Residential and commercial properties share a few similarities, especially in the summertime. With better weather comes more foot traffic, more color, and more pests. If you think you love your lawn in the summer, just imagine how happy pests are!
That’s right; summer isn’t all about beach trips, backyard picnics, and longer days—it’s also prime time for bugs and insects. Regardless of where you live in the U.S., if it’s summer, you’re going to see more insects.
To keep your property safe and comfortable, we have a few things to look out for as well as preventative tips. Read on to find out more!
Signs of Summer Pests
Check around your garden and landscape for these giveaways.
- Yellow or brown patches in the grass
- Damaged leaf blades or turf
- Change in the texture of leaves—unusually oily, dry, or brittle leaves are a sign of infestation
- Holes or strange marks in your produce
- Clusters of tiny insects on the underside of leaves
Common Summer Pests
Now that you know what to look out for, you should have an idea of what you may be dealing with. Here’s a list of the most common lawn pests.
These caterpillars spin silken webs along tree branches. While they won’t necessarily damage your tree, they’re not a pretty sight and can span upwards of 3 feet by the end of summer!
Whiteflies are tiny, flying insects that feed off of plant juices. They begin on the underside of leaves and eventually swarm around your yard and numbers can grow rapidly in drought-prone areas.
Although they are small, they are mighty! These tiny pests will feed off of your plants and leave behind sticky substances that ultimately attract ants and other unwelcome guests.
A more well-known pest, these guys are bigger than their counterparts and have the chompers to prove it. Naturally not picky eaters, grasshoppers, will chew through weeds, ornamentals, stems, and pretty much any leaf they can get around.
What You Can Do
Fortunately, you don’t have to sit by idly and wait for these summer pests to wreak havoc on your landscape. With the right preventative care, you can keep your lawn pest-free all summer long.
Routine care and regular maintenance like proper mowing, mulching, good irrigation, and keeping a watchful eye are all enough to keep your landscape safe from a rolly polly takeover this summer!
We Can Help
At Complete Landsculpture, our team of experts are well-versed in specialized landscaping practices that can keep your yard safe.
We’ll choose the best plants, place them strategically, and can offer up suggestions for outdoor features that are known to keep pests far, far away (like fireplaces and firepits).
Whether you’re looking for regular upkeep or you’re ready to transform your property, we are ready to help! Get in touch with our team, and we will begin creating your COMPLETE outdoor experience.