One of the more frustrating parts of gardening are the weeds, ticks and insects that can invade your landscape and create a less than desirable environment. There are several ways to reduce the amount of insects and weeds on your property. Not only will this make your garden more enjoyable, but it will also keep your loved ones and friends safe from diseases such as lyme disease.
Today there are much safer spray treatments for ticks than in the past. You can have your entire yard sprayed or opt for a perimeter treatment which is much more eco-friendly and very effective. Tick control is usually performed in early spring and again in the fall to protect friends, family and pets against lyme disease. There are also steps that you can take to help ensure ticks won’t be attracted to your yard such as raking leaves and trimming trees/shrubs. Playground equipment should be placed in an open area, away from the trees. In some cases it is also advisable to create a barrier between your yard and a nearby wooded area using wood chips or gravel.
Mosquitos and garden pests are another common problem that many people face in the summertime. To control mosquitoes, having the proper chlorination for hot tubs, pools and garden ponds is essential. Drainage is another important factor to consider. After a rainfall walk along your property and note areas where pools of water are gathering. Fixing any drainage problems can provide a remarkable improvement in pest control and prevent against potential water damage as well. For general garden pests there is a wide selection of organic lawn treatments available that target common garden and lawn insects.
Weed control towards the end of summer is an important preventative measure to take for the spring. A pre-emergent herbicide applied in late August to early September will prevent seeds from germinating and weeds from spreading throughout your yard. The heavier the rainfall has been, the earlier you should apply the pre-emergent herbicide. Mulching is another helpful measure to take against weeds because without enough sunlight the seedlings are less likely to grow.