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[] Protecting Your Lawn the Organic Way

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Many lawn owners like to use chemical pesticides and herbicides to control the
pest and weed growth in their lawn. However, these chemicals are harmful to the
environment if they are not used in the proper way. They may also kill insects
that are actually helpful to the lawn. Runoff from these chemicals may find
their way into the nearby water supply. The two main categories of lawn issues
that you need to deal with on a regular basis are weeds and pests. Before you
can properly implement any form of control, you need to identify the type of
weeds and pests that your lawn has. Once you identify them correctly, you can
look for an organic solution to control these weeds and pests. Weeds are broadly
categorized as broadleaf or narrowleaf. They are further divided into perennial
weeds and annual weeds. The perennial weeds are harder to control as they live
from year to year and produce seeds that help the weeds spread. The annual weeds
grow for one season, produce seeds and then die off. This cycle repeat again the
following year. If you are unsure of what weeds you have in your lawn, you can
take some samples to your county extension or nursery and they will help you
identify them. Once you have them identified, you can formulate a plan to bring
them under control without the use of chemical herbicides. The simplest method
is to use your hands and pull out the weeds together with their roots. However,
the best way to control weeds is to focus on building a healthier lawn. Check
that you are mowing at the right height and ensure that your lawn is getting the
right amount of nutrients and water. Too much or too little nutrients and water
will weaken your lawn and allow the weeds to prosper. Pest is another problem
that you will face constantly and you can also control them using organic
methods. Some of the common pests you will face include armyworms, cutworms,
billbugs and Japanese beetles. You can control these pests the natural way. Many
organic pest control products use natural ingredients such as citrus oils,
garlic and hot peppers. Some product use lemon as its base and they are quite
effective in killing various pests without harming your lawn. You can try to use
a spray that use sesame oil, clove oil and thyme oil as base for repelling
insects like grasshoppers and ants. Another type of spray use black peppers and
garlic for its base and can be safely used on lawns and gardens. This type of
spray will help control mosquitoes, gnats, fleas, and ticks. You can also use
insecticidal soaps to kill most of the soft-bodied pests like chinch bugs and
sod webworms. This type of insecticidal soap work fast, breakdown quickly and
are harmless to humans. You have to mix the insecticidal soap with water and
apply them to your lawn. By the way, if you discover a particular type of insect
is constantly giving you problems, you may want to consider planting another
type of grass that is resistant to that type of insect. Regardless of what type
of pesticides or herbicides you are using, you must use it safely. Pesticides
that are non-toxic to your lawn may be harmful to human beings. Always read the
product labels when using such products. You should always opt for those
products with natural ingredients as its base if you have the choice. A healthy
vigorous lawn has fewer problems and it should be your primary focus for all
your maintenance efforts. Proper aeration, watering, fertilizing and mowing will
help your lawn grow healthily and make it non-conducive for weeds and pest to
thrive. About the Author Jack Greenwood is the webmaster of
GreenLawnCareTips.com which provide information on lawn care and simple weed
control tips. Sign up for your free 7-part Green Lawn Care min-course at
http://greenlawncaretips.com today.

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