Families and pets enjoy lawns in parks, schools, businesses and homes. Integrated pest management can help you keep both lawn pests and pesticides to a minimum. If you already have an identified pest problem, these fact sheets may be helpful.
To prevent future problems, consider taking some proactive steps to pest-proof your lawn.
- Choose a type of grass that thrives in your region and climate.
- Develop and maintain healthy soil.
- Mow often with sharp blades and mow high; generally 2.5-3.5 inches high.
- If dead grass, or thatch, gets thicker than a half-inch, remove it with a rake.
- Water deep and rarely, rather than short periods that occur more often.
- Determine how many weeds you can tolerate, and how many you can pull.
- Determine if promoting beneficial insects may help prevent or control pests on your lawn.
If you have questions about this, or any pesticide-related topic, please call NPIC at 1-800-858-7378 (8:00am - 12:00pm PST), or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated August 26, 2019