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.
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.
- The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns - University of California-Davis
- Pests in Gardens and Landscapes: Lawn Insects - University of California-Davis
- Managing Lawn and Turf Insects - University of Minnesota
- Insects in the City: Pests of Lawns - Texas A & M
- Major Turf Insects & Diseases - University of Illinois
- Greenscaping: The Easier Way to a Greener, Healthier Yard - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
- How to have a healthy lawn, healthy Environment - California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR)
- Pests in Homes, Gardens, Landscapes, and Turf - University of California Statewide IPM Program
- Non Toxic Weed Control - Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC)
- IPM for Turfgrass in Schools - Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC)
- Lawn and Garden (Videos and Resources) - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)