National Pesticide Information Center



Lawn IPM

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 npic@ace.orst.edu.

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Last updated November 16, 2015