Follow these tips to keep your lawn thriving this month: be strategic in treating yellow grass, since most Florida counties implement fertilizer bans; check for common summer pests and treat them appropriately; avoid weedkiller; and keep your mower blades sharp!
Soil solarization uses sunlight and heat conduction to raise soil temperatures and eliminate unwanted pests, weeds, and diseases. This method effectively utilizes the scorching months of the year to prepare the land for a fall garden. Implement this method in your home garden this summer.
Consider these non-chemical pest control methods that are better for both the environment and your personal health. Natural methods of controlling landscape pests include installing insect-repelling plants, using natural products, and keeping up with appropriate cultural controls.
Pest prevention and eradication is easier when you know what to expect and how to identify insect damage. Get familiar with Florida’s common summer landscape pests and know how to spot them. Then you can correctly identify problems and apply appropriate controls.
Fire ants are a common problem for Florida homeowners. Manage this pest population by correctly identifying the species and implementing smart control methods like broadcast bait applications and individual mound treatments. Encourage biological controls and take simple steps to prevent turfgrass damage.
Although Florida springtime brings warmth, colors, and new growth, it is also the time when seasonal insects appear. Learn how to identify different pests and how to discourage their presence so that you can manage them effectively and enjoy the beautiful aspects of the season.
Many homeowners and gardeners are interested in controlling plant pests without using chemicals that end up in landscape runoff. Green pest control methods include planting natural insect repellents, applying natural products, and implementing cultural controls.
Black sooty mold is a fungus that covers leaves, stems, and fruit. It grows on honeydew, a sugary substance produced by insects such as whiteflies and mealybugs. Manage these pests and prevent further infestations with insecticide applications and proper cultural practices.
Mosquitoes are a nuisance and pose a significant health threat. Chemical repellents are an option for an afternoon away from the house, but homeowners can also effectively combat mosquitoes on their property by choosing plants that act as natural repellents.