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\PESTS | ANTS | CHEMICALS | NATURAL CONTROL
| GRASSES | GUIDE
Chemical Controls in Lawns
|Pesticides are not to be applied unless there is a
definite infestation and the offending pest ha s been identified. The county agent will
know and the experts in the pesticide field can tell you exactly what the pest is and what
methods it will take to get rid of the problem.
should be used strictly by the directions and only under the situations
Never use pesticides around
children or animals (and this means not letting them onto the grass until
the drying time is complete), never use in the wind, never use near a water source, never
use in a run-off area especially if it looks like rain, never apply when the temperature
is above recommendation because this only evaporates the spray and intensifies the
chemical but will burn the grass and kill it. Always water the lawn thoroughly a day
before being sprayed to condition the grass for the application of the chemical.
|Lawn Pests -
The majority of insects are nighttime feeders and the very best
time to apply sprays for the contact of the largest number will be late in the evening
AFTER the temperature has fallen below the recommended degree. And the sun is fading fast.
For those of us who live in the truly hot climates this will of course be a harder task to
wait until the sun is about gone but it can be done. Sprays are rather easy and are
applied with a hose feeder container. They work rather swiftly in the contact method and
also can come in the systemic version.
Systemic simply means that the
pesticide goes down to the roots and is taken into the tissue of the plant and eaten by
the pest and poisoned. Slower acting but a little more final in one way. Granular
pesticides are systemic and contact killers also. They are applied evenly with a spreader
and absorb the moisture and slow dissolve. They do not act as swiftly as sprays but there
are some insects further in the grass plant that they can reach and safer to use for
people who cannot use sprays because of health issues.
No matter which pesticide
routine you choose remember that you are also killing GOOD bugs
and organisms which help the grass and the ground so be absolutely sure you have a number
worth controlling and have identified which pest is best controlled by the correct
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