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                                                       Fall Lawn And Garden Pests
                                                               By Ted Roberson



     With the cool weather of the fall season, most lawn and garden pests and diseases begin to
dwindle away. Yet, there are a few lawn and garden pests that thrive off of the cool temperatures of the
fall season.

One good point about fall lawn and garden pests is that they won’t have the chance to last as long as
spring and summer pests because the freezing temperatures of winter will kill them off long before they
do a tremendous amount of damage.

Still, though, if these fall lawn and garden pests have been at it all summer long, they may stick around
through the fall and wreak havoc on the remaining lawn and garden perennials, bulbs and trees.

Fall Armyworms

The most beautiful part about the fall season is the different colors of foliage that will begin to appear in
September and October. Unfortunately, Fall Armyworms love to prey on this beautiful foliage during the
fall months, as their name suggests, and can do damage very rapidly.

They usually appear in September and will stick around until the first big frost. The major problem with
this fall lawn and garden pest is that they almost always feed at night, making it hard to identify the
problem until you wake in the morning to leaves that have been chewed around the edges.

The upside to Fall Armyworms as a fall lawn and garden pest is that they are usually easy to spot, as
they are a large tan to dark brown colored worm with a large stripe either brown or red in color on each
side.

Fall Armyworms often like to make themselves present in cornfields in the early fall months and can
cause major damage to the remaining corn crops. For those farmers and gardeners who are aware of
Fall Armyworms, a pretreatment of pesticides will usually kill the larvae that are preparing to hatch.
Unfortunately, the pretreatment needs to be established by late July or August to prevent damage in
September.

Grubworms


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Grubworms like the cool weather season and feed more in the spring and fall months. Fortunately as a
fall lawn and garden pest they do not do as much damage as they do in the spring, but they can still be
a concern for some climate zones, especially those that stay above freezing well into November.

Keep in mind that grubworms will usually survive over the winter and turn into adult beetles, repeating
the entire life cycle in the spring, and this is why grubworms can be such a problem for all seasons.

Most of the time, they will hatch in the late summer and begin feeding on lawn and garden roots in the
fall. This is when gardeners will notice patches of dead grass or grass that is squishy or can easily be
pulled up since the roots are missing.

If at all possible, apply grubworm control in the mid to late summer, something with the active
ingredient imidacloprid, which is a chloro-nicotinyl compound. This will kill the larvae before they get a
chance to hatch in the late summer and will keep the life cycle from perpetuating.

Sod Webworms

Similar to the grubworms, sod webworms have a year long life cycle that means they can become fall
lawn and garden pests as well as being bothersome during the spring and summer. Instead of arriving
in the form of beetles, the sod webworms come from adult moths that usually begin laying eggs in the
spring.

The difference is that their eggs hatch fairly quickly but the webworms are so small that their infestation
may go undetected until they cocoon and reemerge as moths in the late summer to produce another
generation that is more destructive. This is why you may see sod webworm problems in the fall
months.

While it is helpful to use preventive sod webworm control through Microbial pesticides, the problem is
that many of these pesticides will not only kill the moths of sod webworms, they may also kill butterflies
and even non-pest moths.

The best method of prevention is to simply clean up leaves, grass clippings, mulch and plant debris in
the fall months to keep the webworms from making webs in these places and producing more larvae.

Ted Roberson owner of landscape living is a landscape and garden enthusiast who has years of
experience working and creating outdoor living areas. Discover how you can improve and maintain
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                                                     By Mr.Andrew Caxton



 Organic lawn care is the best way to make your lawn look healthy and also to help to keep the
environment protected.

If you regularly look after your lawn with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, then you may not realize
that you could actually be damaging the environment. We purchase our lawn care products thinking
that they are good for our lawn and that they are safe to use. However that is sadly not always the
case.

If you really want to look after your lawn then organic lawn care is what you need. It gives you a peace
of mind when your children are out playing on the lawn and you will know that you are helping to
protect the environment.

Using the Right Organic Lawn Care

One of the most surprising things that you will learn when it comes to your lawn, is that taller grass is
actually healthier. This is generally because longer grass is better able to cope with everyday stresses
and strains than shorter grass is. Ideally you should ensure that your lawn has three inches of grass. In
the summer months this tends to be even more important as short grass has a habit of drying out and
turning yellow or brown. Longer grass has deeper roots and that allows them to get al of the moisture
that they need.

Also another important factor to remember is that your grass seedlings will also be looked after if there
is loner grass next to them. The suns harmful rays cannot get to the seedlings as much if they are
shaded by longer grass and so they survive a lot better than they would if you had shorter grass.

You may find that you need to fertilize your lawn and if that is the case then opt for an organic fertilizer.
You can find these in most garden stores but if not, you can always find them on the Internet too. You
should never use fertilizer in the summer months however; doing so will only cause your lawn to
overheat. So it is better to use fertilizer during either fall or spring months.

If your lawn suffers from pests then it would be a good idea to use an organic pesticide too.
Alternatively you can use other methods to keep the pests at bay. Things such as placing a bird bath in
your garden will attract local birds which will in turn eat your pests. If you provide them with shrubs they
will also hide in there and it will encourage the birds to stay around for longer.

Overall organic lawn care is simple when you know how and the only main rule is to avoid any
chemical products.

Andrew Caxton is a syndicated columnist on different resources like
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