Pests can attack your lawn and leave you with a patchy, dirt-covered pit. If you see damage in your lawn that’s not caused by malnutrition, overwatering, underwatering, or too much or too little sunlight, it’s likely that you have some sort of pest doing all the damage. Let’s take a look at some of the pests that can dig up your lawn and damage your grass. These creatures thrive on lawns throughout the United States.
The mole may be the most famous culprit of lawn damage. These blind little beasts tunnel just below the surface of our lawns to build shelters and feast on subterranean insects and worms. If you see mounds of exposed dirt, and paths of raised soil, you may have a mole problem. Moles can turn your lawn into a squishy, dirt-filled, tunneled-out deadzone.
Voles are smaller rodents that form paths through your lawn. The vole digs out thin 2 to 3-inch wide paths. They use these paths to get from their nests to sources of food or water. They also utilize nearly subterranean paths to avoid predators, especially birds of prey; the pathways make it difficult for a bird to see the vole, and even more difficult to capture it. However, these paths can also trip you up as you try to mow your now-decimated lawn.
There are a flurry of insects that thrive on grass and grassroots. These tiny creatures can mow down your lawn one blade at a time. Keep an eye out for bugs, including the Japanese beetle (a brown and black beetle), chinch bugs (tiny black bugs), mole crickets (light-colored crickets with wide heads), and the European crane fly (a mosquito-like bug). If these insects are thriving in numbers around your lawn, you could be left with dead patches of grass and barren spots of dirt.
The wild dog can wreak havoc on your lawn. OK, so can tamed dogs. Dogs who choose to tinkle on your lawn may actually harm it. Since dog urine is often alkaline in pH, it can kill off patches of grass. So if you see brown and yellow patches of grass throughout your lawn, take a second look at the canine traffic throughout your yard. If it’s your dog that’s the culprit, you can take him or her to the dog park in lieu of the traditional pit stop on the front lawn.
Once again, it can be difficult to identify the source of unhealthy or dead grass throughout your lawn. Between the possibility of pests, malnutrition, overwatering, underwatering, or too much or too little sunlight, your lawn may be at risk for a wide variety of reasons. That’s the difficult part of raising a happy, healthy, thriving lawn. Fortunately, there are lawn care experts out there in the world. And if you live in the Asheboro or Greensboro areas, you can count on Prestige Lawncare for our premium lawn care services. Get in touch with us to get started!