During the fall months, the focus on lawn care can shift away from frequent mowing as the rate of your lawn's growth slows down. While your grass is preparing to go dormant for the winter months, it is essential to focus on preventative care to keep your lawn pest-free and capable of receiving as much sunlight as possible. Pests can wreak havoc on a lawn if left to their own devices, making it harder for your grass to come back as vibrant and green as it was before winter came. Here are just a few of the pests you may encounter while protecting your lawn this fall, and how the damage they cause can be mitigated:
Moles are small burrowing mammals whose bodies are especially adapted to living underground and hunting for bugs such as grubs. The mole's strong claws help it dig away at the soil, creating tunnels underground.
As moles burrow into your lawn, you may be able to notice them from their volcano-shaped tunnel entrances, which differ from other burrowing mammals, or by the raised areas of grass in lines above the moles' tunnels.
In some ways, moles can be beneficial to a lawn if they are relatively controllable. Moles eat grubs, after all, as a primary food source. In fact, one of the best ways to control mole populations is by controlling grubs.
Your lawn will likely need to be mowed less often than it did in the summer, but while it is necessary to space out the time between each mow, it is also important to remain consistent with the maintenance task. Lawns that become too long during the fall make for an ideal habitat for unwanted pests.