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(ARA) - A lawn is an extension of our living space, a place where we can enjoy outdoor activities with family and friends. When pests invade our yards and threaten our comfort and safety, it's important to take action to control insects and weeds by choosing and using lawn and garden products carefully.
Protective care often involves the use of pesticides to rid lawns of harmful pests like grubs, mosquitoes, ticks, fire ants, poison ivy and ragweed. With careful research and responsible use, homeowners can benefit from the effectiveness of these products.
"Having the right tools and a plan of action gives homeowners peace of mind when it comes to protecting their living space both inside and out," says Aaron Hobbs, president of RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment), a national organization representing the manufacturers, formulators and distributors of pesticide and fertilizer products used in home and lawn care. "Nothing is more rewarding than enjoying activities on a healthy lawn or a pest-free outdoor area with family, friends and pets."
Follow these simple instructions for a PEST (plan, execute, stay aware and treat products with care) plan of action:
Before taking action on any lawn care project, research potential problems carefully. Every lawn differs depending on climate and location, so find out what most often affects lawns in your area. Make an action plan with specific steps to deal with problem pests, including when to tackle important projects and what methods prove most effective. Different pests require different pesticides, so knowing specifically what needs to be done allows for proper pesticide selection and pest elimination. Local lawn care specialists and extension agents can help answer your questions about making effective pest elimination plans.
Once a plan is in place, proper action can be taken. Remember, however, that lawn care products are not effective unless they are used properly. Carefully read and follow all directions on how to mix, apply and store pesticides. Also, use only the label-recommended amount of product for the size and makeup of your lawn area.
After the application of pesticides and other pest-management tools, keep track of lawn conditions. Lawns require care beyond the use of pesticides, so it remains important that grass is kept trimmed and watered. If any unwanted results occur or new pests pop up, consult a lawn-care specialist or extension agent to help fix the problem.
Treat Products With Care
Store all pesticides according to label directions, away from children and pets. Handling pesticide products responsibly protects both lawn and homeowner.
Ridding lawns of weeds and insects makes outdoor living spaces healthy and welcoming for activities enjoyed with family and friends. Through a PEST plan of action, your lawn will be something to share.