A professionally maintained and treated lawn is the best way to keep ticks out of your Fiskhill, NY, yard. With increasingly mild winters and rising summer temperatures, the tick population is growing. This means that Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses are also on the rise. If you’re worried about ticks in your yard, it’s time to talk to your lawn care professional about proper lawn treatment.
Mowing and Watering
A professional lawn care company will maintain a regular mowing and watering schedule to ensure that the grass in your lawn is kept at the right height and moisture level that is least appealing to ticks. Ticks like longer grasses, so any unnecessary grass length in your yard is basically an invitation for them to take up residence.
To ensure that your lawn never looks appealing to ticks, it’s important to have a regularly scheduled lawn mowing service. In addition to not being an ideal habitat for ticks, shorter lawn grass attracts natural tick predators. A properly watered lawn also deters ticks. Ticks like moist areas, so lawns should not be overwatered. However, a lawn can’t be underwatered or it will brown and die.
Optimum lawn watering also depends on soil composition, grass species, and proper drainage. In other words, watering a lawn can be complicated. The best bet is to hire a professional lawn care company that will maintain an appropriate and regular irrigation schedule.
Natural Tick Control
A tick-free yard is a neat and tidy yard. This begins with a well-maintained lawn. Natural fertilization, soil amendments, and adequate irrigation can help attract natural trick predators, like birds. Additionally, ticks do not like direct sunlight, so you need to have your trees and shrubs properly pruned.
There should also be no leaf litter or other natural debris in your yard. Wood should be stacked neatly and in a dry place, so as not to attract tick-carrying rodents. As much as possible, patios, pools, and other frequently used spaces, should be located away from the edges of the yard and trees. For homes located adjacent to forest, a fence could help you keep tick-carrying mammals, like raccoons or deer, out of the yard. If you’re concerned with the environment and the welfare of beneficial creatures that might be inhabiting a lawn, natural tick control, with the advice of a lawn care professional, can be highly effective.
If you want enhancements that go beyond natural tick control, your lawn care professional will know what insecticide will work best for your particular yard. Insecticides often work by suppressing growth at certain points in ticks’ natural lifecycle. This ensures that the tick never reaches its disease-transmitting maturity.
Timing is also important when applying insecticide. Your lawn care professional will apply the chemicals when the weather starts to warm up, usually during late spring or early summer, and again in the fall.
It is important to hire professionals to apply insecticide to your lawn. They will know how often and how much insecticide needs to be applied, and what particular pesticide will do the most good and least damage in your yard. Lawn care professionals are also familiar with the rules and regulations associated with any insecticide they apply.