As the late summer hits, chinch bugs are making their appearance to say a final hurrah before they're forced out of sight. Chinch bugs can be tough to get rid out without nasty pesticides, but there is a lot you can do with your Vancouver lawn care to prevent the problem from arising. Nutri-Lawn Vancouver wants to help you protect your lawn from the severe damage caused by chinch bugs. Read on for tips on how to adjust your Nutri-Lawn Vancouver lawn care services to free your lawn from chinch bug infestations.
What is a chinch bug?
Adult chinch bugs are deep black with a white patch set in between their wing pads. Chinch bug nymphs, however, are a bright red colour and, though they do not have wings, they have a large horizontal white band that stretches across their shells. Nymphs go through a transition phase beginning with orange, then brown, until finally turning black.
Large dead patches in your grass will alert you to the chinch bug problem. You can also find out if you have an infestation by inserting into your soil a coffee canister that has had both ends removed. Fill the canister with warm soapy water and wait for the bugs to rise to the surface.
Get the right grass
Certain grass varieties work to keep chinch bugs away from your lawn. Nutri-Lawn Vancouver offers one such variety that contains bluegrass, ryegrass, and fescue. These varieties host a high level of endophytes, which ward off insects like chinch bugs.
Keep a moist climate
Chinch bugs prefer a dry climate. If you want to avoid an infestation, adjust your Vancouver lawn care to gain higher moisture levels in your soil. This will be healthier for your grass as well. If you have dry soil, your grass roots won't be able to grow deep and strong.
Get rid of thatch
The thatch layer is the prime habitat for chinch bugs, particularly during cooler temperatures of the fall and winter. If you want to avoid any surprises in next spring's Vancouver lawn care, dethatch your yard. Thatch is the layer of detritus that has built up throughout the summer. It made of grass clippings, leaves, dead creatures, and other natural debris that struggled to decompose during the summer. It creates a warm section of the lawn in which insects and fungi can survive the winter.
Dethatch to remove this safe house. Have Nutri-Lawn Vancouver aerate your lawn to remove thatch. Aeration breaks up the thatch layer, allowing it to decompose faster.
Keep a healthy lawn
One of the most important things you can do for your lawn to prevent insect damage is simply to maintain the health of your grass and roots. Mow regularly, water deeply, fertilize annually, and have a personalized Nutri-Lawn Vancouver lawn care program.
Don't let your Vancouver lawn care lag in these last few weeks of summer. Prepare your lawn for fall and winter with Nutri-Lawn Vancouver lawn care services today. Contact Nutri-Lawn Vancouver for your complimentary estimate.