A Healthy Lawn Depends on Beneficial Organisms

  • Earthworms aerate and fertilize
  • Beetles eat aphids, slugs and snails. They break down decay
  • Ants aerate and help control insect pests and diseases
  • Microscopic worms (nematodes) keep grubs in check
  • Lady beetles feed on aphids, mealybugs, scale and spider mites
  • Dragonflies and damselflies eat mosquitoes, aphids and other pests
  • Birds and bats devour mosquitoes and other pests

Encourage these beneficial organisms by planting native trees, plants and flowers and by avoiding both pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. 

Simple and Safe Maintenance Tips for Lawn Care

  • Mow high (3-3 1/2 inches)
  • Use a sharp blade
  • Don't cut when grass is wet
  • Leave clippings on the lawn
  • Overseed bare patches with ryegrass or fescue
  • Topdress with your own compost or an organic fertilizer
  • Prevent weeds on established turf with corn-gluten meal