Each year, the summer passed in a gust of wind. That’s why every moment spent enjoying your yard is a real pleasure. You certainly do not want to spend these moments to chase unwanted insects from your garden and pull weeds in your lawn! Here are some quick fixes and simple little things to take to repel the entry of insects and limit the growth of unwanted plants on your lawn.

Cheers, slugs!

The slug is a mollusc that eats the foliage of hostas, his favorite plant. How to make them disappear? With a good glass of beer! The smell of yeast contained in the liquid attracts them and they let themselves sink into a container filled with beer. To get there, stick a plastic container to ground level near the affected plants. Pour beer and voila. For better efficiency, replace the beer every other day.

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Earwigs sardines taken into

The diet of these insects consists mostly of debris and small insects. However, they are particularly fond of clematis flowers, the flowers of dahlias, lettuce leaves and, curiously, sardines! This is indeed the best bait to catch these big pests. An old sardine tin containing a little oil is very effective to collect tens of earwigs. Place the tins of sardines in your flower bed and early morning, walk around your traps and throw the contents. Earwigs may be present throughout the summer, especially during the flowering period of clematis and dahlias.

Nematodes attack grub

Blank verse is actually a beetle that is still in the larva. This insect plump and curled in the shape of “C” because a lot of damage to residential lawns. The larva feeds on the roots under the lawn. It is normal to have some larvae in your soil. The risks arise when the population exceeds five to ten larvae per square foot. Their worst enemies are the nematodes. These are microscopic worms that usually live in soil. They complete their life cycle within the insects, killing them at the same time.

Nematodes are living organisms. Most garden centers do not take these products in stores, which must be ordered. You first soak culture in the amount of water recommended by the manufacturer, pour into a spray bottle about six liters and spray liberally on the lawn. It is recommended to water the lawn the day before and after treatment as nematodes travel better in moist soils.

Say goodbye to weeds

The mower takes a break

How the mower can influence the growth of weeds in your lawn? By cutting height! Indeed, a lawn mowed high, that is to say approximately 10 cm, making it harder seeds of weeds that try to reach the ground to germinate. This simple little trick also helps control grubs preferring to lay eggs in a lawn mowed short.

Go, sow!

Weeds take advantage of free lawn spaces to grow. Therefore, they need the damn pin surfaces by filling the empty new strands of grass. First scrape the bare ground with a small hand rake and sprinkle the grass seed. Scrape back the soil to incorporate the seed and water it generously. It is ideal to re-seeding in late fall, around mid-September, or early spring to early May.