Like giving yourself a healthy diet, exercise, and good living conditions, taking care of your lawn's soil makes all the difference. An overfertilized and overwatered lawn is the perfect place for pest and disease problems to develop. So is one that isn't mowed at the right height or isn't mowed often enough. The traditional approach is to attack the problem with chemicals, but that doesn't work if the cause of the problem isn't resolved.
Pests and diseases are present in every lawn, but they lay dormant until conditions are right for their development. Any problem depends on the presence of three elements: a disease or pest, a host (your lawn), and conditions favorable to the problem. Eliminate the conditions, and the problem will go away without the need for toxic pesticides or other chemicals.
The following sections introduce you to pest and disease control the sustainable way.
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