The tiny, sap-sucking insects known as aphids are among the worst enemies of lawns – when they appear on your lawn, they suck out the life of your precious turf in no time, leaving behind dried, yellow leaves covered in a black, sticky substance (the secretion of aphids). There are several methods to get rid of aphid infestations or to keep the size of the colonies under colonies – here are some:
- Use the natural enemies of aphids – lady beetles and parasitic wasps feed on aphids, while certain plants, including carnip and aster drive aphids away, so companion planting might be the most durable solution. Garlic and chives also repel aphids, so a small vegetable garden next to your lawn might help a lot;
- Water in abundance – in some cases, all it takes to get rid of aphids is to wash them away with plenty of water and make sure to use a recommended lawn fertilizer that helps to eliminate them:
- Use insecticides – the best natural substances to use include canola oil or neem. The substance needs to be applied on the leaves very thoroughly, so be prepared that the process will be tedious and it will need to be repeated every day for several days. You can also try to water the infested area with water to which you add some insecticidal soap.