Most problems in lawns are
not caused by pests, such as insects or disease-causing pathogens.
Damage is more likely the result of poor turfgrass selection or improper
maintenance practices. This section of the Healthy Lawn Guide will
help you diagnose your problems and determine whether a pest is the
Providing proper care and using an appropriate turfgrass species
can prevent the majority of lawn problems.
Refer to the following sections of this guide for more information:
Lawns that are not properly cared for become stressed and can
be more susceptible to insect feeding or diseases. In many cases
a pest infestation is an indicator of another, more serious underlying
problem. Proper identification of pests and the contributing factors
is the key to management.