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How Do I Get Rid of Mosquitoes (Quickly!)? Top 10 Ways to Prevent and Get Rid of Mosquitoes

If you’re dealing with a mosquito problem, you’re not alone. These pesky insects are a summertime nuisance for many homeowners. While there are a ton of products on the market that claim to be good at eliminating mosquitoes, it’s important to take a holistic approach to preventing and getting rid of any mosquitoes present in your yard. This includes taking preventative steps to eliminate standing water in your yard (where mosquitoes breed), as well as applying insect repellent and other natural methods to prevent mosquito bites.

With all of that said, while there are some things you can do to prevent mosquitoes from taking over your yard, sometimes you just need to get rid of them quickly!

So, we’ve pulled together a very practical guide on mosquito control, including how to get rid of mosquitoes once they’ve arrived, and how to develop a sustainable pest control program with some tips and tricks that mosquitoes hate!

Quick Intro: Mosquito lifecycle

Mosquitoes are annoying pests that reproduce quickly, making it hard to get rid of them. To better understand how to prevent and eliminate these insects, it’s important to understand their lifecycle.

Adult female mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water or moist soil that is protected from direct sunlight. The mosquito eggs hatch within 48 hours and the mosquito larvae begin to feed on small organisms in the water until they reach the pupa stage, at which point they become airborne.

Adult mosquitoes live for about two weeks and can reproduce during that time. During this time, mosquitoes bite to obtain blood meals (which are needed for egg production) from humans and animals. Female mosquitoes also prefer areas with standing water or high humidity because these provide ideal conditions for egg-laying and survival of their young.

Female mosquitoes mate only once in their lifetime and can lay up to 300 eggs at a time. After hatching, the larvae go through four stages before reaching the pupa stage where they become adults ready for flight. During this process, mosquitoes go through a complete metamorphosis of changing from an aquatic larva into a flying adult mosquito. Once transformed, adult female mosquitoes will fly around looking for food (blood meal from that pesky mosquito bite!) so that she can produce more eggs before ultimately dying in two weeks’ time.

Because of its short lifecycle and ability to reproduce so quickly, getting rid of mosquitoes can be difficult if preventive measures aren’t taken first. This includes regularly checking your property for any standing water where mosquitoes may be breeding as well as using insect repellents when outdoors to deter them from biting you or your family members.

Mosquitoes are most active during the summer months when temperatures are warm and humidity is high. Adult mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in areas with standing water or high humidity because these provide ideal conditions for egg-laying and survival of their young. Mosquitoes are especially active at dawn and dusk when they are looking for food sources to feed on.

Additionally, mosquitoes tend to be more active in shaded areas where there is more protection from direct sunlight, making them more difficult to spot and avoid.

Here are a few tips for how to get rid of mosquitoes fast–follow these and you’ll stop mosquitoes in their tracks!

(1): Check for areas in your yard where mosquitoes like to live, lay eggs, and rest, including any standing water around your property. These areas attract mosquitoes and should be cleaned up, removed if possible, and should be key areas for treatment.

The first step to getting rid of mosquitoes is to not attract mosquitoes in the first place!

Taking proper care of your property and yard is extremely important to make sure mosquitoes don’t become a problem. Take some time to survey your outdoor areas and look for any prime mosquito spots. These will generally include areas with standing water, like rain barrels, still murky ponds, bird baths, pet bowls, or clogged gutters. And, when possible, make sure your yard has proper drainage. Mosquitoes find all of these moist areas to be ideal for laying eggs, so finding and eliminating them will make a huge dent in the overall mosquito population.

Once you’ve found these moisture-filled places, begin the process of cleaning them up or eliminating them altogether. This can drastically reduce the amount of mosquitoes hanging around your yard.

Additionally, once all high-risk areas have been identified and addressed, you should use products that treat those areas to keep them mosquito free. Taking all these steps will give you relief from pesky, buzzing friends!

One such way to treat these water-logged areas is to use “mosquito dunks”. These are a highly effective, safe, and natural way to control mosquitoes around the home. Made of a slow-release, granular insecticide called Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies israelensis (BTI), these dunks act as a larvicide that targets the mosquito larvae in standing water and kills them before they can emerge as adults. When used properly, one dunk can treat up to 100 square feet of standing water for up to 30 days, depending on water temperatures.

Mosquito dunks are especially effective against larvae in areas that are difficult to treat with sprays or foggers, such as ponds and swamps. They have been found to be harmless to humans as well as other organisms like frogs, fish, birds and other animals. The active ingredient in the BTI is a naturally occurring bacteria that specifically targets the digestive system of mosquito larvae and breaks down easily without leaving behind any harmful residue. This makes it safe for use around children, pets, plants and wildlife while still delivering powerful results. With regular use, mosquito dunks can provide long-term protection from mosquitoes by continuously releasing BTI into the water until all larvae have been eliminated.

(2): Try using natural mosquito repellents like citronella candles or essential oils

When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, there are many different approaches, including fully organic products that are very effective.

Many natural repellents can be just as effective, or even more so!

Citronella candles (our favorite here), which have been used for centuries to repel insects, are widely available and often highly effective at repelling mosquitoes around your outdoor space.

Essential oils and incense (here’s our top pick) with mosquito-repelling properties such as lavender, lemon grass and cedarwood can also be incredibly useful, whether you diffuse them indoors or put a few drops on your skin.

Natural alternatives are safer for you and the environment – skip the traditional repellents this summer and explore these options instead!

(3): Use a fan when you’re outside to keep mosquitoes away from you

Fans can be great natural mosquito-repellents as the breeze they create help to keep mosquitoes away. And, some even pair a fan with cool misting for those super hot days! Make sure to continuously move the fan so that it will create a wind tunnel and sweep any mosquitoes away from you.

When you are spending time outdoors this summer, make sure you bring a fan along!

Not only is this an effective way to prevent mosquito bites and potential allergies or illnesses, but also adds a cooling effect on those especially hot days.

Fun fact: mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide.

They rely on carbon dioxide as a means of locating their prey, as it is produced in large quantities by warm-blooded animals during respiration. Carbon dioxide also triggers the release of compounds that further attract mosquitoes and guide them to their host.

Embrace the nice weather and remember to always have your trusty fan by your side!

(4): Safeguard your home, including installing (and repairing as needed) mosquito netting or screens over any doors or windows that don’t have them

Protecting your home should be a top priority–indoor mosquitoes are a huge nuisance! Insects, such as mosquitoes, can invade space and create health hazards for your family. Installing mosquito netting or screens over any doors or windows without them is an essential (and relatively inexpensive) step to keeping pesky bugs out of your domain.

Not only does this guard against bites and discomfort, screened areas can also provide valuable protection from the sun and act as barriers against dust particles and other irritants that might affect members of your household. With so many benefits, investing in screens of netting for all exposed openings definitely makes sense.

(5): Apply mosquito repellent to your skin before going outside … and then re-apply as needed once you’re outside!

Going outside in the warm weather is a great way to enjoy some fresh air and relax, but it does come with its own hazards. Mosquitos are wide-reaching and their bites can transmit dangerous diseases, so it’s important to take preventative measures. Every time you go outside, before exposing yourself to potential insect bites, apply mosquito repellent to your skin (here’s our favorite DEET-free with Lemon Eucalyptus).

Applying bug spray each time you head out will help keep you safe while still allowing you to have fun outside. It may sound like an inconvenience but think of it as a reminder to make the most out of precious outdoor time!

Although you should consider mosquito repellent during most of the Spring through Fall time, it is an essential part of outdoor safety, especially during the summer months when mosquitoes are most active. To make this super easy, try keeping a spray bottle of your favorite insect repellent by the door so you can grab on your way out to the yard (and, better yet, always keep a mini spray bottle in your bag, purse, wherever so you’re always prepared!).

Applying mosquito repellent every time you go outside can help protect yourself and those around you from potential insect bites and the illnesses they may carry.

Mosquitoes can spread disease (such as West Nile virus, malaria, dengue fever, Zika virus, heartworm disease in animals, and other mosquito borne illnesses) that can affect people of all ages. So getting rid of mosquitoes is also an effective form of disease control. And, don’t forget–it is important for all age groups to apply mosquito repellent each time they go outside in order to stay safe from these harmful diseases.

(6): Wear long sleeves and pants when you’re in areas with a lot of mosquitoes

Mosquitoes carry a range of diseases and can make your time outdoors quite uncomfortable. To protect yourself, you should always wear long sleeves and pants when visiting areas with lots of mosquitoes. Covering up as much skin as possible will lower your chance of being bitten and suffering from an unpleasant illness. Not to mention, it’ll make your outdoor experience so much more pleasant without dealing with the annoyance of pesky bugs! So before heading out into mosquito-prone areas, make sure you’re dressed appropriately – long sleeves and pants are absolutely essential!

(7): Consider “perimeter protection” from a bug zapper (or two!)

Bug zappers (sometimes called “mosquito traps”) are an effective way to protect yourself and your outdoor space from mosquitoes and other flying insects. (here’s our favorite, with 1-acre coverage)

Placed strategically around the perimeter of your property, bug zappers create an invisible barrier that helps to keep pesky bugs away. The ultraviolet light emitted by the zapper attracts bugs and draws them in, where they are then electrocuted, thus reducing the insect population in your area (bug zappers are a very effective way to kill mosquitoes; if you would prefer an approach that does not kill mosquitoes, make sure you follow the other tips in this blog!).

When using a bug zapper outdoors, make sure it is placed at least five feet off the ground, away from any standing water sources, and far away from any areas you plan on spending time in. Avoid placing it too close to windows or doors as this can cause an accumulation of dead insects near these entry points into your home. Furthermore, try to choose a model with a removable catch-tray for easy cleaning and disposal of dead bugs.

An Asian Tiger Mosquito … ugh!

To maximize effectiveness, place multiple bug zappers around your property so that you can cover more area with fewer units. Additionally, if possible try to make sure there is good airflow around the device as this will help it attract and catch more bugs.

Finally, for optimal results be sure to check the batteries on your bug zapper regularly and replace them when necessary so that it remains at peak performance. With a bit of extra effort, bug zappers can provide effective ‘perimeter protection’ against mosquitoes and other annoying flying insects – giving you peace of mind while enjoying outdoor activities all summer long!

(8): Use a high-quality (preferably organic) insect control application

The best way to keep mosquitoes out of your yard is to use a high-quality, preferably organic, insect control product (here is our favorite: Barefoot Yard Organic Tick & Mosquito Yard Spray). These products are designed to eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from invading your outdoor space by using a combination of plant-based natural oils that are proven to be effective at both killing and repelling the insects. The application is easy to use – simply mix it with water and spray it around the perimeter of your property – and it’s safe for people, pets, and plants. Additionally, because this product uses only natural ingredients, it’s less likely to harm beneficial insects or the environment.

Ultimately, using a good quality insect control product like the Barefoot Yard product in combination with other preventative measures will help keep unwanted pests away from your outdoor living area all summer long! With proper application and maintenance, you can enjoy your backyard without worrying about pesky mosquitoes buzzing around.

(9): Having an outdoor gathering and need a quick fix for the night? Try a backyard insect/mosquito fogger.

Aerosol mosquito foggers can be a great way to quickly rid your outdoor space of mosquitoes, especially for those throwing an outdoor gathering. These foggers are easy to use and spray an aerosol insecticide into the air, killing any mosquitoes and other flying insects in range.

To ensure the best possible outcome and safety, there are some important steps to consider when using a mosquito fogger.

First and foremost, make sure to read all instructions on the label before beginning, as different brands may require unique tasks. Usually this includes selecting a product that is suitable for your particular needs (i.e., one that works against mosquitoes), shaking the container well before use, closing all windows/doors in the area being treated and turning off all fans or other air circulation sources. It’s also recommended that you cover any fish tanks or water features in order to prevent the mist from entering. Additionally, you should always wear protective clothing (gloves, long sleeves/pants) and a mask when spraying the area in order to avoid inhaling any of the mist yourself.

Once you have completed these preliminary steps, it’s time to apply the product itself! This involves positioning yourself upwind of where you plan on releasing the mist so it does not blow back onto you; setting up an area around yourself that is free from any flammable items; making sure no people or animals are present in or near your spraying area; and finally releasing the mist by pressing down firmly on top of the container with even pressure until it finishes spraying its contents evenly over your targeted area.

After completing this task, we recommend staying out of the area you’ve just sprayed (yourself and others, including your pets!) until all mist has completely dissipated (usually 15-20 minutes).

But, keep in mind, these are just general recommendations–make sure you read the product label very carefully!

(10): Consider planting natural plant deterrents around your property to naturally keep mosquitoes away!

Did you know that some plants are actually really effective at acting as natural mosquito repellent?!!

These mosquito repellent plants are actually beautiful additions to gardens, tree lines, even landscaping features, so they can be easily added to most properties!

For a great way to repel mosquitoes naturally, consider planting:

Catnip: Catnip is a member of the mint family, which can be planted around your property to naturally keep mosquitoes away. Studies have found that when exposed to catnip oil, mosquitoes were repelled up to ten times more effectively than DEET (a chemical commonly used in insect repellents). It also has antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties.

Citronella: Citronella is an aromatic herb that produces citronellal – a powerful compound used in many commercial mosquito repellent products. It’s easy to grow at home and can be used to create natural sprays or candles as well as herbal infusions for topical applications. Planting it around your home will help repel mosquitoes and other pests.

Basil: Basil is a strong smelling herb with highly aromatic oils that repel many insects including mosquitoes. Planting basil around entry points of your property such as windows and doors will help reduce the number of bugs entering your premises.

Lavender: Lavender has been proven to have mosquito-repelling properties due to its fragrant oils which are released into the air when the plant flowers. Growing lavender near potential mosquito breeding grounds such as standing water sources or nearby gardens will help prevent female mosquitoes from laying their eggs there.

Garlic: Garlic contains allicin, an active compound with potent anti-microbial properties that repels many types of insects including mosquitoes. By planting garlic bulbs around your property, you can create an effective natural barrier against pests without using any harsh chemicals or pollutants.

Marigolds: These bright and cheery flowers contain pyrethrum – a compound derived from chrysanthemums which is known for its insecticidal properties, particularly against mosquitoes and other flying insects. When planted around open areas where these pests are likely to congregate, marigolds can provide an effective barrier against them while still looking beautiful!

Whether it’s disease control, or you’re just looking for a great summer night free of these flying pests, getting rid of mosquitoes is on all of our minds when the weather warms up!

But, the good news is that if you follow these simple tips, you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors without worry this mosquito season. Don’t let the bugs ruin your summer – take precautions and be prepared! Have any other tips for avoiding mosquito bites? Let us know in the comments below.

Your Guide to the Top Backyard and Lawn Games (with Bonus Beach Games!)

Looking to up your lawn game this summer? (Pun very much intended.) You’ve come to the right place!

In this guide, we’ll show you the top 10 lawn and backyard games that will have your friends and family enjoying the fresh air and entertained for hours on end. And if you’re heading to the beach instead of the backyard this summer, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered there too with some bonus beach game recommendations.

We have selected all of the games below based on several key factors, including price point (you don’t need to spend a ton to have fun!), and have chosen games that should be easily portable for easy transportation to a friend’s house (or the beach), enjoyable for adults and kids alike, and able to be played in a group (two to four player game, or even one on one).

So what are you waiting for? Start reading and get ready to level up your outdoor fun with the best lawn games!


Croquet is a classic backyard lawn games that brings forth a sense of summer fun and enjoyment. Whether played on beautiful grass or a flat, manicured lawn, croquet can be great entertainment over the summer months. The main requirements for a good game of croquet are high-quality balls and mallets and hoops set up with an even spacing. But, these don’t have to come with a steep price tag. In fact, you can get a great quality set for a very reasonable price (here is one of our favorites).

The game itself is quite simple to learn and follows basic rules of knocking your opponent’s ball out and getting yours through the hoops in succession. Easy for anyone to learn, so your guests can show off their skills on your beautiful green grass!

Bocce ball

Bocce is another of the classic lawn games that will energize any outdoor gathering with friends and family. It’s a fun and easy game to play, requiring only basic equipment — generally just bocce balls and a court layout.

Two lawn bowls players, men standing discussing the game, and a clutch of lawn bowls on the playing surface.

When shopping for the perfect bocce ball set, players should consider several elements: size, weight, marking style, material, carrying case, and color personalization options.

Properly weighted balls will produce the most consistent rolls over various topographies of terrain. Bigger-sized balls can also be great for playing either outdoors or indoors.

A great bocce ball set can be purchased for under $40 (here’s one of our favorites; also comes with a canvas carrying case)!


Badminton is a great backyard game that can bring a lot of fun and excitement to any outdoor gathering. It’s easy to learn, and you don’t need a lot of extra equipment, just racquets, one or two shuttlecocks, the net, and some space.

When it comes to buying a set for your own backyard, consider how much space you have and how many players will be playing. There are two-player sets available if space is at a premium or if there will only be two people playing. However, four-player sets are also out there with larger nets which can accommodate more people and provide greater room for play.

Make sure to choose good quality racquets as they must be strong enough both to hold up during play and when handling smashes. For shuttlecocks, look for ones made from durable materials like feathers or plastic so they won’t break after being used over time – plastic may last longer but feathers will bring better accuracy in flight.

Getting a good net is recommended. And, there are a number of combo nets available on the market. Our favorite net recommendation doubles as both a badminton net and a pickleball net.

You’re now ready to pick up a great badminton set and start playing!

Ladder ball (aka Ladder Toss)

Ladder ball (aka Ladder Toss) is the perfect game for any backyard gathering. The equipment is easy to set up, only requiring two stands with a connecting ladder and three bolas per team.

Ladder Toss also has different levels of difficulty, allowing you to adjust for your audience’s skill level by increasing or decreasing the distance between stands.

No matter how competitive players are, lad­der bal­l offers tons of fun without requiring significant physical effort – so anyone (even the kids!) can join in the fun!

Kan Jam

KanJam is an exciting and physically active team game that can fit into even the most compact of backyards. In this game, two teams of two players each line up on opposite sides of a goal and take turns throwing frisbee-like discs in an attempt to land them in the goal. The first team to get to whatever score you choose (ahead of time of course) wins!

The trick to mastering this game is learning to use the angled surfaces of the goals to earn points and gain an edge over your opponents! However, it’s not just about technical skill; since Kan Jam requires good communication between team members, it’s also a great way to have fun with friends or family while enjoying some friendly competition! With a bit of practice, you’ll be an ace Kan Jam master in no time.

Cornhole (aka Bean Bag Toss)

Cornhole, otherwise known as bean bag toss, is a classic backyard lawn game that people of all ages can enjoy. It doesn’t take much to get started–all you need is a cornhole set and some friends (usually four players) ready to play!

Whether you want a laid-back afternoon of fun or an exciting tournament with prizes, cornhole has something to offer everyone.


Spikeball is a fast-paced team game that requires skill, strategy and cooperation. It consists of two teams of two players each, who take opposite sides of a net and aim to hit the ball off the net with their hands or feet. The goal is to keep the ball in play as long as possible while trying to make it difficult for the other team to return it.

This game is great for players of all ages and skill levels, as it can be tailored to fit any specific playing style or level of ability. It also encourages teamwork and communication, as players must make quick decisions on how best to return the ball in order to gain an advantage over their opponents.

With practice, Spikeball can become an incredibly competitive game that will bring hours of fun and entertainment for everyone involved!

Giant Jenga

Giant Jenga is an exciting and challenging game that is perfect for any outdoor gathering or party. The outdoor game requires 54 wooden blocks, each measuring 7.5 inches long and 2.5 inches wide, which are stacked to create a tower 18 levels high. Players must then take turns carefully removing one block from the stack without toppling it over.

As the game progresses, the tower becomes increasingly unstable and harder to manage, adding to its suspenseful nature. Not only does this game require skill and concentration, but it also encourages team work, as all players must collaborate in order to keep the tower standing.

With its easy-to-learn rules and frenetic pace, Giant Jenga is sure to bring hours of fun and laughter to any event!

Giant Connect 4

Giant Connect 4 is a classic game that is great for parties, family gatherings or just some fun with friends. This exciting game involves two players taking turns dropping their colored discs into the top of the giant grid. The goal is to get four of your discs in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally before your opponent can do the same. The first player to get 4 in a row wins!

The large size of the game adds an extra layer of excitement as players watch their discs cascade down the grid to ultimately reach its base. Games can be as short or long as desired and are often played in a tournament style with multiple rounds, giving everyone plenty of opportunities to join in on the fun. What’s more, Giant Connect 4 is easy for people of any age or skill level to play!

With its simple rules and fast paced action, this game offers hours of enjoyable entertainment – making it a perfect addition to any yard occasion.

Polish Horseshoes (aka Pole-ish Horshoes, aka Beersbee, aka Bottle Bash)

Polish horseshoes is a fun game for all ages that involves both skill and strategy. Players take turns throwing a frisbee at a distant plastic or metal stake (or pole–hence the name “pole-ish” horseshoes!) with a bottle or cup balancing on top of the stake, attempting to knock the bottle off.

The scoring system is based on how many points are earned each turn, with higher points awarded if the horseshoe lands closer to the stake than an opponent’s throw.

It usually takes around 20 minutes for a game to conclude, so you can easily get all of your guests involved.

Bonus Beach Fun: Classic Toss-and-Catch and Beach Volleyball

Volleyball is an exciting and popular outdoor game that can be played almost anywhere. It combines elements of skill, strategy, and teamwork, making it an ideal choice for parties, family gatherings, or just some fun with friends out in the yard. And, it’s a super easy game to set up at the beach or park, so make sure to pack your set next time you’re heading out!

Due to its easy setup requirements and ruleset which accommodates all skill levels, beach volleyball has become a favorite game amongst outdoor enthusiasts across all age groups.

Whether you’re looking for something to do on your next trip to the beach or simply wanting to have some friendly competition between family members or friends out in the yard – beach volleyball is sure to provide hours of entertainment!

Beach Toss and Catch Velcro is a fun, classic game that is perfect for any beach or outdoor gathering.

Ideal for younger kids, there are many variations and ways to play catch–or even play a quick game of velcro baseball! And, what a great way for the kids to build hand eye coordination! Easy to learn, requires no preparation and super easy to toss in the beach bag to carry to the beach.

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Edging for a Garden: How to Get Perfect Garden Edges and That Beautiful Landscaped Look!

  • Edging your garden is an excellent way to create a beautifully landscaped look and can instantly improve the aesthetic of any outdoor space. It helps define boundaries, separate areas, and add definition to your property.
  • Edging also keeps grass, weeds, and other vegetation contained, making it easier to manage.

Edging your landscape is a great way to achieve a neat and tidy look for your outdoor space. Not only does it keep grass from encroaching on flower beds, but it also creates an effective visual transition between areas such as lawns, driveways, walkways, trees and play areas.

There are many types of edging products available that can help you easily create clean lines around these different features in your yard without having to put in too much effort or money.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the best options for creating edges around various features in your landscape.

Metal Edging Products–Are They Worth the Premium Price?

An often overlooked detail in landscaping is the edging of your lawn and garden. It can be the difference between a chaotic and unkempt look or one of clean simplicity. If you’ve been searching for an edging that will help you achieve a nearly invisible garden border, consider metal lawn edging. Let’s take a look at how it works and why it might be right for your yard.

What is Metal Edging?

Metal edging is a strip of metal (often steel, aluminum, or copper) that comes in various sizes and shapes. It is typically L-shaped, but there are also other styles available such as scalloped, curved, and even decorative designs like stars and hearts. The metal strips are installed into the ground with spikes or other hardware to create a neat and tidy edge around your lawn or garden.

Benefits of Metal Lawn Edging

The biggest benefit of using metal edging is that it’s extremely low maintenance compared to other types of edging materials such as wood or plastic. Metal edging will not rot like wood does when exposed to water or crack like plastic when exposed to cold temperatures. It also won’t fade in direct sunlight as some plastic options may do over time. Additionally, metal edging creates a very crisp line giving your lawn and garden an elegant look without being overly visible—you may even forget it’s there!

Installing Metal Edging

Installing metal edging requires some effort since the metal strips need to be hammered into the ground with spikes—so if you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself you may want to consult with a professional landscaper who has experience installing this type of material. Depending on the size of your yard and what sort of obstacles you may need to work around (such as trees or flower beds), installation can take anywhere from half an hour up to several hours depending on how many sections need to be put in place.

If you’re looking for an almost invisible way to create clean lines between your lawn and garden, then consider using metal lawn edging. This type of material offers all the benefits that come with something sturdy yet low maintenance such as resistance against cracking, rotting, fading, etc., while still providing an elegant aesthetic that won’t overpower your yard design scheme. Keep in mind though that installation can require some manual labor so if this isn’t something you feel comfortable tackling yourself then don’t hesitate to have a professional help you out!

Using Pavers for a Garden Barrier

Pavers provide an aesthetically pleasing, practical solution to creating a perimeter between your lawn and garden. Not only can they add a touch of classic charm to the garden, but they also provide a wide lawn edging border that keeps grass out of the garden beds while simultaneously allowing water and air to flow, aiding your soil health.

Pavers come in a range of colors, sizes and shapes to suit almost any existing landscape design. Installing them is not too difficult—simply dig along the area where you would like the edging stones to be placed, remove a few inches of soil, fill it with gravel or sand for extra stabilization and place them firmly into position!

Raised-Bed Bordering

A raised-bed border can bring out the best features of any garden. A raised bed creates a subtle transition between the grass lawn and garden beds, making it look filled and drawn together. A raised-bed border adds depth and texture to any garden, creating an effective visual transition from lawn to flower beds and enabling plants to grow more freely in their improved soil environment.

In addition, this type of border is generally easy to maintain as it does not require large amounts of pruning or maintenance when compared to fencing options. A raised-bed border is an economical way of adding beauty and function to your outdoor space.

Other types of edging products

In addition to metal and paver edging, there are plenty of other edging options available for your garden or lawn. From plastic to decorative products, you can find the perfect solution for your yard that suits both your style and budget. Let’s take a look at some of these different types of edging products so you can decide which one is best for you.

Plastic Edging Products

Plastic edging is an economical option that offers durability with minimal maintenance. It comes in various shapes and sizes, allowing you to easily create straight lines along walkways or curved edges around flower beds while still keeping grass away from the plants in your garden. Additionally, unlike metal or stone materials, plastic edging won’t corrode over time when exposed to rainwater and its lightweight design makes it easy to install without having any special tools on hand—allowing anyone with basic DIY knowledge the ability to get their lawn looking great quickly!

Decorative Edging Products

Decorative edging products offer a more unique way of defining a border between areas such as lawns and gardens than traditional materials like metal or plastic do. For those looking to add a decorative touch to their garden or lawn, decorative edging products are the perfect choice.

These products come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors that can easily be tailored to fit any existing landscape design. Not only do they provide an aesthetically pleasing solution for separating your grass from flower beds, but they also serve as an effective visual transition between spaces and help keep soil healthy by allowing water and air to flow freely. Decorative edging products offer the durability of traditional materials like metal or plastic with minimal maintenance required, making them an ideal option for anyone looking to create clean lines around their yard.

Edging Around Driveways & Walkways

Edging around driveways and walkways helps create distinct boundaries between them and other parts of the landscape while adding texture to what would otherwise be plain asphalt or concrete surfaces. Metal edging provides a durable solution that won’t corrode over time when exposed to rainwater, making it ideal for these high-traffic areas around the home. Alternatively, paver stones offer an attractive option that comes in various colors and shapes to suit any existing design—simply dig along the area where you would like them placed, fill with gravel or sand for extra stabilization before placing firmly into position

When it comes to edging your garden, there are many options available that can fit any budget or landscape design. Metal lawn edging is a great low-maintenance choice for those who want an almost invisible border between their lawn and garden while pavers provide a classic charm with a wide range of colors and sizes. Raised bed borders also offer the perfect solution for adding texture, depth and visual transitions from grass to flower beds without requiring too much maintenance. Homeowners should take some time to consider which type of edging best suits their needs in order to create beautiful gardens that look neat, tidy and well maintained all year round!

Aeration Simplified: The Step-by-Step Guide to a Healthier Lawn

Are you looking for an easy way to ensure a healthy lawn and garden? Aeration is one of the simplest steps you can take. By aerating your lawn on a regular basis, you will help provide essential nutrients and oxygen to the soil that aid in root growth and promote good drainage. In this guide, we’ll break down exactly what aerating your lawn means, why it’s important, what tools are needed, and most importantly – the step-by-step process of how to do it correctly!

What is Aeration?

Aeration is the process of adding or removing air from a liquid or solid. It is often used to improve the quality of soil by increasing the amount of oxygen available to the roots of plants. This can be done in a number of ways, including using a machine called an aerator to puncture the ground and release air pockets, or by adding organic material to the soil which will decompose and create more air spaces. Aeration can also be used to improve the quality of water by increasing the amount of oxygen available for fish and other aquatic life.

Why is Aeration Important?

Aeration is important because it helps to improve the overall health of your lawn and underlying soil. By aerating your lawn, you’re helping to break up the soil and allow for air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. This can help to improve the overall growth and health of your lawn, as well as make it more resistant to pests and diseases.

What Tools are Needed for Aeration?

Aeration tools can be simple or complex, depending on the needs of the specific lawn. In general, though, some basic tools are needed for effective aeration. In some cases, if you just need to aerate a specific spot in your lawn (or have a very small lawn), a shovel or spade can be used to loosen the soil and a rake can be used to smooth it out. For small areas, a hand trowel may also be useful, and there are even manual “hand aerators” available for sale.

Aeration can also be done by other methods such as these purpose-built aeration shoes!

Finally, applying a high-quality liquid humic soil amendment to your lawn will really boost the soil’s ecosystem activity–meaning your soil will be naturally healthier and your grass will be happier!

Step-by-Step Process of How to Aerate Your Lawn Correctly

Lawn aeration is an important part of lawn care. It helps to improve the overall health and vitality of your lawn by allowing air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass. Aerating your lawn also helps to reduce soil compaction, which can lead to a number of problems including dead patches and decreased turf density.

There are a number of ways to aerate your lawn, but the most common is by using a core or spike aerator. This is a machine that pulls plugs of soil out of the ground, which helps to break up the compacted soil and improve drainage.

If you’re thinking about aerating your lawn, there are a few things you need to know first. First, you should make sure that your lawn is healthy enough to be aerated. Lawns that are thin or have dead patches should not be aerated until they have been repaired.

Second, you need to choose the right time of year to aerate your lawn. The best time is when the grass is green and growing vigorously – usually in the spring or fall. Avoid aerating during times of drought or when the grass is dormant.

Finally, you need to take into account the type of soil in your yard. Soils that are heavy and compacted may require more frequent aeration than soils that are light and fluffy.

Once you’ve made those decisions, it’s time to start aerating your lawn.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do lawn aeration correctly:

1) Start by mowing your lawn short – about 2 inches high – so that the plugs pulled out by the aerator will be shorter than the surrounding grass blades.

2) Next, attach the core aerator to your garden tractor or walk behind mower. Make sure that the tines (the metal spikes on the bottom of the machine) are at least 2 inches long.

3) Pull the core aerator across your lawn in straight rows, making sure not to go over any areas more than once. Go over each section twice if necessary.

4) Once you’ve finished aerating, go back over all of the areas with a rake and break up the plugs that were pulled out by the machine. This will help them to decompose faster.

Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

Lawn aeration is the process of removing small plugs of soil from the lawn. This is usually done with a machine that has hollow tines that are pulled behind it. The tines remove the plugs of soil, and the air and water can get down to the roots of the grass.

Aerating your lawn can help keep it healthy and looking great. It helps to loosen up the soil so that air, water, and nutrients can get down to the roots. It also helps to get rid of any compaction that may have occurred over time. Compacted soil can prevent water and nutrients from getting to the roots, which can lead to problems with the grass.

Aerating your lawn is also a good way to control weeds. Weeds thrive in compacted soil, so by aerating your lawn you can help to prevent them from taking over.

If you have a lawn, it’s a good idea to aerate it at least once a year. The best time to do it is in the early fall, when the weather is still warm but before the first frost. Aerating your lawn will help keep it healthy and looking great for years to come.

Aeration is important for a healthy lawn because it allows air, water, and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. If you have compacted soil, thatch, or your lawn just isn’t growing as well as you’d like, aeration can help. Although it may seem like a difficult task, it’s actually quite straightforward–especially with our step by step guide on how to aerate your lawn correctly! The benefits of aerating your lawn include improved root growth, reduced compaction, better heat and drought tolerance, and an overall healthier lawn. For more information on how to properly care for your lawn check out our other blog posts on lawn Aeration.

Where Do I Start? A Homeowner’s Guide to Spring Lawncare

  1. It’s important to do a walk-around of your lawn at the beginning of Spring to check for damage, weeds, and other issues.
  2. Get your tools ready for the season by doing maintenance such as changing the oil, air filter, and spark plugs on your mower.
  3. After you’ve prepared, it’s time to start clearing debris and hand-pulling weeds. You should also apply a pre-emergent treatment and some super high-quality lawn food to boost your grass’ growth.

Spring is here, and with it comes the time for homeowners to start thinking about lawn care and maintenance. As temperatures begin to rise and snow melts away, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the task of caring for your lawn. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to help you get started!

Our first recommendation is always to take a nice long walk around your property. Here are a few things you should look out for when assessing your lawn.

Signs of Damage

The first thing you should look for when assessing your lawn is any signs of damage that may have occurred due to snow plows or other winter weather conditions. Check for areas where the grass has been uprooted or pushed aside, leaving an unsightly patch in its wake. If left unaddressed, these patches can grow into larger problems over time, so it’s important to fix them as soon as possible.


It’s also important to check for any weeds that may have sprouted up over the winter months. Some weeds (e.g., bittercress) emerge before the grass does, so you’re likely to see these first thing in the Spring. If you spot any emerging weeds, use a weed killer or pull them manually by hand if they are small enough.

Snow Mold & Critter Tracks

Finally, be sure to check for any circular spots on your lawn that look like moldy bread – this could be snow mold! Additionally, keep an eye out for any “tracks” in your lawn where pesky critters (moles/voles/mice) may have enjoyed your beautiful lawn this winter! If you do spot anything out of the ordinary during your walk around your property, take a couple pictures and let us know – we can provide tips on how best to address any issues you find!

One of the best ways to kickstart your Spring lawn care is by aerating your lawn. Aeration is a process that helps break up compacted soil and allows oxygen, water, and nutrients to penetrate deeper into the ground. Not only does this promote healthier grass growth, but it also improves root development and helps to prevent grass from becoming weak or patchy. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your aeration process, be sure to use a core aerator—a tool with hollow tines that removes plugs of soil from the lawn—as opposed to a rake or spike aerator which can leave behind large chunks of soil. 

Fertilizing Your Lawn

Once you’ve gotten your soil ready for Spring, it’s time to start fertilizing your lawn. Fertilization serves two main purposes: first, it provides essential nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus which help create healthy green foliage; second, it prevents disease and pests from taking over. When choosing a fertilizer for your lawn, make sure to select one that is tailored specifically for the type of grass you are growing (warm-season vs cool-season). You should also take into account the weather conditions when applying fertilizer—for example, if you live in a drier climate then use a slow-release fertilizer so as not to overwhelm your plants with too much nitrogen during hot months. 

Mowing Your Lawn–Right Schedule, Right Length

Finally, don’t forget about regular mowing! While it may seem like an afterthought in comparison to other more “complicated” aspects of Spring lawn care such as aerating and fertilizing, mowing plays an important role in keeping up the health of both warm-season and cool-season grasses alike.

When mowing, keep an eye out for any weeds or dead patches and be sure to trim along edges so that they look neat and tidy. Try not to cut too short; keeping your grass at 2 1/2 – 3″ will help shade out weed seeds while giving roots an ample amount of protection against environmental stressors such as drought or extreme temperatures. Additionally, don’t forget to sharpen blades regularly throughout the season; this will help keep cuts clean instead of jagged which could cause further damage down the line.

Taking a walk around your property is one of the best ways to assess what kind of state your lawn is in after the long winter months. Look out for signs of damage from snow plows, emerging weeds, and tracks from critters who may have made themselves at home over Winter!

If there are any issues that need addressing this year – don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to help! With just a few simple steps and some good old-fashioned elbow grease – you’ll be well on your way towards having a lush green yard all summer long!

Happy Spring everyone!

How big is my yard and sizing your lawn

Typically homes are bought and sold with information such as the square footage of your house and a total lot size. However that doesn’t give us great lawn care information. We as homeowners and yard maintainers really need to know the grassy area eliminating the house, driveway, shed, and other non-grassy areas. 

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The great part about technology is we can now do that measurement from ANYWHERE! Lawn Serv built a tool leveraging aerial photography built off of the Google Maps database that you can use for free here — .  Below is a video on how it works.

It is very simple:

  • Put in your address
  • Plot points around the item you want to measure (cutting out your house, driveway, shed, etc). 
  • Read the number in the top left

Alternative Method:

  • Measuring Tape – section off areas, do a length by width calculation, add them all together
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Fall lawn and yard maintenance checklist

Hopefully you’ve already Dethatched, Aerated, and Over-seeded (D.A.O.) after Labor Day and before the temperatures really drop in the cool season grass zones up north.  If you’re in a transition zone (middle of country) and have fescues, rye, or kentucky blue grass and the temperatures are starting to drop, it is a great time to get out in the yard and start!

Here is a list of post D.A.O. fall fun:

  1. Fertilize: the grass is going to benefit from ideal growing conditions and plant (especially the root) preparation before the winter. This is going to really help the grass bounce back in the spring. A fertilizer with all three N-P-K numbers is great but Nitrogen (N) and Potassium (K) are a must and generally available in many fertilizers without restrictions.  The Phosphorus (P) is a great addition to newly seeded lawns but can be restricted around water and you may need to complete a soil test to use a product with P.
  2. Water: water the lawn to help drive the roots down into the soil. Soak soil around trees and shrubs if rainfall has been light to ensure that plants enter winter fully hydrated.
    • Before winter fully hits and after your last mow (sad face!)….empty hoses, fountains, and sprinkler systems – ensure any standing water is removed from your watering equipment and store items in a dry place.
  3. Remove the leaves: while the leaves may look nice and be fun to play in for the kids, they aren’t great for grass. They block the sunlight and trap moisture. So when the leaves are falling, blow or rake them away as often as you can. Even after the trees are empty, continue raking out the corners where the wind piles leaves up.
    • Clean out the gutters: leaves can build up if you don’t have guards and block drains leading to damaging ice buildup.
  4. Protect Evergreens: Your boxwood, holly, rhododendrons, or similar often suffer in winter because their leaves lose moisture on sunny and windy days without replacing it from the soil when the ground is frozen. Surround these plants with a shelter of burlap or old sheets. The idea is to create shade and slow harsh wind, both of which help to retain moisture so the plant doesn’t dry out and die.
    • Provide additional protection by using an anti-transpirant spray on the plant after the first hard frost. The spray will dry into a thin film that reduces the moisture lost by transpiration.
  5. Keep Mowing: keep going every week or so until grass has stopped growing. Feel free to mulch or bag leaves also to save time! You might have to switch to afternoon mows with damp grass in the early morning.
  6. Clean tools and store them: Don’t throw your gardening tools in the garage or shed and forget about them until next year! Go that extra mile to clean and add a light coat of oil to mechanical equipment to prevent rust over the winter.

EXTRA FUN: Plant Bulbs: the fall is a great time to plant crocus, daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, and other spring-flowering bulbs. Try a few, see how it works and add more the next year. 

How to Manage MOss In the Lawn

Moss in and around lawns is a common occurrence for the average home owner, don’t sweat it! We’ll try to explain how this happens and how to manage the next steps.

HOW THIS HAPPENS: Moss typically tells you that grass is weak and the environment (in the soil) is better for the moss than the grass itself. Moss can also be prevalent in conditions of excessive shade, compacted soils, poorly drained soils, low soil fertility, high or low soil pH, and poor air circulation. Poor lawn care practices are another source of moss problems. General lack of care, including irregular mowing and little or no fertilizer applications are common problems leading to poor soil conditions and therefor bad lawns.

FIXES: 1.)Amending the soil with lime is a common go to for homeowners to balance pH which is a typical sign when moss is around. However, this shouldn’t be done unless a soil test has shown the pH needs to be raised (which is what lime will do).

Lawn Serv’s DIY Lawn Care Subscription Box includes the management of pH after we test the soil which is included in the subscription plan too! Making this first fix super easy!

2.)IRON sulfate / Ferrous ammonium sulfate / ferric sulfate can be used to control moss and another plus is that this product will give a really deep green color to your lawn where it is applied. AN EXAMPLE PRODUCT HERE

1.) + 2.) Should also include raking out moss or using a spade shovel in 100% moss areas to remove it and allow product to get to the soil more easily. All of this should be followed by reseeding as these areas are usually thin with grass.

3.) Too much shade for acceptable grass growth is a common underlying cause for moss invasion. Pruning trees and shrubs to improve air circulation and light penetration is a good idea.

4.) Reduce soil compaction by aerating the lawn to help correct drainage problems.

Start there! Those correct 99% of the moss problems in the lawn world. If the problem persists really take a look at how the area is different than the other areas in your yard without moss and try to understand the underlying differences and work back from there.

What to Consider When Choosing Organic Fertilizer

At Lawn Serv, we love our organic products.  When used correctly, organic products can be a fantastic, effective–and very safe–way to give your lawn the nutrients it needs to thrive.  But, what are the differences between organic fertilizers and traditional? And, what do these differences mean for how you should be using organic fertilizers to maximize the benefit?  

Let’s take a look!

First, what do we mean when we say “organic fertilizer”?

Organic fertilizers are usually made by processing waste from plants or animals (e.g., compost, or manures).  Organic fertilizer components are often found in non-organic products, but because those contain synthetic ingredients, they cannot be called “organic”.  Keep an eye out for clear labeling that says “organic”, or “approved for organic gardening” when choosing an organic fertilizer.

Are there any benefits to using organic fertilizer?

Yes!  To name just a few:

  1. Organic fertilizers also promote the activity of healthy microbes, by providing rich sources of carbon to the soil ecosystem.
  2. Organic fertilizers contain organic matter, which enhance soil structure, and as a result, greatly improve the soil’s ability to hold onto water and nutrients.
  3. Organic fertilizers are also sustainable and environmentally friendly!  According to the Organic Trade Association, organic fertilizer increases species biodiversity by 30% compared to other fertilizers. That’s a lot of healthy activity in your yard’s ecosystem!
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But, there must be disadvantages, right?  Well, sort of.

Although the organic fertilizer market is well-controlled and regulated, the quality of some products on the market may vary.  And, since organic fertilizers often contain more natural and complex nutrients, they may be naturally slower to release; you may not see overnight results–it’s a marathon, not a sprint!  

So, what’s the best way to use organic fertilizers?

Well, the easiest way is a Lawn Serv All-Natural Subscription Box, of course!  Lawn Serv only works with the highest-quality organic fertilizer suppliers to ensure quality products and great results!  Your subscription deliveries are timed throughout the season–and are targeted to your specific lawn through soil testing–to ensure effective use of organic fertilizers.  If you’d rather choose your own organic fertilizers, that’s ok too! Just be be sure you’re choosing well-known products that have been reviewed by trade associations, universities, or other experts, as these will be the safest, most effective products for your yard.

As always, reach out with any questions–we’re here to help!

See you out in the yard!

-Lawn Serv

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