The Key To Keeping Your San Francisco Bay Area And Monterey Lawn Green

Last Modified on October 11, 2021 by Zachary Smith

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Home and business owners in the San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey are extremely busy. They have numerous responsibilities that keep their schedules full. Their tasks range from keeping up with the individual needs of their loved ones and staff to mastering budgets and completing errands. Sprucing up the lawn is often last on the list. However, it’s more important than folks realize. If you neglect your land, you’ll be inviting several issues to your door inadvertently.


When the yard isn’t tended to properly, it could become a comfortable environment for detrimental insects and creatures. These pests might infiltrate your property. Also, the overall quality of the land may deteriorate in the long-term. Learn more about the specific problems you may face, and how to avoid them with Smith’s Pest Management.

What Can Ruin San Francisco Bay Area and Monterey Lawns?

Unfortunately, countless things can damage the health of your lawn. A few common threats are fungal and insect-based diseases of trees, moss, and sudden oak death. Trees can develop fungus in multiple ways, including from heavy winds and rains carrying spores. Human activities can be a factor as well, such as gardening, pruning, and trenching. Fungi can lead to a tree decaying, crumbling, or not being able to produce food well. Key symptoms are:

  • Irregular growth
  • Dust-like coating
  • Wilting
  • Discoloration
  • Trunk softness or sogginess
  • Conks or mushrooms on limbs or trunks

Insect diseases can have similar effects on trees in terms of growth. Pests that consume wood, roots, or greenery would of course be an obstacle.

Moss is classified as a plant. It’s a formidable force that can withstand various conditions. Just as fungi, spores can spread it. Alternatively, it can come through roots. Moss functions as filler when greenery isn’t present or is struggling to survive. This can happen when soil is too damp or dry, there’s an overabundance of shade, or other competitive plants and trees are around. While it’s rare for moss to dominate an entire space, it shouldn’t be welcomed or tolerated. Take it as a sign that your yard is in significant need of care.

Sudden oak death, as the name entails, usually impacts the greenery of the oak species. It’s a disease that stems from a pervasive plant pathogen. It starts at trunks, twigs, and leaves, and branches out from there. Infected specimens may stand for a lengthy amount of time, or die right away. Tree breakdowns can occur as a result of this condition.

What Can Be Done to Protect Lawn Health?

Given all of the aforementioned details, it’s evident that exterior maintenance isn’t something to be nonchalant about. It isn’t always simple either. You’ll have to be meticulous, but it will be well worth the effort. Yards make the first impression about your home or business. To sustain a nice aesthetic, do the following:

  • Trim greenery and cut the grass regularly, but don’t make it too short.
  • Get rid of organic debris.
  • Don’t overplant specimens or water them too much.
  • Make sure trees and plants have a moderate amount of fertilizer, moisture, drainage, and sunlight.
  • Wash your yard tools between uses to keep from distributing fungi and bacteria.
  • Contact Smith’s Pest Management for ongoing critter services.

What Can Smith’s Pest Management Do for Lawns?

We at Smith’s Pest Management have specially designed tools to treat and renew your yard. Our safe solutions include remedies and injections for diseases, fungi, and sudden oak death. We also have avenues for fertilization, moss removal, nutrient deficiencies, soil amendments, and more. Recurring visits and plant tissue sample testing for further analysis are available. Call us today at Smith’s Pest Management and receive a free quote!

Author Bio: Zach Smith

Landscape Pro Turned Gopher Pro: Owner, Zach Smith, graduate of Cal Poly’s Horticulture program worked nine years as a landscape professional- dealing with gophers, moles, and ground squirrels and was quickly recruited by other local gardeners. Fast forward to the past 15+ years, where Zach and his team trap and remove burrowing pests from residential, municipal and commercial properties throughout the San Francisco Bay area, from Marin to Monterey.