Western Mountains and High Plains
Check Lawn Mower Blade
When your lawn has "white tipping" on the leaf blades, it's a good indication that the mower blade is getting dull. Instead of making a clean, even cut, it frays the top of the grass blade. Carefully remove the mower blade and get it sharpened.
Encourage Tiny Brown Bats
Look to the evening skies for brown bats in your neighborhood. These small flying wonders are great for keeping the mosquito population down. A bat can consume hundreds of mosquitoes in the evening. Place a bat house on the south side of a building to encourage more bats to patrol your landscape.
Dig Weedy Grasses
Take a few minutes to dig out the annual weedy grasses, including crabgrass, goose grass, and foxtails. By doing this you can prevent them from dispersing their seeds into the yard. This will reduce future weed invasion.
Prune Out Suckers
Prune out suckers from the base of trees. These can draw energy from a tree and attract an array of insects. Woolly aphids love to feed and breed on the fast-growing suckers. Dispose of the suckers in a garbage bag.
Get Rid of Noxious Weeds
Many perennial weeds, such as Canada thistle and bindweed, are actually noxious and illegal in most areas. However, these pests continue to spread by seeds and underground roots. Now is one of the best times to eliminate these perennials before they go to seed. If you use an herbicide, read and follow label directions.