There's a ton of good information at The Family Handyman. Other helpful sites are: Scott's How to Control Crabgrass
The University of Illinois Lawn Talk
University of California at Davis
Some spider spray will, hopefully, take care of them.
In addition to spiders, the yard is full of crickets and because of the unusually wet spring, I have been seeing a LOT of small yellow frogs.
The problem is that with the woods and small swamp behind the house all these little vermin attract snakes. So far I have identified them as garter snakes and Eastern ribbon snakes. Not only are they disgusting creatures (to me), but they lurk in the grass and occasionally when mowing the lawn I hear a “whump, whump” noise. That's bad...it means I ran over a snake with the lawnmower...disgusting! Besides that, while picking beans a couple of weeks ago, some movement caught my eye and I found a two foot long snake in the beans! Luckily, it was scared too and went slithering off as fast as it could.
|Eastern Ribbon Snake|
|A Species of Garter Snake|
Dollar Stretcher – Getting Rid of Snakes