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Preventive Lawn Maintenance

Fungus diseases:
If your lawn is developing areas that yellow and then turn brown, and you cannot find any insect pests, then you may consider the possibility of a fungus disease, particularly if you have been watering a lot, or watering at night. Closely examine the grass blades to see if they appear to be rotting off where they're attached to the stem. If so, then a fungus disease is a good possibility. Of course, if you see mushrooms, you definitely have fungus!

Preventive maintenance:
A healthy lawn can fight off enemies such as fungi, weeds, and insect pests. Keeping your turf grass cut at the correct height and applying water at proper times will go a long way in fighting off lawn pests. Most turf diseases thrive under certain conditions that include moisture and temperature, and nitrogen supply. That is why you will notice that diseases appear during certain seasons. Aside from extreme weather conditions, improper watering, too much or too little fertilizer, improper mowing height, soil compaction, uneven grading, accumulated thatch, overuse of lawn pesticides, or any combination of these may make your lawn more susceptible.


Tomcat Bait
controlling rats and mice

Are Rats and Mice Around Your Home?
Getting rid of rats and mice

You may have, may know someone or will face the dilemma of rodents in your home. Rats or mice in your home is never a fun experience. How do you get them out? You don't want to kill them in a place that you can't get them out. What options do you have and what works the best? Knowing where you think your rat is living is one important factor. Also, knowing where not to let it die is another. If you kill your pest in an attic, it will be harder to get it out; just make sure you can find your dead pest!

Recently a friend of mine told her rat story. She thought for sure it was a whole family of rats living in her home. Turns out, one rat, caused all the havoc around her house! It ate house plants, chewed on rugs; it even pulled a tooth brush out of her guest's overnight bag! It came out at night when the house was quiet so these were the only signs it left besides the random bits of feces-Yuck! She hired a pest control company and the rat was caught. Hiring a pest control company can be the best option when the problem is too big to handle on your own. While it may cost more, you're sure to catch your varmint.


Tomcat Bait
growing pumpkins

As we begin summer, it's a bit early to think about Halloween parties. But to be successful growing Halloween pumpkins, you need to plant NOW. The giant prize winning 500 pound monsters are usually started in late May. However, the normal, run-of-the-mill 3 to 30 pound beauties will do great at this time. You may also choose from hybrids grown for unusual colors such as white or pink.

You might want to consider those that are particularly tasty for pies or edible seeds. The petite ones are great for decorations for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Pumpkins are members of the Cucurbitaceae and are closely related to squash. They prefer well-drained, loamy soil with a neutral pH. They will grow just fine in clay soils as long as they are not waterlogged (kept too wet).



What You'll Need:

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, cut into 1 inch ribbons
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup cucumbers, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 cup tomatoes, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 (15 ounce can) white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
  • 20 kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 cup herbed croutons

Step by Step:

  • Whisk together vinegar, oil, oregano, and pepper in a large bowl.
  • Add lettuce, carrots, cucumber, tomato, beans, and feta; toss.
  • Either divide into 4 small bowls or keep in one large one.
  • Top with olives and croutons.

Yield: 4 servings


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