Category: Gardening

5 Ways to Love Your Lawn

Relationships take work, and the one with your lawn is no exception. It takes the same quality time, attention and love any other relationship does to be successful. So what about spending some of the $116 the average American spends on Valentine’s Day to treat your lawn? RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)® is … Continued

Local Boys & Girls Club Members Become Ecosystem Defenders

RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)® teamed up with the Knudson Boys & Girls Club of Salem and the Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club of Portland to provide club members with the opportunity to learn more about the delicate balance of the ecosystem in which they live, and the impact that insects, particularly … Continued

Five Ways to Enrich Your Lawn and Garden this Summer

You may not recognize honey bees beyond their black and gold stripes, but bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our environment and are responsible for pollinating some of our favorite foods and flowering plant species. Research points to multiple factors affecting bee health, such as pests, parasites, climate change, and nutrition problems. Fortunately, gardeners … Continued

Bees Play an Important Role with the Plants We Grow

Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of flowering plant species[i], including those found in yards, landscapes and parks in our communities and across our country. During Pollinator Week – June 16-22, 2014, and all year long – each of us can take action to understand the many factors contributing to bee health, and make a … Continued

The Bee’s Knees

All of us care about the environment and about using lawn and garden pesticides in the safest and most environmentally sound way when dealing with home and garden pest problems. One way to ensure lawn and garden pesticides do not harm pollinators is to read and follow all insecticide product instructions. With the spring planting … Continued

Top Cleaning and Pruning Pointers for Your Lawn and Garden

Written by Kelli Howland Have you noticed the days getting longer? Have you slipped outside without a jacket, as you see the sky brighten? In most areas, the thermometer is not dipping quite as low at night and it’s not just you and the neighbors noticing. Spring is in full bloom … and your yard … Continued

Love to stop and smell your roses?

Valentine’s Day is typically devoted to showing affection to our loved ones with flowers, chocolates, and kisses. But this year, be sure to share some love with your beloved home and lawn, too! Just like a healthy relationship requires nurturing and dedication, a healthy landscape requires just the right amount of attention and care, even … Continued

The Ants Go Marching In…By the Thousands

Summer showers are not only bringing flowers this season but also a flurry of ants to the Southeastern region of the United States. As Florida residents are baffled by the dramatic spikes in infestation, experts say the rain may be to blame. “What’s happening is after it rains, they’re going to send out swarmers, kings and … Continued

2011 Inspect and Protect Week is October 3-7

Debug the Myths and RISE announce the second annual National Inspect and Protect Week, October 3-7, a week dedicated to helping homeowners better understand how to protect their homes, lawns and communities from insects, rodents and weeds that cause health problems and property damage. Leading up to National Inspect and Protect Week, our blog will … Continued

Weeds, Weeds, Weeds!

Of course, this is our old friend, crabgrass. When we see crabgrass in a lawn that has been treated with a preventive control, all things being equal, we can usually find a secondary cause for its presence. For instance, in the photograph above the crabgrass is growing adjacent to an asphalt driveway. Why is that … Continued

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