Month: April 2011

Watering and Aerating Your Lawn

Cathie Lavis is a professor of horticulture at Kansas State University. Her expertise includes landscaping, arboriculture, irrigation, and landscape contracting. She provides insight for homeowners and gardeners on plant care, selection, and more. Water and air are necessitates of life, not only to you and me, but also to the grass that grows in our lawns. … Continued

Flea & Tick Season

Melissa Brookshire, DVM, runs North River Enterprises and provides consulting services on pet food and animal health companies while balancing her life as a mom of two active boys. A graduate of the University of MissouriCollege of Veterinary Medicine, Melissa owned and operated a multi-species veterinary hospital with her husband before starting her consulting business. … Continued

‘Tis the Season…For Mosquitoes

California Recognizes Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness week. Mosquitoes thrive in the warm weather that is fast approaching, and it’s important to realize that these little bugs can cause more than just annoying bites.  Mosquitoes can transmit diseases like West Nile virus, malaria, yellow fever, heartworm in dogs, and encephalitis.  That is why  the Mosquito … Continued

Tips for Spring Mowing

Dr. John Stier, environmental turfgrass extension specialist, professor and chair of the Dept. of Horticulture-University of Wisconsin, Madison.  People all around are starting to get their yards cleaned up from winter – picking up sticks, preparing gardens, tuning up lawnmowers, etc. Mowing is a big business: there are nearly 50 million acres of lawns in the United States  … Continued

Show Me Some ID: Identifying Weeds in your Lawn

A commonly repeated definition of a “weed” is “an unwanted plant.” This broad definition can make the process of identifying – and controlling – weeds a bit daunting. But understanding a few common weeds, and particularly learning about those that may pose health or wellness dangers, is an important first step toward maintaining safe, healthy … Continued

Combating Lyme Disease With Pesticides

Spring brings warmer weather, beautiful flowers, time outdoors . . . and ticks. Ticks also bring the risk of Lyme disease. Lyme disease cases have increased significantly, especially in New England, during recent years; Fairfield County, Conn., reported 699 human cases in 2009 compared to 470 cases in 2007. This increase has prompted the Department … Continued

National Lawn Care Month – What can your lawn do for you?

April is National Lawn Care Month and that means it is time for you to get outside and starting working on your lawn and garden.  A lawn can do more than just be a source of pride for American homeowners. A lush, green lawn can reduce allergies, boost real estate value and lower the amount … Continued

Great American Cleanup

With spring here and summer soon to follow, there couldn’t be a better time to get outside and start cleaning up around your home and favorite public spaces. Keeping your home, lawn, park, and local recreation areas clean is an important part of beautifying your community for everyone’s enjoyment. Great American Cleanup, organized by Keep … Continued

National Play Outside Day

When’s the last time you played outside? Kicked around a soccer ball? Went to the local park?  Took a hike? If it’s been too long, here’s an excuse to get outdoors. Beginning April 2, National Play Outside Day will be observed the first Saturday of every month. This day will encourage children and adults to … Continued

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