Category: Gardening

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

Team Up to Clean Up – The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento

Debug the West has officially begun. First stop, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento!  On Friday, June 10, RISE teamed up with local landscaper, John Williams from Terra Care & Associates and local vector control specialist, Luz Maria Rodriguez from the Sacramento Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, to help members of the … Continued

Fertilizing Lawns in Spring

Dr. John Stier, environmental turfgrass extension specialist, professor and chair of the Dept. of Horticulture-University of Wisconsin, Madison. Spring time always gets people excited about their lawns.  Store shelves are stocked with lawn care products and advertisements are on TV and in the Sunday paper for grasses, mowers, and fertilizers.  Our lawns need three things to grow well: … Continued

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

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

Team Up to Clean Up – Boys & Girls Club of Manchester

As part of Debug the Myth’s efforts in New Hampshire, we are teaming up with local lawn experts Joe Gaukstern of Lawn Dawg Lawn Care, Tim Boyle of Giant Landscaping  and  Chris Pestana with JP Pest Services to help the Boys & Girls Club of Manchester beautify the landscaping around their newly renovated building. On … Continued

Day 5: Treat!

Today is the last day of National Inspect and Protect Week, so it’s time to treat for any problems you’ve found and to be ready for any future problems. In order for the INSPECT acronym to most effectively help you solve your pest problems, all of the steps must work together. For example, if you … Continued

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