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By: Admin    April 05 2018 , 08:30 am
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Category: Seasons , Lawn Care
Spring is here, but your lawn might not know it!Frost and cold winter weather can leave your lawn with something to be desired. Your grass may have grown in patchy and foliage debris might have built up.Ensuring your lawn is prepared in the spring will make for a stress-free summer. With the proper care and maintenance, you will be enjoying your lush green lawn soon enough!Clearing Your LawnThe first step in a beautiful lawn is performing damage control. A few leaves on the lawn could be a good thing for the soil, but too much will suffocate it and stunt its growth. Begin by raking the yard thoroughly – this will also help to control thatch (dead grass or roots that have built up) and snow mold. You can spot snow mold if your grass becomes matted and loses it color. After your lawn is cleaned up on the surface, check below ground for the soil pH level. The pH level may vary depending on what type of ...
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By: Admin    April 03 2018 , 09:30 am
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Category: Seasons , Animals
Spring is in the air! New life is emerging and old life is waking up. Familiar friends such as bunnies, fawns, and robins make their appearance, but less welcome creatures do too.Warm weather months marks one of the most active times for ticks, along with other pesky insects. This time of year also marks the end of hibernation for numerous animals including snakes, bears, and bats.TicksFlies are not the most welcome house guest, but they are nothing compared to the deer tick. Adult ticks come out of dormancy when the temperature goes above 40°F. They’re primarily active from March to mid-May. Deer ticks bring Lyme disease with them which can possibly affect your skin, nervous system, heart, and joints. Symptoms will typically start to appear within 30 days and the disease can be transmitted to both you and your pets. When spending time outside this spring be sure to check you and your pet thoroughly...
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By: Admin    March 27 2018 , 03:59 pm
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Category: Seasons , Farming
Hello, spring! It may be a little chilly in some parts of the country, but as of March 20th, it is officially spring! With a new season comes new and delicious fruits. Farmers across the country are preparing and growing them at this moment and as the weather gets warmer they will be ready in no time.In-Season FruitsThere are quite a few fruits that make their annual appearance in the spring. Some of the most popular include apricots, strawberries, and apples. You can tell if an apricot is ripe when it changes color from green to yellow. They will be soft, but still relatively firm. Apricots will fall off of the tree naturally, so the ones in the tree and on the ground are up for grabs. For flavorful strawberries, look out for a deep red without any green left. Strawberries will be one of the softest fruits when you put slight pressure on them. If the strawberry appears ripe by these standards, it is r...
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By: Admin    March 26 2018 , 10:19 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Spring is for planting and rewards those who wait!With some planning and know-how you can avoid disappointment from early spring cold snaps.With spring newly arrived, we as gardeners and horticulturists cannot wait to get our hands dirty! However, to achieve success and to avoid disappointment we must be patient and keep a few key things in mind before meeting shovel to soil.WeatherWe must remember to listen to the weather, and more importantly temperature, above all else.Temperature is a key deciding factor in plant success and growth. In fact, it is wise to look out for a constant minimum nighttime air temperature of 50 degrees F for at least one week before planting tender warm-season bedding plants, vegetables, and seedlings. Planting before that temperature consistency results in stressed plants, making them needlessly prone to disease and insects. Your plants will not grow, or they may be da...
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By: Admin    March 16 2018 , 07:09 pm
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Category: Seasons , Nature
Crafting is the perfect way to Get into the St. Paddy's Day spirit.Get the family involved and “go green” with these fun crafts that incorporate seasonal spring greenery!St. Patrick’s Day is often associated with food-related fun – many people look forward to the creative alcoholic drinks, Irish soda bread, and traditional meals like corned beef and cabbage. However, as mid-March marks the beginning of spring, this is an ideal holiday to celebrate with creative gardening crafts.Crafting with Garden GreensYour family will love incorporating the great outdoors into these fascinating and fun projects.If the weather is nice where you are, you can get your kids outside and plant common Irish vegetables, such as peas and potatoes! In addition to being staples of Irish cuisine, peas and potatoes are cool season crops and March 17th is traditionally an ideal day to start them. If your garden ...
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