We broke the record! This year has been the wettest in history breaking the old record of 67.69 inches. “In total, 2011 saw nearly 2 feet more rain than usual, enough to comfortably fill a Lehigh Valley-sized koi pond,” states the Morning Call. Read more below:
As the temperatures drop and the natural food supply dwindles, ants can begin to search for food inside your home.
The first thing to do is to follow the ant line to see where they came from and how they are getting into your house. Check for any cracks or small opening around your windows, screens and doors that pests could crawl through.
However, the best solution to this problem is to stop these pests before they enter your home and by discouraging them from coming back. This can be done by spraying a liquid “barrier” around the perimeter of your home. Here at R-green Organic with our Perimeter Pest Control program we use a natural deterrent to control crawling insects, thus reducing our carbon footprint by 95%. It’s great for the environment and more effective.
Call us today at 888-578-LAWN to keep these annoying pests out of your home!
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In the fall as the leaves begin to drop it is important to clean them up. Fallen leaves can eventually decompose the soil beneath. This can be good for a forest environment but not for your lawn where your grass can be smothered.
Don’t trash those leaves! Put them on your compost pile, and look forward to next year’s healthful compost.
All healthy plant material can be composted, including twigs. Unhealthy material should only be composted if you manage your compost pile and can be sure that the compost pile will reach a temperature of at least 120 F and remain at that temperature for two to three weeks. A “hot” compost pile will kill disease organisms and insect larvae.
If your composting practices are more casual, don’t put unhealthy material in the pile.
In the fall, after the flowers have finished blooming it is a good idea to cut back your perennials. Peonies and roses especially should be cut back. To know where your perennials are in the spring, mark their location with a stake when you cut them back.
Also be sure to divide overgrown perennials. Remove the bulbs or tubers of tender plants like gladioli, dehlias and tuberous begonias and plant daffodils, tulips and other spring-flowering bulbs.
Remove your annual flowers, but first collect seeds for next years flower beds. Hearty plants like larkspur or rose campion will return next year if you scatter seed in the fall.
Continue mowing your lawn at 3-31/2 inches and be sure to leave the grass clippings lay as they provide valuable nutrients to your lawn.
Trees and Shrubs
Now is the time to prune and trim back branches and also the time to plant new trees and shrubs. Take advantage of our winterizing fertilization application for your lawn and also for your trees and shrubs.
Additional fall tips:
Re-edge your border along your flower beds and your lawn.
And most importantly, take some time to relax, carve pumpkins and enjoy the changing season.