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Avoiding Your Plant From Sun Injury And Pests

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

West January

Protect Trees from Rodents, Sun Injury

Sunscald is an injury prevalent in the prairie sections of the country. It appears as dead sunken areas of bark on the trunks of trees particularly on the south and southwest sides. Exposed trunks of fruit trees, especially apple and pear, and some ornamental trees such as the mountain ash, suffer from this condition. Apparently the injury occurs in late winter. Day temperatures above the freezing point followed by below-freezing nights cause damage to the wood on the exposed side of the tree. Most damage occurs on the southwest side of the trunk.

This kind of damage can be lessened if young trees are trained so they branch low to the ground. Growing mountain ash in a clump form instead of to a single trunk aids in lessening sunscald injury. Growing shrubs near the base of susceptible trees assists in protecting tender bark. Painting trunks with white paint is another “old timers” method followed.

My Beautiful Roses And My Dog

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Brandy is my huge boxer, a wonderful dog but he does have his faults. One is trying to destroy my roses and other garden plants. I could not chain him because he was accustomed to freedom, so have attempted to overcome his very determined efforts to kill off the plants in some other way. The first year of growing roses (2005) I learned how much Brandy enjoys eating rose leaves.

The fact that when he bit off leaves, one or two canes were broken made no difference to him. He wouldnt stop. Practically all of the dog repellent products were tried with absolutely no result. The problem became worse and began to include more than rose leaves, zinnias were uprooted, petunias trampled, etc. Then in early winter a rose bush was completely torn apart.

Things reached a climax the next spring when I arrived home one day to find the tender green shoots of my tulips chopped off at ground level. It just had to stop! Punishment is most effective when dogs are caught at their misdeeds. So after that, each time Brandy went out I watched him from the back door, if he went near one of the rose bushes he was called a bad dog and had to come in the house.

Southern January Care For Your Roses

Sunday, March 1st, 2009

Rose planting can be started in the southern part of the south during the last half of the month. If you have not ordered you should do so soon, as newer varieties are usually in scarce quantity by now. The old favorites, however, should be in good supply. Do not be afraid to try the new varieties and the All”America selection for the current year.

Birds: This month is usually very hard on birds in the garden. Provide a place for water and see that it is kept filled every day. Also, provide some food in the form of small grains. Put these items near a window and let the children enjoy “bird- watching.”

Pruning and spraying: There are always enough mild days in January to do remedial and heavy pruning. Be sure to prune for a purpose, not just for the sake of exercise! Prune to remove dead or diseased wood, or to correct the pattern of growth. Cuts over one inch in diameter should be painted with a waterproof paint to prevent decay or entrance of insect pests.

Protect Yourself Against Lawn Pests

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Do you have pests or gophers invading your lawn? Chances are, if you have a lawn you will run into a pest problem at some point. Some of the most common pests are the gopher and a close relative the mole. Perhaps, its because those pesky creatures, ants and other insects are finding your lawn attractive. What can you do to get them to stop them from burrowing and nesting in your yard. We will provide you with the answers and more within this article.

Most household lawns are not big enough to attract so many invaders that will cause a serious problem as a result, but, while they can be a nuisance and cause some serious damage to your lawn. Insects are not easily spotted, some are small and unnoticed by the human eye, however they can be seen in the patches of dead, brown grass they leave behind. Some signs of moles and gophers are a bit more obvious, such as dirt mounds on top of and beneath the lawn, tunnels and holes as well. Once the problem is identified, you can then choose how you are going to alleviate the issue.

Getting Back Your Houseplants

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

There are many different types of species that eat up houseplants. There are also a few found in almost all areas.

The first type of common houseplant pests are so tiny you cannot even see them with your eyes, though their damage can become obvious, bacteria.

Rotting roots is a common type of problem with plants that are victim of over watering. Some forms of rot are the result of fungi that grow as a result of over water. The excess moisture aids the growth of bacteria found in the soil that already live in the soil and can be beneficial in small amounts. Once they get to a certain size, the attack the roots and they get transported up into the body of the plant and the leaves. This can quickly kill even the healthiest plant.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, is applicable here. Simply watch how much you water your plants and when. How much water is the right amount, when it best time to water and this will vary from one species to another. You need to research the different types of needs your plant may have.

The Right Time To Fight Common Chickweed

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Midwest January

During the January thaw is a good time to start fighting common chickweed. It is in flower now having germinated in September and October. Soon it will be setting ripening seed. Walk across the lawn now pulling out the chickweed plants by hand while their fresh green leaves are conspicuous against the brown soil.

Protecting Shallow Planted Tulips and Narcissus

The long unseasonable fall experienced in the Midwest last year encouraged growth of tulips and narcissus. During February thaws they will begin to peek through the soil. Before they get nipped by frost, cover the bed with 2 or 3 inches of peatmoss or compost. Next fall plant the bulbs deeper.

Watering Evergreens

Even if rain and snow have fallen recently, it would be wise to check the soil under the evergreens. In many places last falls drought left the subsoil extremely dry. The evergreens require moisture during the winter.

Dormant Spraying

Dormant sprays can be applied whenever the temperature remains above freezing for at least twelve hours. If the trees are subjected to freezing temperatures less than twelve hours after application of the spray, they will be injured when the emulsion of oil and sulfur separates.

Getting the Best Exterminator in Town

Friday, December 19th, 2008

In any city there are dozens of pest control companies, including in cities like Toronto, Canada. The biggest question is to how to go about selecting on of these professionals and what to look for in an exterminator. It is important to select someone who knows what they are doing because if you don’t get the correct person to do the service this will result in you wasting your precious money. These are some tips that will help you select the right person that will do pest control for you.

1.Searching for one. You can open the yellow pages and start going through all the pest control service providers in your area. This way you will find all the businesses that are listed under pest control, pest management or even exterminators in your city. This way can help but it isn’t necessarily efficient. Another effective way of searching for a pest control expert in your area is to go online and search for one. This way you can read reviews on the pest control companies in your vicinity. You should also select a pest control expert that have specific experience with the pest you want to exterminate

Pest Control-A Solution To Household Pests

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Pests are easily the most annoying creatures of earth. From cockroaches and rats to crows and squirrels, there are a lot of animals that can be characterized as a pest in a particular field of work or at the comforts of ones home. Thanks to the availability of many pest control sites and services, a lot of people and surroundings have been saved from possible demolition.

Pest control has been around for ages and the method used to eliminate or control a pest depends on what kind of pest needs to be controlled. If it is a insect then completely different strategies are to be used than in the case were the pest was an animal.

The type of pest control used to control a pest also depends on where pest control will be exercised. If there is a need for pest management in an agricultural area then the approach will be different than a pest management method used to deal with a pest problem in a home.

In order to bring about a solution for the growing agricultural concern, scientific mechanics such as mixed cropping and crop rotation have been inculcated in different farms. Some also go through the process of breeding specific cultivated plants so as to stow crops away from lurking pests.

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