Monthly Archives: July 2018

Landscaping Tips: What Mulch to Use for Trees

Landscaping Tips_ What Mulch to Use for Trees
Landscaping Tips_ What Mulch to Use for Trees

One question that comes up this time of year a lot is what is the proper mulch to use for trees. It’s easy to grasp the basic premise of mulch, but when people go to their local nursery they see many different kinds. How do you know which one to use? The short answer: wood chips.

The very best mulch to use for trees is something that is going to decompose gradually. Mulch made from wood chips fits the bill perfectly, since it rots slowly, and as an added bonus, this mulch is quite low in nutrients so will not encourage weed growth. Composted wood chips are the preferred material; these can be used as durable, low-maintenance mulch, which weathers to a silver-gray color.

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Do We Need Insects For Our Garden?

Do We Need Insects For Our Garden_
Do We Need Insects For Our Garden_

10 Beneficial Insects For Gardening

1. Aphid Midge: These insects look like a delicate, small wasp. The larvae eats more than sixty varieties of aphids from the garden. You can attract them by growing plants with a lot of pollen and nectar.

2. Big-Eyed Bug: This is a fast-moving bug with large eyes and very small black spots on itís head and thorax. They are usually found in field crops and orchards. The big-eyed bug eats leafhoppers, spider mites, plant bugs, aphids, and small caterpillars. This bug is a real asset to gardening.

3. Ladybug: The ladybug ranges in size from 1/16 to 3/8 inch and have round red, orange or yellow bodies with black markings. They prefer gardens that have a large amount of pollen and nectar-producing flowers. The ladybug is fond of aphids, mealybugs, small insects and scales. The Mexican bean beetle is related to the ladybug but is not beneficial.

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Dealing with Garden Pests

Dealing with Garden Pests
Dealing with Garden Pests

While tending to my own garden, I have found that one of the most frustrating things that can happen to a gardener is to walk outside to check on your plants. It’s just a routine walk to make sure that your garden is thriving, but you end up finding holes in all of your plants
that looked fine only hours before. The explanations for some of these plant-destroying holes are garden pests. Some of the main garden pests are slugs, worms, caterpillars, birds, snails, and the occasional gopher. Although you can never wipe out these pests entirely, after all your hardwork in the garden you have to do something.

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Grubs – A Small Pest That Can Devastate Your Lawn

Grubs - A Small Pest That Can Devastate Your Lawn
Grubs – A Small Pest That Can Devastate Your Lawn

You can get the better of grubs, though they’re among the most damaging lawn pests in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans spend millions of dollars a year replacing the lawns that grubs destroy. They’re small, white insects with a brown head curled into a “C” shape.

White grubs live a few inches under your lawn and feed on the roots of your grass. Grubs are the larvae-or “juvenile” stage-of various kinds of scarab beetles, including Japanese beetles, chafers, and June and May beetles.

“When grubs are close to the surface, starlings and crows, as well as moles, shrews and skunks, can be seen digging them up because they’re a food source,” says Bayer Advanced; lawn expert Lance Walheim, who wrote the book “Lawn Care for Dummies.”

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Choosing The Perfect Flowers For Summer

Choosing The Perfect Flowers For Summer
Choosing The Perfect Flowers For Summer

Summer flowers and bedding plants are a great way to instantly add color to your lawn. Summer flowers start appearing in garden centers in the early spring, but you should be careful to plant only after the danger of freezing weather has passed. Summer flowers produce the best results when purchased ready to plant rather than trying to grow them yourself from seeds. Selecting the right summer flowers for your area can be quite a task, especially if you are planting your first flower garden. Here are some suggestions as to which flowering plants may be right for your situation:

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New WORX 2×20, 40V, Trimmer/Edger Packs Dual Lithium Batteries, Plus Premium Features

WORX_40V WG184 String Trimmer 2
WORX_40V WG184 String Trimmer 2

Cordless grass trimmer/edgers need plenty of dependable cutting power and torque, as well as a full complement of features, to efficiently handle the rugged lawn care tasks they are expected to perform. WORX® delivers the goods with a new 40V cordless model featuring two, 20V, 2.0 Ah batteries; exclusive Command Feed™ line advance system; variable-speed trigger; and push-button conversion from trimming to wheeled edging.

The new trimmer/edger is powered by two, removable, 20V MAX Lithium, 2.0 Ah batteries. It is part of the WORX 2x20V Power Module program that combines the performance of two batteries to deliver 40 volts of power.

This new 2x20V Power Module program covers several WORX yard tools. Each tool is bundled with two, 20V, 2.0 Ah batteries; a 60-minute dual port charger; three-year warranty service; and compatibility with the WORX 20V Power Share Program.

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