Dormant Pruning, what it is and why it is so important...
You may dread the thought of late fall and winter elements, but for your trees, it’s the moment they’ve been waiting for all year!
Summer is officially over, no more camping, pool parties, cookouts ...and no more ticks and mosquitoes biting either, right?? It's true--summertime is the “tickiest” time of the year, especially in the eastern United States. But just because you haven't seen many (or any) ticks lately, doesn't mean that your risk for catching Lyme disease or some other nasty tick-transmitted germ is over for the year. In fact, it's just about to ramp up a few notches.
It may surprise you to learn that by not knowing that October and November are the months of peak adult blacklegged (deer) tick activity, you likely have let down your guard against ticks, and may have stopped being as dilligent as you were were in the summer months. Many people assume that ticks are not a significant threat in the fall and winter and so they stop monthly treatments for their property.That puts you at a much greater risk for Lyme disease.
As the Director of the TickEncounter Resource Center (TERC) at the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Mather (a.k.a. "The Tick Guy") has funneled his passion for area-wide tick control strategies, tick-bite protection, and tick-borne disease prevention into the center by getting the public more involved in current research and tick education.
In an interview he had with the blog Life With Dogs he answered the following question:
"So many people associate ticks with summer and with Deer Ticks, Is this incorrect or is there a danger year round?"
Dr. Mather responded by saying: “...on the East Coast, things are about to heat up with the adult ticks, especially as we get into October and November…Once there is snow and freezing it slows them down on the East Coast though they are still a risk, especially on the warmer winter days…”
All to often we forget, yes even those of us who work in the Landscaping insdustry that Ticks are not just a "summer problem". They are year round with seasonal fluctuations. Just this week someone here at Swazy found several ticks on their son one of which had latched on quite nicely... This urged us to come up with our list of the
You plant rows of leafy greens, delectable petals and tasty trees. You fertilize them, keep them watered and then you line them up in a free buffet, right out in full view with easy access. You are providing a smorgasbord of munchies...for the local deer population.
Imagine you have been through a very rough season where you have been inflicted with the flu for weeks on end.
Prepare your beloved trees and shrubs for our harsh winter months by scheduling Deep Root Fertilization. It’s the best thing you can do for your trees and shrubs this winter, which is why we want you to know all the details