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Time Is Ticking... Tick Habitats & Barriers


Tick Habitats & Barriers

11 WAYS

TO PROTECT YOUR YARD FROM TICKS THIS FALL & BEYOND

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.

DID YOU KNOW THAT OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER ARE PEAK ADULT BLACKLEGGED TICK SEASON

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

11 Ways to Create a Tick-Safe Zone Through Landscaping


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THE DAYS OF THE "FREE LUNCH" ARE OVER!

Who can blame them, really.

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. 

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You Aren't The Only One Who Needs To Prepare For Flu Season Tree's & Shrubs Do Too!

Imagine you have been through a very rough season where you have been inflicted with the flu for weeks on end. 

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#treecare fall tree care

It Is All About The Roots!

Winter can be hard on trees and shrubs. 

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

 

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Fall Lawn Care Composting

It's Time For Fall Lawn Care!

We just received a timely email: “I know that fall is the best time to do lawn seeding. What’s the correct order in which to do the following: top dressing with compost, aerating, and overseeding?”

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