Glimpses of spring have filled the air here and there. Even though temperatures are unpredictable right now, it is the perfect time to plan for your garden. Ideal conditions, like temperatures and planting zones, vary depending on your location. The state of Georgia has 5 different plant hardiness zones or geographical areas in which specific plant life is capable of growing based on climate (source).
So what are some simple steps you can do right now to Plan for Your Garden?
- Clean and perform maintenance on lawn equipment.
- Check irrigation system. Make sure that your system is working properly and that water is reaching the desired areas.
- Get your soil tested. Testing can help you to know what is crucial to your soil for the results your desire. Test Your Soil
- Make a plan. Don’t just go buy plants on a whim. Instead, do your research on what plants grow best where/when. Map out what you want to do. This will save you time and money.
- Build raised beds for spring vegetables.
- Prune shrubs and bushes. Pruning stimulates growth so make sure to cut 1-2 feet lower than your desired end of season height.
- Fertilize trees and shrubs.
- Overseed fescue lawns.
Don’t have time for spring planning for your garden? Northwest Lawn Care offers FREE lawn care analysis, aeration and overseeding, and tree and shrub services. Save time and money and let the experts handle your lawn care year round!
This past weekend was a great preview of the warm Spring weather that is coming. The sun was shining, birds chirping, and we could comfortably be outside without multiple layers of clothing. It seems that we have almost (I repeat, almost) escaped the harsh winter that we’ve been experiencing.
After our spring preview, its made many people think about their lawn and how they can enjoy it in the upcoming months. After the treacherous winter weather, it may need a little more TLC than usual. Northwest Lawn Care would like to help you get your lawn back into tip-top GREEN shape!
Our FREE lawn care analysis is an in-depth inspection of your lawn that will help us develop a comprehensive plan that is unique to the needs of your lawn. Call us today or visit us online to schedule your analysis to have your lawn healthy and green for the spring.
Asian Tiger Mosquito
If you are just now being able to absorb the menace of the Gallinipper mosquito, unfortunately you won’t be able to breathe easy just yet. Evidently, tourists aren’t the only people coming to our American shores this summer. The Asian tiger mosquito is named for the black-and-white stripes on its body. You may think that spraying on some bug spray during the day time will help keep them at bay, but think again! This mosquito is different from others in that it bites all day long and pursues not only humans, but also dogs, cats, birds and other animals.
According to Livescience.com, entomology professor Dina Fonseca reports “Part of the reason it is called ‘tiger’ is also because it is very aggressive… you can try and swat it all you want, but once it’s on you, it doesn’t let go.” Another serious concern of this particular insect is that it spreads more than 20 diseases, including West Nile fever, dengue fever, yellow fever and two types of encephalitis.
Since the 1980s, the Asian tiger mosquito has reached 26 states, primarily in the eastern United States. Warm weather helps this pest get around, but its eggs are also capable of surviving cold weather. To help eliminate the potential destruction of this pest, it is important to remove standing water, wear insect repellent and wear long sleeves and pants outdoors. Naturally, Northwest Exterminating is equipped with preventive solutions to give you a mosquito-free summer. If you’re interested in our services, give us a call!
It’s summer time and BBQ season is in full effect. Naturally, your family and friends aren’t the only ones attracted to the smell of something good on the grill. We at Northwest Exterminating provide extensive treatments for mosquitos, fleas & ticks and other creepy crawlers that may want to stop by. However, being proactive in small ways can add to the benefits of pest and mosquito control. Below is a list of tips to help you keep your BBQ guests from getting bugged!
- Keep your outdoor dining area clean. For instance, flies hate the scent of Pine-sol. Mix it with water and put it in a spray bottle to use to wipe down the porch and furniture.
- Place a fan near your BBQ area. This moderate breeze will blow tiny insects off-track
- If you have a more serious mosquito problem, use a fogger in the BBQ area before the event and make sure to spray bushes as well.
- Tiki torches, citronella candles or insecticide candles should go around the edge of your BBQ area, though guests will have to be mindful if you choose to go this route.
- Screen tents are a useful means of protecting food and guests.
- Keep food inside and have guests serve themselves indoors before coming outdoors to eat.
- Bug spray is useful plus and there should be enough for each guest to use.
Northwest is lucky enough to participate in the world renowned St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah, GA each year. Every year we have so much fun and we’re so lucky to be able to be part of such a great event. 2013 was no different! We had a great time and would like to thank the great city of Savannah, GA and all the wonderful spectators for another great year in the 2013 Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade!
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