Ticks are blood feeding parasites that can significantly impact the quality of life and health of humans and their pets. There are three tick species in Ohio that are medically important as they can transmit diseases. They are called hard ticks because they have a hard plate on the surface below their mouths.
American Dog Tick
-prefer grassy areas
-largest tick, 3/16” unfed
-active during Spring & Summer
-can transmit Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Blacklegged Tick (Deer Tick)
-recently emerged in Ohio as serious pest
-mostly in forested areas
-small, 1/16” unfed
-can be active all year, depending on temperature
-can transmit Lyme disease
Lone Star Tick
-more in Southern Ohio, but found in all counties
-mostly in shaded areas
-can transmit human monocytic ehrlichiosis & southern tick associated rash illness
The question remains: how to you protect yourself and your family against these vile creatures? There are many options out there. First, apply a bug repellent. And make sure it is at least 25% Deet in order to repel ticks. Wear light colored clothing to make it easier to find ticks. Long sleeved shirts and pants are good too. Check yourself for ticks and remove them immediately. Keep your yard mowed. Don’t allow brush or leaf litter to accumulate. If you have any rodents living inside or near your house, get rid of them as they may be hosting ticks. If you have any tried and true methods, be sure to let us know! We’d love to hear your suggestions.
Geranium “Rozanne” is a great plant for the garden. It is low maintenance requiring minimal attention. It is a hardy, repeat blooming blue Geranium, which is a perennial. It’s suitable for a wide range of climates and is pest and disease resistant.
Geranium “Rozanne” tends to sprawl out but it holds its flowers high above the sprawling foliage. They will bloom throughout the growing season and will carry on through Fall. It is a very dependable flower and can grow in full sun or partial shade. If flowering lags during hot weather, you can prune them back to encourage more blooms, although this is not required.
You can see from our website that we install in-ground swimming pools? From design to installation, we handle it all. We like to think the pool is part of the project, not the entire project, and design around the client’s needs/wants, budget, and existing conditions. If a pool is something you are considering, keep us in mind! We’d love to add a Summer oasis to your backyard. The possibilities are numerous – let us know if we can help!
Even with the late start to the mowing season, the crews are making progress through the mulching list. Our goal is to have all of our mulch put down by the end of the month. The reason for that is: we are already planning for the next part of the season.
Our Summer pruning will be starting soon. You may notice that some of your plants are starting to look a little hairy again. With the Spring we had, the plants were very happy and pushed a lot of new growth. What we are targeting in our next round of pruning is to get the shrubs back under control and get a nice shape to them. We will be doing a slightly more aggressive shaping on the shrubs that were flowering on our first visit. Overall, our goal is to make sure your landscape looks nice through the rest of the season.
Did you know that not all shrubs can be sheared into shape? Pruning shrubs wrong can lead to unsightly plants or even plants dying. A lot of Evergreen shrubs can be severely damaged by shearing while others will be fine. Some shrubs like Junipers cannot be pruned back past the green growth. Doing so could lead to spots never growing again. Other shrubs like Boxwood and Yews can be sheared but will need a detailed hand pruning every couple of years to make sure new growth is starting from inside the plant. Shearing a shrub can cause the majority of the growth to be at the very tips of the branches making a harder pruning not possible.