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.
Our customers are the best out there! This means we are growing and looking to add talented, motivated, responsible people to our team. We are adding both full time, year round positions as well as seasonal positions. Do you know someone looking for a good place to call home? A college student who wants to earn some money this Summer (all while getting a tan and some muscles)? Send them our way! Have them give Jason Deuble at 330-715-5863 a call for more information.
Bursting out of the ground and growing quickly right now is Lily of the Valley. It’s a low ground cover plant with a lovely little flower and an even lovelier smell. It is shade-loving with a dense root system. As the plants grow, the roots spread and will eventually crowd out weeds and most other nearby plants. Over time, just a few plants will become a lush carpet of green. It’s an extremely tough plant that will grow in almost any type of soil. From Spring to Fall, Lily of the Valley will keep landscaped areas looking neatly maintained with little or no attention. Lily of the valley should not be planted in a perennial garden. Instead, treat it as a ground cover, giving it a place where it can roam. All parts of the plant are highly poisonous, including the red berries which may be attractive to children. If ingested—even in small amounts—the plant can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, reduced heart rate, blurred vision, drowsiness, and red skin rashes. So, keep that in mind if you have pets or small children!
The weather is not only making the grass grow but of course, that means it’s making lots of other things grow too – one of which is one of our old favorite – the dandelion. We wanted to let you all know that shortly, we will be applying our step 2 fertilizer, also known as Weed n Feed, to our customers who are on our fertilizer program. This application will help to eliminate broadleaf weeds such as dandelions. For those of you not on a fertilizer program, it is not too late to start. If you are interested in being added to our roster, give us a call and we will get you set up. We have two options for our fertilizer programs – 5 applications or 6 applications.
In true Northeast Ohio fashion, April brought us a variety of weather. Only in Ohio can you plow snow, put down fertilizer, mulch your flower beds and mow your lawn all in the same month! In any event, it seems now that the growing season is in full swing.
This recent rain and favorable temperatures are making the grass grow. And it looks fabulous! Sometimes, I think we can hear it growing! There is more spotty rain in the forecast and we are doing our best to not only keep on schedule but keep quality up as well. In some cases, we are having to cut the lawns before it properly dries. We are doing our best to take care of the turf without damaging it. At times, we are going to cut it twice or even three times to combat the radical growth that is happening now. We may also find it necessary to blow off the lawns in order to remove the debris from lying on and damaging the fast growing turf.
Our first round of fertilizer has just been completed. With this first round of fertilizer, we watch the ground temperatures and schedule the crabgrass preventer to give you optimal coverage through the season. By the time you are reading this, everyone will have their first application completed and we will be starting to plan on round two.
Also, along with mowing comes the need for planting beds to be refreshed. There isn’t much that will improve the look of a dingy landscape better than a fresh coat of mulch. Not only will the landscape look better, the fresh mulch will aid in keeping weeds at bay. Just ask someone who has skipped a year or two and they will tell you the battle that has ensued to remove those unwanted weeds. Additionally, the mulch will retain much needed moisture for later in the Summer when the rain has slowed down. All in all, you can’t go wrong by having fresh mulch applied to your planting areas. If your beds are looking a little blah, then pick up the phone and tell us your woes and we will bring the freshness of Spring to your backyard.
Over the Winter, we have had a staff change here at Brothers Grimm. We are excited to announce the newest addition to our team. Please join us in welcoming Jacob Wyler! Jacob is taking over our Director of Grounds Maintenance & Snow Operations position.
Jacob graduated from The Ohio State University, Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) in 2008 with an Associates of Applied Science in Landscape Contracting and Construction. He comes to us with 11 years experience in the green industry.
Jacob has also earned his Commercial Pesticide Applicator License in several categories.
We are beyond delighted to add Jacob to our team and are enjoying working with him! If you see him out, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and say, “Hi!” He’d love to meet you!
To those of you who have asked about credit cards and if you can pay your invoice with your card, you finally can! We began to see an increase of requests to use credit cards this past year and we are excited to announce that we are now able to accept credit cards for payment.
We are accepting Mastercard, Visa, Discover and American Express. If you wish to use a card to pay your invoice, a 3 percent (3%) convenience fee will be added to the transaction.
If you are one reading this and breathing a sigh of relief, we have two options when paying with a credit card:
1. Automatic charges – if you would like to set your account up to automatically charge your card every month, we can do that. Please fill out a Repeating Credit Card Charge Authorization Form and send it back to me by mail or email. Your information will remain confidential. Each month you receive your invoice, it will include the date that we will charge your card. You can cancel this at any time
2. One time charge – if you would like to pay an individual invoice with your card, you can fill out a One Time Credit card Charge Authorization Form and get it back to me, or simply call me with your card information, or you can always email me with the information. If you call me and I am unable to answer, please leave a voicemail and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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As always, we appreciate your business!