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What are the benefits of core aeration?

 Aeration increases air, water and nutrient movement to the root zone. It intensifies decomposition of thatch, provides a better environment for seeding, increases the effectivness of applied fertilizers and control products. Aeration incorporates organic amtter into the soil and increases tolerance to heat and cold.
 

How much water does my lawn need?

 On the average, most lawns need about one inch of water per week. Naturally, when temperatures rise the grass will need more water. Organic soils generally require less water than sandy soils. The length of the grass blade, temperature, shade, evaporation and wind are all factors in determining just what your lawn needs.

 

Why are my tree's leaves brown on the edges?

 It's most likely a cold injury or "leaf scorching," caused by insufficient water transport to the leaves. Give your tree a lot of water during dry periods, and check for possible root damage or girdling. Extreme wind and winter weather can also cause these symptoms.
 

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How can I control mosquitos and the spread of West Nile Virus?

  1. Change water in birdbaths at least once a week.
  2. Check for inverted garbage can covers as these fill with water each time it rains.
  3.  Drill some half-inch holes in the bottom of garbage cans and flower pots so that they don't hold water.
  4. Swimming pool covers: an inflatable pillow when installed properly, (pool is topped off by slipping hose under cover), leaves no moat for water to collect.
  5. Gutters that don't drain are perfect breeding places - unplug leaders so water flushes through.
  6. Any other item that could contain stagnant water should be removed.
     

Do you have any ideas for manageable, small space gardens?

 Gardening, like all good things, must sometimes be taken in moderation. We are not all blessed with acres of property, hours of free time, or the mobility to garden unrestrained. Whatever the situation, container gardens can be a wonderfully creative solution.

There is a wide array of pots, troughs, baskets, boxes and barrels of all shapes, sizes, colors and textures available. Literally anything that can hold soil can be converted into a "flower pot". Old buckets, dishes, shoes, toys, add humor and whimsy and work just as well as traditional pots. Several companies now sell lightweight faux stone pots, which are attractive, inexpensive and easy to care for.

 

So many moles!

The mole is prevalent throughout North America, living primarily underground. One researcher nicknames the mole as a "little gentleman in velvet" -- but the mole is far from being a "gentleman" to landscapers.

 It's no wonder the mole is quick to dig an array of underground runways across a yard or garden. The mole needs to eat 50 percent of its body weight in food per day; otherwise, it's threatened by starvation. 

 One method of treatment is the use of Mole Scram 

 Mole Scram granular mole repellant.

 Mole Scram works three ways:
1. It coats worms – moles’ main food – with castor oil, which disrupts the moles’ digestive system and drives them to new feeding areas.
2. It also makes mole habitats – feeding tunnels and surrounding soil – smell bad.
3. Finally, it repels insects – another mole food source – from the surface of the mole habitat. 

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