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Category: Winter

Mice and Moles Love Our Mild Winter

February 22, 2016 by Kirsten Johnson

Its true. With our warmer than normal winter, mice and moles have been very active...above and below ground. With our recent thaw, you might have seen evidence of tunnels in your yard from field mice and moles burrowing under the snow. In fact, many of them will breed during this time of year, which means more of these critters in the spring. So why do moles and mice burrow on your property? Theres food nearby. If you have an abundance of insects in your soil, the mice and moles are more likely to stay put. You may have sandy or soft soil around your yard or foundation. They can still burrow below the snow and get underground. But, with our milder winter, the ground did not freeze very far down. Your neighbor made his property unfriendly to these critters The good news is that they can help create a healthy yard by aerating your lawn and getting rid of many pests in the ground. But, if you want them gone, heres a few things you can do: They dont like to locate where the lawn is

Posted in Winter, Pest Control

5 Advantages to Winter Pruning

February 03, 2016 by Kirsten Johnson

Winter can be an ideal time to prune most tree and shrubs Correct pruning is a landscape practice that can enhance the health, vigor and aesthetics of your trees and shrubs. Below are Five advantages to pruning in the winter: 1. During the winter, most woody plants are dormant and so are the many diseases and insects that can potentially invade pruning cuts. 2. After leaves have fallen, it is much easier to see the plants overall form and structure. Damaged and diseased branches are more readily apparent when not obscured by foliage. 3. Pruning in the late summer or early fall can stimulate new growth that may not harden off before the cold weather. This is not a concern during the winter. 4. Winter pruning is good for your plants, leaving them with extra root and energy reserves to quickly heal wounds and support vigorous spring growth that will obscure the pruning cuts. 5. Winter pruning is also good for you, giving you a reason to go outside on a mild winter day to enjoy your

Posted in Winter, Tree Care

Preparing Your Mower for Winter Storage

November 12, 2015 by Kirsten Johnson

Once the mowing stops you should tune it up and sharpen the blade so that its at peak performance for the Spring. A sharp blade and a smooth running engine will actually make your grass healthier and greenerMowing with a sharp blade will help your lawn look better! Take the time to prepare your mower for a long winter hibernation Follow the steps below each fall or Contact Good Nature,if you are in our service area, to have us pickup your mower, give it the TLC described below and then return it to you in the spring. Step 1: Drain The Gasoline All the ethanol in our gasoline attracts condensation and causes your gasoline to become mixed with water when it sits for along time (like over the winter). The Ethanol in your gasoline is also corrosive and can damage the carburetor. To keep your lawn mower in good shape over the winter, you need to drain the gas. Note: Weve found that fuel stabilizers do NOT work at preserving fuel over the winter. In many cases, they can make the situation

Posted in Winter, Storage, Damaged Grass
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