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Winter and Gypsy Moth

By gail

Winter Moth caterpillars hatched two to three weeks ago and have been quietly turning the young leaves of their favorite trees into Swiss cheese. The caterpillars are now getting to the size where the damage will increase very quickly. Gypsy Moth caterpillars began hatching this past week in East Sandwich. They are still very young […]

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The Dirt on Grubs

By A Landscape Professional

  A Grub’s Life. Did you know that insects make up 70-80% of all known animal life? There are over 100,000 known insects in the United States. Fewer than 100 insects can actually damage home lawns. Of these 100 insects, grubs are the most feared by home owners. So what’s the dirt on grubs you […]

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Steps for Homeowners to Reduce Ticks in Their Yard

By A Landscape Professional

Ticks are most prevalent in overgrown and wooded areas, but also live in lawns and shrubs and in areas around your home. Learning how to decrease ticks in your lawn and surrounding areas will help protect your family and pets from potentially harmful tick bites. Following the chemical free steps listed below will decrease the […]

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It’s Not Easy Being Green – The Story of Nature Guard

By A Landscape Professional

IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN: The story of Nature Guard Written By: Bob Hoxie Just Plain Old Green: Being in the tree and landscape business my entire life, I’ve had a unique connection to the word green. I have watched the word evolve. The definition and symbolic significance has changed many times in the past […]

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Winter Damage to Your Lawn and Beds, and What can be Done About it

By A Landscape Professional

As the snow departs this spring, many lawns will show damage that occurred during the winter. The most common problem we see at this time is uneven ground. Low spots hinder drainage, allowing water to collect, while high spots are an invitation for mower damage (scalping). Both of these create poor growing conditions for turf […]

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Common Pesticides Can Kill!

By A Landscape Professional

Common Pesticides ‘Can Kill Frogs Within Hour’ — article by Damian Carrington of the Guardian Widely used pesticides can kill frogs within an hour, new research has revealed, suggesting the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the catastrophic global decline of amphibians. The scientists behind the study said it was both […]

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Important if you have IMPATIENS in your garden!!

By A Landscape Professional

From the Umass Extension website: Impatiens downy mildew was diagnosed on Impatiens (walleriana) in landscapes in Massachusetts  for the first time in 2011 and has been diagnosed again in 2012. Symptoms vary from slightly off color foliage (slight yellowing) and slight wilting/curling down of foliage to nearly total leaf loss. If the disease continues to […]

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Caring For Newly Planted Trees and Shrubs

By A Landscape Professional

Transplant shock is fairly common in newly transplanted trees; researchers have found that a tree can lose as much as 90% of its root system when it is removed from the nursery. This causes a great deal of stress on the plant as it is tries to re-establish itself. Research has also shown that approximately […]

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GREAT Article On Benefits of Organics

By A Landscape Professional

Nature Guard uses organic products just like this article is explaining.  We found this article to be very informative and useful in understanding the benefits of using organic products on your lawn.  It is an interview with the owner of a company not unlike ours who talks about his switch from chemicals to organic products.  […]

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Summer Stress On Your Lawn

By A Landscape Professional

Summer is a stressful time for home lawns. High temperatures and lack of moisture can cause even irrigated lawns to go dormant. Adjusting your mowing height is the most important practice to prepare your lawn for hot weather. Mow at heights around three inches or slightly higher. Lawns maintained at higher heights develop deeper roots […]