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Winter is Coming! Time to Think Snow Removal

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Today is the last day of summer. Don’t shoot the messenger, but like it or not Snow Removal season is fast approaching. This week’s blog is the first in a series of useful articles, ‘best of’ tips, and product recommendation articles designed to help you get ready for what The Old Farmer says should be […]

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Control Mosquitoes Safely and Effectively Using These Easy, Non-Toxic Solutions

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Summer may be winding down, but mosquitoes are still in full force. Fighting biting insects doesn’t have to involve harmful toxic chemical pesticides. In fact, homeowners can control mosquitoes safely and effectively using natural, integrated pest-management techniques. Mosquito-borne diseases are among the world’s leading causes of illness and death today. But the dangers posed by […]

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Control Crabgrass Organically with These Simple Tips

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Late summer in the Midwest means crabgrass. Some summers are worse than others for this hot-weather nuisance grass. And this summer has proven to be a good one for crabgrass, meaning a bad one for lawns. Fortunately, an organic approach to control crabgrass can work over time to reduce its presence. In order to control […]

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Smart Watering Starts BEFORE You Turn on the Garden Hose

Flowerbed Automatic Water Sprinkler

Smart watering guidelines usually offer advice on how often and when to water your lawn and garden in order to keep things green while being eco-friendly. While this advice is important, using water smart landscape design, you can further lighten your footprint and conserve water before you even turn on your garden hose.

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Safely Protect Against Mosquito Bites With No Toxic Pesticides

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“Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito.” —Confucius The zika virus is headline news these days and has many folks understandably concerned about deadly diseases spread by the mosquito. While it’s true that mosquito-borne diseases are among the world’s leading causes of illness and death today, the dangers posed by the insects must […]

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Stop Poisoning Your Dog!

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Study Links Toxic Lawn Chemicals to Canine Cancer:  You may be choosing the look of your lawn over the health of your dog. A recent comprehensive study shows that Americans are poisoning their pets by applying commonly used synthetic lawn care products such as toxic herbicides and chemical fertilizers that cause canine cancer. “A lot […]

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Leave Your Leaves or Kick ‘Em to the Curb?

fall clean ups

Either Way, You Still Need to Rake Your Leaves. (Sorry.) There’s a story making the rounds in the media claiming that raking fall leaf debris ‘has been declared overrated, harmful, and all-around terrible by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).’ (Yahoo! News, November 10th) While this might seem like welcome news to overworked homeowners, don’t burn your […]

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Got Weeds? Don’t Touch That RoundUp!

Weeds? Non-toxic weed control

Weeds are one of the more vexing aspects of every lawn care program. What they are and why they are in a lawn are the keys to how to prevent them. Weeds thrive on weak, stressed turf and compacted, unhealthy soil. Eliminate those conditions and grass will win over weeds. Weeds are natural indicators, meaning […]

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