1. Beware – New tick-borne disease worse than Lyme

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    Ticks in your grass can spread diseases

    Ticks in your grass can spread diseases

    A new study finds a tick-borne disease known as Borrelia Miyamoto is now infecting people across the Northeast, and in some cases the symptoms are so extreme that people have gone to the hospital.

    A Flemington, NJ physician, gained prominence two years ago when he became the first to identify a nasty little tick-borne pathogen called Borellia Miyamotoi as the source of a severe human illness.

    Now he has co-authored a new paper, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, that starts to give physicians a better understanding of B. Miyamotoi and its effect on humans.

    With Lyme disease, the majority of illnesses appear to occur in June and early July, and B. miyamotoi is largely centered around the late summer, so the effect of the two bacteria is to widen the overall risk of tick-borne disease.

    Symptoms of B. Miyamotoi vary widely. Some people don’t feel sick and others have a high fever and other flu-like symptoms. In addition, B. Miyamotoi appears to be associated with related bugs that cause recurring flu-like illness, unlike Lyme.

    While ticks are particularly a problem now, they’re virtually always a problem in places like Hunterdon County, Gugliotta said. Tick-borne disease abates when the first frosts occur, but the bugs are found in places that stay warmer, such as barns, he said.

    Plant Solutions can help you manage you any tick problem you may have. Let our experts lesson the risk to your family and pets of Borellia miyamotoi and Lyme Disease.

    Read more at http://www.nj.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2015/06/tick-borne_illness_first_diagnosed_in_hunterdon_wo.html

     

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  2. Trees Clean the Soil

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    The term phytoremediation is a fancy word for the absorption of dangerous chemicals and other pollutants that have entered the soil. Trees can either store harmful pollutants or actually change the pollutant into less harmful forms. Trees filter sewage and farm chemicals, reduce the effects of animal wastes, clean roadside spills and clean water runoff into streams.

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  3. Trees Produce Oxygen

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    Let’s face it, we could not exist as we do if there were no trees. A mature leafy tree produces as much oxygen in a season as 10 people inhale in a year. What many people don’t realize is the forest also acts as a giant filter that cleans the air we breath.

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  4. 6 June Ornamental Plant Tips

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    June Ornamental Plant Tips

    • Attract beneficial insects to your landscape by planting a wide variety of flowering annuals and perennials that will bloom over the entire growing season. Good choices are plants in the following families: daisy (marigolds, daises, asters, mums), carrot (dill, fennel, anise, yarrow, parsley) and mint (all mints and thymes).
    • Pinch out the flower buds of fall blooming asters, mums, goldenrod and other fall bloomers to keep plants bushy and prevent early flowering.
    • Cut Iris flower stalks down to the crown when they are finished blooming. Leave the foliage alone. If your iris are over-crowded, June, after flowering, is the recommended time to lift and divide them. Read more… [2]
    • Iris borer [3] larvae tunnel down and feed on the rhizomes. The leaves and flower stalks may wilt. The best control is prevention. To prevent borer attack do not mulch your irises, plant rhizomes high in the planting bed and select full sun sites. If you suspect borers, dig up the rhizomes after bloom, cut off rotted and infested portions and re-plant.
    • Thrips [4] feed on flower buds and opened flowers causing them to turn brown. They cause leaf undersides to appear dirty and silvery. They are slender, minute and appear yellow-brown in color and transparent. Thrips are especially bad on gladiolus and will prevent flowers from opening.
    • Brown, bulls-eye lesions on pachysandra are an indication of the fungal disease volutella [5]. Thin out plants to improve circulation.

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  5. Lawn Watering Restrictions Underway in Randolph

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    This summer looks like it is going to be tough on your lawn. If the drought conditions continue any lawn that is not healthy to begin with this spring will be in trouble. Soil testing and proper nutrients are essential.

    RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP
    May 14, 2015 at 10:51 PM

    RANDOLPH ,NJ- In the summer months, Randolph experiences extremely high levels of water consumption, much of which can be attributed to the inefficient and at times wasteful overwatering of lawns.

    In an effort to conserve water, the township council adopted new lawn watering regulations in May of 2007, for properties which receive water provided by the Township of Randolph and the Town of Dover.

    These regulations impose restrictions on residential lawn watering during the summer months and supplement Chapter 50, Water and Sewers, of the Revised Ordinances of the Township of Randolph.

  6. Keep your pets safe around your lawn

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    In the warm weather your pets and family will spend a lot of time on your lawn. Talk to us about a pet safe lawn.

    Please keep this in mind for your pet’s safety and well being:

    These are the ten most toxic human foods and should never be given to your pets.

    • Caffeine
    • Chocolate
    • Avacado
    • Pitted Fruits
    • Grapes
    • Raisins
    • Tomatoes
    • Cherries
    • Spicy Foods
    • Macadamia Nuts
    • Chewing Gum
    • Mushrooms (If you can’t have them, neither can your pets)
    • Onions
    • Garlic
    • Chicken, turkey or fish bones

    Here is a list of healthy human foods your pets can have:

    • Apples (no seeds)
    • Blueberries
    • Strawberries
    • Green Beans
    • Carrots
    • Seedless Watermelon
    • Bananas
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Squash

     

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    Bob Vila si still out there helping homeowners take care of their property. Here Bob gives seven helpful hints. As always Plant Solutions is here to help you take care of your lawn, call us today for a free estimate at 908-548-0716.

    Great Lawn

    1. DETHATCHING

    Dead grass and lawn clippings accumulate and get matted down into thatch, which not only prevents the germination of new grass seed, but also promotes fungus growth and pest infestation. Dethatch the lawn by giving it a good once-over, using either a lawn rake with stiff tines or a special dethatching rake.

    2. TESTING

    To grow grass successfully, you need the right soil. Most varieties thrive in conditions that are neither acidic nor alkaline. Methods exist to raise or lower soil pH, but you’ve got to know what you’re dealing with. Purchase a soil test kit for around $10 from your neighborhood garden store, or send a soil sample to your local extension office.

    3. CLEANUP

    Part of spring lawn care involves clearing away the ravages of winter. Equipped with your rake and pruning shears, take an exploratory stroll around the property. Look closely for any plants that didn’t survive. Prune damaged or dead branches from trees and bushes, and remove twigs or leaves you find lingering on the grass.

    4. AERATION

    In high-traffic areas, the soil beneath grass gradually becomes compacted and inhospitable to grass roots. Manual or mechanical aeration reverses the damage done. Here, wine cork-size plugs are drawn out of the lawn surface, giving roots room to spread and allowing air, nutrients, and moisture to penetrate the soil.

    5. WEED TREATMENT

    Weed control ranks high among spring lawn-care priorities: If you don’t act against weeds now, before they emerge, you’ll spend the summer battling them—and it’s not a fight you’re liable to win. Prevent weeds from even sprouting by applying a pre-emergent herbicide. For an alternative treatment free of harmful chemicals, try cornmeal.

    6. SEEDING

    On any bare patches of ground, skip the herbicide and opt instead for grass seed. Be aware, however, that if you’re planting grass in the spring, it’s going to need lots of TLC during the hot summer months—that is, consistent watering and regular weeding—and you’ll most likely have to seed again in the fall.

    7. EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE

    Before the lawn season gets into full swing, inspect all your outdoor tools, including the mower. If necessary, take the machine in for service or give it a tune-up yourself: change the oil, install new spark plugs, and replace the air filter. Also, make sure to have fuel on hand in preparation for the first grass-cutting of the year.

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: The old adage applies as directly to spring lawn care as it does to so many other pursuits. Indeed, setting off on the right course in spring can help ensure that your grass thrives right through to fall, bolstering that curb appeal you count on it to provide.

     

    Read more at http://www.bobvila.com/articles/spring-lawn-care/#.VUurwhdIhBC

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