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Ticks in the Landscape
Jonathan Green Organic Insect Granules
Cedar Mulch
Fertilome Bug Blaster Granules or liquid spray
Hi Yield Turf Ranger Insect Granules
Fertilome Broad Spectrum Insect Spray

Ticks in the Landscape

Summertime - time to get outside with your family and friends and enjoy the sunshine and warm weather in your yard. The last thing you want to do is cover up and spend the whole day checking the kids and pets for ticks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts summer 2017, to be the biggest tick-fest season ever. Why? Because there will be more ticks. The reason - last winter's mild temps weren't enought to kill these little pests.

Although ticks don’t pose a direct threat to the overall health of your turf, they can threaten the potential health of your family, friends and pets. Ticks hide in lawns and can cause potential health risks such as skin irritation, fever, aches & pains, rashes and diseases like Lyme disease, southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI), Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), ehrlichiosis, and tularemia as well as, while rare, the deadly Powassan virus (often carried by blacklegged ticks) or paralysis. It’s important to understand that with tick populations on the rise, there is an increased risk of contracting these diseases. The good news is it's not too late to do something about it. Below are six simple strategies, which can help you create a tick-free zone and minimize the likelihood of tick-related problems for you and your family.

  1. Prune back trees and shrubs to allow in more light. Ticks prefer hot, humid habitats, so be sure to allow as much light in as possible.
  2. Keep grass clipped to allow in more light and limit moisture. Ticks like tall grasses but do not cross into trimmed, clear lawns.
  3. If you mulch, choose cedar nuggets or chips. Not only is cedar a natural repellant for ticks and fleas, the nuggets retain less moisture and are therefore a stronger repellant of ticks.
  4. Keep it tidy. Pick-up and neatly stack empty gardening containers to reduce hiding and nesting spots for mice.
  5. Utilize deer repelling plants in the landscape. Deer are HOV’s (high occupancy vehicles) for ticks. Child-safe plants that might repel deer include strong-smelling herbs such as mint and lavender.
  6. Apply insect repelling & eliminating solutions. We recommend:
  • Jonathan Green Organic Insect Granules - kills and repels over 100 insect pests with a patented blend of organic plant oils including ants, fleas, spiders, ticks, chinch bugs, ants, earwigs, army worms, spiders, billbugs, beetles, mealybugs, millipedes and many other lawn insects. Environmentally safe.
  • Fertilome Bug Blaster Liquid Spray or Granules - provides broad spectrum control of insect pests in lawns, landscapes, perimeter around homes and buildings. Controls fire ants, fleas, ticks, mole crickets, chinch bugs, European crane flies, scorpions and other listed insect pests.
  • Fertilome Broad Spectrum Insect Spray - for use on lawns, ornamentals, listed garden vegetables, and fruit trees. Provides four month control of insects indoors and up to six-weeks of control of insects outdoors. Kills insects and pests that damage roses, flowers, shrubs, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, and lawns. Controlled ants, armyworms, crickets, mosquitoes, ticks, and many more listed on the label.
  • Hi Yield Turf Ranger Insect Granules – a broad spectrum residual insecticide for the control of certain insects in home lawns. Controls ants, army worms, chinch bugs, crickets, fire ants, fleas, grasshoppers, sod webworms, scorpions, spiders, European crane fly and others listed on label.

The benefits of enjoying the great outdoors far outweigh the risks related to tick bites. However, with the increase of people contracting Lyme’s disease and other tick-related conditions, anyone who spend time outdoors during the hot and hazy days of summer needs to be aware of the potential threat associated with ticks. Following these recommendations and precautions can help reduce the risks and keep ticks away.

Miniature Gardens
Creating a Miniature Garden
Creative Kids & Miniature Gardens
Fairy Gardens
Miniature Gardens

Creating Unique, Miniature Gardens

School’s out and the kids are bored. If you are looking for a fun activity for your little ones (or maybe for yourself), look no further. You can create unique miniature plantings with containers you already have…so dust off those old tin boxes, glass bottles, or whatever else you have on hand and get inspired. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • If your container does not have drainage holes and you cannot drill a hole, add a layer of gravel and charcoal for drainage.
  • If you are considering creating a closed terrarium, stray away from succulents and cacti as they prefer more air flow.
  • We offer a wide selection of mini plants from ferns to cacti. Choose plants that “get along” with each other (succulents and ferns do not make the best partners). We can help you find plants that pair well.
  • If you prefer not to add potting soil directly to your container of choice, you can leave your plants in their plastic pots, set them inside your container, and add moss to hide the plastic pot.
  • If your container is metal, add a layer of foil or plastic before you add soil to help prevent rust.

Once you have chosen your plants, the possibilities are endless. Arrange them however you like in your container and then dress it up. You can add moss, rocks and shells from your trips to the beach, fairy figurines, or whatever sparks your imagination. Next thing you know, you will be scouring your home or the thrift stores for your next unique miniature garden containers. Happy mini gardening!

Berrylicious Blueberry Crumb Cake
July is National Blueberry Month
Berrylicious Blueberry Crumb Cake
Fresh from the Oven
Blueberry Crumb Cake by Chef Menu
McDonald Garden Center, Family-Grown, Hand-Picked Blueberries

Berrylicious Blueberry Crumb Cake

Did you know that July is National Blueberry Month? Quite possibly nature's perfect fruit, blueberries are one of the healthiest foods around, and they require no pitting or peeling. Take advantage of these little blue gems with this delightful blueberry crumb cake recipe created by our very own Chef Manu.

Although crumb cakes are most often served for breakfast, this version, with oodles of sweet blueberries and a rich, buttery topping, is decadent enough to be served for dessert (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, of course). Or, have it with a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon. So, top-off your summer with this any-time blueberry treat.

Cuisine de Jardin with Chef Manu - "Berrylicious Blueberry Crumb Cake.”

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup almond powder
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 box of fresh blueberries

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter

Instructions:

For Cake:

  1. Mix melted butter, brown sugar, vanilla and sugar
  2. Add milk and mix
  3. Add eggs and mix
  4. Next add the flour, yeast and almond powder, and mix together to form a paste-like consistency.
  5. Pour the mixture into a buttered and floured Bundt pan

For Topping:

  1. In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar and cold butter
  2. Cover cake with topping

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Sprinkle with icing sugar and decorate with blueberries.