Fire Blight

Kalie Larkin Expert Advice, Plant Care Leave a Comment

Fire blight is a type of bacterial infection caused by Erwinia amylovora. This bacteria is most often found in apple, pear and mountain ash varities in our area but can also be found in any of the rose family, cotoneasters, hawthorns, serviceberries and even blackberries and raspberries. It is important to know about these other hosts especially if you keep …

Proper Mowing Height For Your Lawn

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Everyone loves a healthy lawn and we often think of our lawn as one big green (hopefully) organism but I find it helpful to think of it as a community of individual plants. Each plant has roots, a stem and a canopy and the proper pruning of that canopy, aka proper mowing of the grass blades, can have a major …

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The Ideal Watering For Your Lawn

Kalie Larkin Expert Advice, Sprinkler Systems Leave a Comment

Figuring out when and how much water to put down on your lawn is one of the trickier parts, and potentially expensive parts, of home ownership. Whether or not you have a sprinkler system or are planning to do it with good ole fashioned hand watering, knowing the key principles behind ideal watering can save yourself time and money. Even …

Why Trees Die Needlessly – The Easy Solution That Almost Nobody Knows

Kim Johnson Expert Advice, Landscaping, Plant Care Leave a Comment

All organisms found on earth eventually die. Lifecycles can be as short as hours or as long as thousands of years. One of the longest living organisms on this big blue ball is the tree. It can live for decades, centuries and in some cases even millennia. Trees are useful in an uncountable number of ways: they provide beauty, habitats, …

Honey bees and other pollinators

Tecia Grover Expert Advice, Landscaping, Lawn Care Leave a Comment

As the warm spring air hits Eastern Idaho, it awakes one of the most busy and productive insects. Bees and other pollinators start moving around in the search for food. There are over 4,000 types of bees thorough out the United States. Other pollinators are beetles, birds and bats. These are not a major pollinator as the bees but, they …

Western Tent Caterpillars

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We actually have several types of tent caterpillar here in Southeastern Idaho. They are considered a simple pest due to the fact that they all have similar life cycles, habits and even appearances. Malacosoma californicum, otherwise known as the western tent caterpillar is the one that is the most common and consequently the most damaging. Their presence is normally more …

Why to Plant That Garden

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My mother and I have always been something of haphazard gardeners but as I have been reading and studying to figure out what I wanted to say here I can honestly say that I want to change that. Research has documented that planting and maintaining a garden provides benefits that can last a life time. Most of these will come …

Aeration Vs Power Rake

Justin Lindstrom Landscaping, Lawn Care Leave a Comment

These two types of lawn care treatments have very different and distinct purposes. Aeration allows for better water and air infiltration into the soil. Power raking is the process of removing a heavy thatch layer from above the soil. Thatch A thatch layer is a buildup of dead and living organic matter and grass roots on top of the soil. …