Here Are Some Backyard Mosquito Control Systems For Your Home

There’s nothing worse than having your backyard barbecue or pool party marred by mosquitoes. That’s why you should always have a backyard mosquito control system that you can rely on. The good news is that you have some options.

There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes inhabiting the Earth. About 176 of these species are found in North America. And there are roughly 55 species alone flying around in Michigan. Only a few of these carry diseases, but they’re all significant nuisances.

Whether you’re trying to decrease the risk of contracting the West Nile Virus or just trying to enjoy the outdoor space in your backyard, there are plenty of reasons to want to keep mosquitoes away. So, let’s look at a few backyard mosquito control systems that you can try at your home.

Outdoor Residential Spraying

You can put together a plan that is designed to spray pesticides around your yard. 

Our Defender Program is a great example of this. It combines three effective and proven pest control services into one plan.

A multi-tiered approach works best when spraying. It will provide you the best chance at keeping all types of bugs at bay.

Integrated Pest Management

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe that a combination of approaches is most effective at controlling mosquito populations.

It’s generally known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and employs several strategies, but the foundation of your IPM should be built on eliminating standing water around your home. 

That’s because almost any size container can provide a habitat for mosquitoes to hatch if they remain filled with water for more than a few days. Killing mosquito larvae by draining water before they emerge as adults can reduce or eliminate the need to spray pesticides to kill adult mosquitoes. 

Integrated Pest Management for mosquitoes may also include the following:

  • Keep the water in birdbaths from becoming stagnant.
  • Make sure to cover trash cans to prevent water accumulation.
  • Drill holes in old tires so they’ll drain.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts so water doesn’t collect in them.
  • Flip wheelbarrows over so they don’t fill with water.

Also, keep tall grasses under control. And remember that many naturally-occurring fish are predators of mosquito larvae. Fish of almost any kind will eat mosquito larvae, including goldfish.   

Implementing these tactics in combination with the use of mosquito repellants and pesticides can help keep mosquitoes at bay.

Natural Mosquito Control

If you’d like to avoid chemical insecticides and try a natural mosquito control solution, you can use natural mosquito control.

These treatments both repel living mosquitoes and destroy their nests and eggs in places like standing water. This will allow you to drive away ​ mosquitoes without exposing your family to harmful chemical pesticides. 

Lush Lawn Backyard Mosquito Control System

Eliminating mosquitoes entirely is very hard to do. They can move around quickly, so any control efforts may just be temporary. You may need a team of experts behind you to get the job done.

Lush Lawn can provide you with an effective organic backyard mosquito control system. Our mosquito control treatments will form a barrier around your yard to best protect you and your family from mosquitoes. 

If you’d like to learn more about our mosquito control services, contact us today.

Here Are 6 Diseases That May Affect Trees In Summer in Michigan

We all love the warmth that summer brings, but diseases like to use the heat to spread in trees in summer.  Trees in Michigan are susceptible to this, this time of the year. It’s important that we take care of them because they’re an intrinsic part of the ecosystem and are essential to human beings.

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How To Implement A Natural Mosquito Control Program At Your Home

If you’re wondering about natural mosquito control, you know it’s almost that time of year again when those biting bugs will be buzzing about your yard at dusk. Natural mosquito repellants are safe. And they’re a reliable way to chase away mosquitoes.

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Here Are Some Oak Wilt Treatments To Consider

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when oak trees in Michigan are at high risk for one particular disease. Oak wilt season starts on April 15 and goes through July 15. It’s a serious fungal disease that attacks white oak and red oak trees. And, if not treated, it can kill them within a few weeks of infection. It’s called oak wilt.

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When Should You Apply Tree And Shrub Fertilizer

The dawn of a new growing season is upon us. That means you should begin thinking about using a tree and shrub fertilizer, along with your typical lawn care to-do list. You don’t want to forget about your trees this time of the year.

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A Complete Tree Care Plan Starts In March

In general, most soils in Michigan can provide an adequate nutrient reserve to meet the needs of most trees and shrubs. But it doesn’t hurt to put together a complete tree care plan each year to ensure that they’ll continue to thrive all year round. 

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Types Of Trees In Michigan: Sugar Maple

Sugar maples are one of the most common types of trees in Michigan. It’s known under the scientific name Acer saccharum. It’s probably the most popular maple tree found in yards throughout Michigan. 

So, let’s get to know the Sugar Maple a little better. Let’s see if you’d like to maybe plant one in your yard, or if you have one already, how you can make sure you’re doing everything possible to keep it thriving.

Sugar Maple Facts

If you want a tall tree as part of your landscape, look no further. Sugar Maple trees grow to a mature height of 60 to 75 feet tall and 40 to 50 feet wide. Sugar maples, like most maples, have a naturally beautiful shape which makes them a very low-maintenance tree.

The leaf of a sugar maple tree is 3-5 inches wide and has 5 lobes, with a smooth, curved edge where the leaf of the red maple is jagged.

And the sugar maple tree is also the preferred maple for sap collection. In fact, only North America produces maple syrup, and Michigan ranks seventh in the country with around 82,000 gallons of syrup produced each year.

The Sugar Maple “Helicopters”

The fruit of a sugar maple tree is called a samara. But many people refer to types of trees in Michiganthem as “helicopters’. That’s because of the swirling motion they make as they fall to the ground.  

Maple Tree Diseases

Like many types of trees in Michigan, Maple trees are susceptible to disease. A few of the most common include:

Anthracnose is a common spring disease on maple trees. It can affect red (Acer rubrum), silver (Acer saccharinum), sugar (Acer saccharum), and Japanese (Acer palmatum) maples. Its symptoms include irregular spots and dead areas.

Maple leaf blister displays symptoms somewhat similar to maple anthracnose.

Sapstreak can be difficult to identify. It’s a fungus that infects a tree from the inside. It’s can also be difficult to notice symptoms (like stunted foliage and dieback) right away. The fungus typically enters the tree through damaged areas of the roots.

If you think your tree is suffering from any of these diseases, you should seek treatment right away.

Taking Care Of Your Trees

There are many reasons to want a maple tree in your yard. It’s the type of tree (in Michigan at least) that you want in your yard. Whether it’s the fall coloration, its size, or its uniquely shaped leaves this common tree in Michigan is anything but.

And taking care of them is no easy task. But Safari Tree offers a 7 step tree Healthcare program perfectly designed for Michigan’s four-season climate. Our combination of deep root feeding, fungal spray, and insect control will keep your trees thriving all year long.

What Are Some Common Injuries To Trees In Winter?

It’s not hard to overlook our trees in winter. Once they lose their leaves and the snow starts flying, they can easily be forgotten about. It’s especially true in January and February. But you may not realize that this is the time of year when our trees are susceptible to injury. 

Of course, we’re seeing our heavy snows, sub-zero lows, and high winds like we normally do. But severe weather events cause the biggest issues for trees and shrubs. And to make matters worse, they’re very difficult to capture in long-range forecasts.

So, to make sure that you’re prepared, let’s take a look at some of the things that damage trees in winter. 

Freeze Damage

Ironically, it’s typically when we’re nearing the end of the winter months when the danger really ramps up. One of the first things to worry about is extreme temperature changes.

The most common cause of freezing damage for trees in winter (in Michigan) typically happens in late winter/early spring. That’s when we often experience rapid warmups that increase dehardening followed by a sudden temperature drop. 

This is not only tough for trees to deal with, but shrubs can also feel the effects of rapidly changing temperatures. Just be sure to include your shrubs in your tree care plan to ensure that they survive winter, too.

Heavy Snow Can Break Branches

Those changing temperatures can also cause snowfall to get stickier and heavier, which is not good for tree limbs. Heavy snow causes trees and tree limbs to fall. All of the weight from the snow can cause branches to bend and eventually break. This can lead to power outages or property damage.

Your best defense is to use a broom to knock the snow off of the branches. Shaking the branches to get the snow off can do more harm than good.

Winter Drying

Winter winds can dry out evergreens and cause their needles to lose moisture. If you can’t water them as moisture is being drawn out from the trees living cells, it can result in permanent damage.  

The best way to prevent this from happening is by watering your trees and shrubs adequately in the fall. Mulching will insulate your soil and roots. This will protect them from severely cold weather. Or just get into the habit of planting only hardy species in areas of prolonged exposure, 

Safari Tree Can Help

The safest thing you can do is to hire a tree care professional. They’ll have the experience, expertise, and equipment to safely take down, prune and care for damaged trees. 

Safari Tree offers a 7-step tree and shrub healthcare program that’s designed for Michigan’s ever-changing climate. For more information on how Safari Tree can help keep your yard looking its best, contact us today.