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Do-It-Yourself Lawn Mistakes

You understand that maintaining a lush, healthy lawn requires a fair amount of effort, and you're not afraid to get your hands dirty, but your hard work does not seem to be paying off. Where are you going wrong? If the lawn at your Florida home or business isn't looking its best despite your best efforts, then one or more of these common, do-it-yourself lawn mistakes may be to blame. Damaging Grass With Dull Blades Dull lawnmower blades don't cut grass neatly; they rip it. Cutting your grass with a dull lawnmower blade leaves it looking ragged. Worse, the resulting damage to the plant makes it harder for your grass to absorb water effectively, and this weakens the lawn and sets the stage for disease. How can you tell if your mower's blade needs sharpening? Look closely at the tops of your grass. If the tips seem torn or shredded, then...
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Mowers and Mowing Tips: Getting the Lawn of Your Dreams

As the spring grass begins to emerge, it’s time to start thinking about warm-weather lawn care. Growing grass stays healthier when you combine the right lawnmower with proper mowing techniques. Which Mower is Best for Your Lawn? Mowers fall into one of two categories: push or riding. Push mowers are ideal for lawns up to half an acre in size. Riding mowers are better for tackling areas of half an acre to two or more acres. These basics give you a starting point from which to choose the right mower for your landscaping needs. Push Mowers Gas mowers are the most common type of push mower. These are best for yards up to about one-third of an acre with mostly flat terrain, but you can get models with higher back wheels to help navigate over obstacles. Electric mowers are also handy on flat lawns, but have less power than gas mowers....
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Three Ways to Prepare for Termite Swarms

Three Ways to Prepare for Termite Swarms The weather will grow warmer soon, and that means one thing for those of us in Sarasota: The termite swarms are coming soon. In the early spring months, termites grow wings, emerge from their underground colonies and begin the search for suitable locations in which to mate. Termites can cause significant structural damage to homes. If you see a termite swarm near your home, it means that a termite colony is nearby. For maximum protection, it is imperative that you have a pest control service inspect your home for signs of a termite infestation. In the meantime, these three tips can help you prepare. 1: Trim Overgrown Brush Termites love shade and moisture -- and overgrown brush provides ample supplies of both. Keep your grass cut short, and trim overgrown trees and bushes. It is especially important to trim overgrown brush near the foundation...
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How To Check For Signs of Termites

How To Check For Signs of Termites Colloquially called silent destroyers, termites may hide in yards and homes for long periods before the damage that they cause becomes apparent. These pests feed on cellulose-based materials, including wood. When a home has an infestation of termites, the bugs can cause substantial structural damage costing thousands of dollars to prepare. It is important for people to check their homes for signs of termites and to take immediate action if they discover signs of their presence. Checking for signs of termites Termites leave behind long mud-like tubes on walls, beams, around chimneys and in crawl spaces. These insects are winged and are between 1/4 and 1/2 inches long. King and queen termites are larger and may be up to 1 inch long. If you see swarms of winged insects in your home or outside near it, you may have a termite infestation. Other signs...
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Pests To Look Out For As Spring Approaches

As the chill of winter gives way to balmy spring weather, various insects and bugs emerge from leaf litter, woodpiles and other sheltered locations. They leave their nests to mate or molt and to search for food and establish new colonies. Their overwintered eggs and larvae also complete the metamorphosis into mature insects. These opportunistic pests can invade your home in search of food, water and shelter. In addition to causing extensive property damage, numerous bugs and insects can pose a serious health hazard to your family. There is a variety of ant species living in Florida. Once inside your home, a colony will grow very quickly. In addition to eating and contaminating your food, some species can transmit pathogens like staphylococcus bacteria through their bites. It is important to identify the species infesting your home so that a targeted approach can be developed. Wood-destroying termites swarm mainly in March and...
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