Winter Moth

winter moths  Wondering what those ½ inch pale brown moths are doing hovering in your porch lights or why they are even alive this time of year? They are called winter moth. The male and female winter moths emerge over a period of several weeks beginning in late November and continue through December. During this time, the moths mate and the females lay eggs on the trunks and branches of their host plants.   There is absolutely nothing we can do at this time of year to deter them but just sit and wait until the eggs hatch in early spring. Please take note that these dull brown moths that are just annoyingly in your way as you are trying to get into your front door after a long days work are the dreaded little green inchworm that makes swiss cheese out of your plants early spring.

Lawn Mower Maintenance

lawn mower  We are now in the winter months and your gardens and lawns are moving into their dormant stage. There isn’t much left to do around the yard but to pull out the snow shovels and snow blowers and get ready for another long cold winter. Speaking of power equipment- now is the time to tend to you lawn mower if you have yet to do so, before you tuck it into the garage for a few months. Proper maintenance now leads to less aggravation come spring. Ensure the storage area is cool and dry and cover the mower to keep it clean and protected. Before it gets covered up though, be sure these basic, simple steps are followed to ensure proper winterization.

  • Empty the fuel tank and run the mower until the engine stops from lack of fuel. Prime the engine and start again, when the engine no longer starts, it is sufficiently dry. Change the oil, remove the spark plug. Wipe down the mower- top side and undercarriage. Finally check the blades condition and sharpness. Have them sharpened if necessary.

You now have one less chore on your spring “to do list”!!!

Winter Care for the Wild Birds

bird bath heaterDo you feed the birds?  Cardinals, finches, chickadees and the pesky squirrel?  What do you do for winter supplies?  Do you provide a birdbath for the birds as well?  Wild birds NEED water for their survival just as humans do.  Water is critical in preventing heat stress during the hot summer months, but natural water sources are easier to find for your feathered friends in warmer months.  During the winter months, water supplies dwindle due to freezing temperatures.  Puddles, ponds, birdbaths, even the morning dew has chrystalized.  Providing a heater for your birdbath is a much needed addition to your bird feeding habits and ensures the birds stay around for you all winter long.

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Container Gardening in Winter

Wondering what to do with your window boxes, urns and planters now that the fall has passed?  Look around your yard.  Fresh cut greens and branches can easily transform your planters.  Juniper, Holly, Cedar even Rhododendron branches can be used.  Berries, grasses, white birch twigs, red twig Dogwood branches and seed pods too.  If you are lacking in the plant department you can always buy fresh cut greens at your local garden center or farm stand.   Think about adding Larger Christmas balls and bows to your containers too for a little extra flair and to fill those larger spaces.

Take a look at the below pictures for inspiration or visit our Pinterest page for a whole lot more…  http://www.pinterest.com/scenicroots6a/christmas-containers/

Picking out the Right Tree

We all have our own holiday traditions, whether it is a Christmas dinner, the day you put up your tree or maybe there is a specific ornament that needs to be the first on hung on the tree. We all have our own traditions and everyone is different. Just like the varieties of Christmas trees available on the market these last several years.

Are you interested in something new this Christmas? Take a look at these Christmas Tree varieties – in sizes from adorable tabletop trees to majestic giants – found at your local garden centers and farm stands. Continue reading