Message from Jeff…
Watch Out For Yellow Jackets!
Yellow jackets can take the fun out of outdoor gatherings in a hurry. They’re attracted to food items containing sugars, proteins and carbohydrates. Sweet foods and meats are especially enticing to them, and you can often find them hovering around picnic areas and garbage cans where these types of foods have been left behind.
As yellow jacket populations build up in the late summer, simply using a lawn mower or string trimmer can grow risky due to the potential for disturbing an underground nest. These social insects will vigorously defend their nests if they feel threatened, and unlike bees, they’re capable of stinging repeatedly.
Try these tips to discourage yellow jackets from invading your outdoor activities:
• Make sure trash bins stay tightly covered.
• Promptly dispose of empty food and beverage containers, as well as used paper plates and plastic cups.
• Keep any grilled meat and other foods properly wrapped up and out of sight when not in use.
Destroying Nests is Dangerous
Yellow jackets are very aggressive, so it’s usually best to leave their nests alone. Only the fertilized queen will survive through the winter, and she’ll start a new nest in the spring in a different location. The rest of the yellow jackets will die off as cold weather sets in.
Sometimes, however, a nest’s location makes it hazardous enough to warrant destruction. Though yellow jackets usually build their nests underground, nests can also be found under decks, in sheds, and even in the wall voids of homes. These types of nests can be destroyed with insecticides, which should be applied around dusk (when all of the pests are resting inside).
Due to the hostile nature of yellow jackets, you may want to consult a professional for safe and effective control options. Be careful out there!
Irrigation Systems Save Time, Money, Aggravation… and Plants!
Each tree, shrub, vine, flower and grass plant on your property needs adequate water to
survive. When rainfall is scarce, keeping everything sufficiently watered can be a challenge.
We’ve all been there…dragging hoses around, trying to put the right amounts of water in the
right places, and just simply finding the time to do it all can mean that some plants don’t get
what they need.
Without enough water, your plants will suffer, and so will your landscape investment. The
solution for more busy homeowners these days is to install an automatic irrigation system.
Today’s irrigation systems are affordable and efficient. Custom-designed for each property,
these systems use underground circuits and valves to take water right where it’s needed.
Sprinkler head choices vary. Drip heads deliver water slowly and precisely to the bases
of plants. Pop-up heads spray larger areas evenly. Various configurations are available
depending on your specific needs.
Other benefits of an irrigation system include:
• Controllers that
turn the various
circuits on and
off, even when
you’re not home.
• Timers that limit
watering to the
cooler parts of
the day when
less water will
be lost due to
to provide certain
with more or
less water than
on each plant’s
• Rain shut-off
devices and soil
it’s not necessary.
An automatic irrigation system will help to keep your lawn and landscape lush and green
while reducing water waste. It will mean less hassle for you, and less time spent on your