The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care
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The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care

There are many reasons why people choose to plant trees on their property, which include to improve the appearance of the landscape and to provide shade. It's often necessary for homeowners to contact a tree service to trim their trees, care for diseased trees and to remove trees. We aren't affiliated with tree service professionals but we think homeowners should understand the importance of tree specialists and why their services are needed. We researched tree care and talked to professionals in the tree service industry to obtain the information we needed for this blog. As you read these articles, you'll learn when it's necessary to contact a tree service to maintain and care for your trees.


The Importance of Tree Services for Maintenance and Care

Tips For Tick Control In Your Own Backyard

Lynn Lee

When you go hiking in the woods or in a meadow with long grass, you expect to have to watch out for ticks. You take precautions like wearing long pants and checking your body over after you get back to the car. When you spend time in your own yard, however, you don't want to have to be so cautious. Of course, you should always be generally aware of ticks and the possibility of their presence, but if you take the steps above to control the population of ticks in your yard, you won't have to be quite as vigilant otherwise.

Keep the grass mowed

People with larger properties sometimes only mow the yard area around their house and leave the rest of the grass to grow long. This strategy may save you time, but it also invites ticks. They love tall grass. By keeping all of your grass mowed short, you will greatly decrease the number of ticks on your land. 

Spread wood chips along the borders of woods

If your property backs up against a wooded area, then you need to take measures to keep the ticks that are in the woods from migrating into your grass. An easy way to do this is to create a barrier of wood chips or wood mulch along the edge of the woods. Most experts recommend that this barrier be at least three feet wide for the greatest impact. Make sure you replenish the wood chips as they break down. Many tree care companies will deliver wood chips if you ask.

Clean up fallen leaves and other debris

Do not leave leaf litter on your grass during the fall; clean it up every two or three weeks, rather than waiting until the end of fall and doing it all at once. Ticks like to live and reproduce in leaf litter, and the longer you let it sit, the more ticks you will get. Burn your leaves, or have your local service pick them up rather than letting them decompose in a pile, which could also attract ticks. Similarly, clean up any lingering leaf litter and debris early in the spring before the weather warms up.

If you take the three big actions described above, you should have a lot fewer ticks on your land. It will still be wise to keep an eye out for ticks after spending time in your yard, but you won't have to be nearly as concerned. 

For additional help with ticks, contact a lawn service that offers tick control.