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Tick Life Cycle & Feeding

Ticks go through 4 life stages: egg six-legged larva eight-legged nymph adult After hatching, ticks must eat a blood meal at every stage to survive. They can feed on mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Most ticks prefer to have a different host animal at each stage of their life, as shown below: How ticks find their hosts: Ticks find their …

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Tick Season is Here. Protect Your Pets Organically.

Long Islanders reported an unusually high number of tick bites last year. Many pet owners noticed a marked increase in fleas and ticks on their cats and dogs. According to Cornell University, the rise was due to a long winter- snowfall insulates the overwintering ticks.   (Long winter… that sounds familiar- oh right it just snowed last week!) Unfortunately, this …

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Are your plants buried?

The thousands of inspections our Certified Arborists have done over the decades reveal to us one thing: A leading causes of dise-ease, insect damage or death is “buried” plants! Planting too deep or piling on too much mulch is a death sentence for trees. Knock it off! Sustainable plant care means looking out for the long-term health of your trees …

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Long Island’s Harmful Toxic Chemical Pesticide Use

Between Suffolk, Nassau, and the five boroughs, we have more pesticide applied every year than the rest of the Empire state. A 2002 DEC/Suffolk county department of health study disturbingly reports that fifty one percent of private wells are contaminated with pesticides or pesticide related chemicals. Storm water runoff also sends pesticide laced fresh water into the estuaries and bays …

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Sustainable Lawns: Our Goal is “Do Nothing”

U.S. homeowners spent approximately $40 billion last year maintaining their lawns. We’re grass-obsessed and hooked on seed, sod and chemicals. Think of how that money could be spent instead! The problem with the “perfect lawn” is that it wreaks havoc on both your wallet and the environment. Much of that money goes to products that “help” grass only in the …

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What is “Organic” Anyway?

“The Earth is what we all have in common.” – Wendell Berry The word “organic,” as we use it here, comes from organic agriculture. The ideas and methods of organic agriculture have been developed over the last 60 years through a rich exchange among farmers, researchers and activists all over the world. The mission of our Organic Land Care Program …

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Earthworm Benefits in Organic Lawns.

It will be difficult to deny the probability that every particle of earth… has passed through the intestines of worms. – Charles Darwin One of the cheapest and easiest ways to keep your lawn green is to keep it full¬†of earthworms! Throughout the course of one day an earthworm can dethatch your lawn,¬†distribute water, fertilize your lawn, and prevent lawn …

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Keep Our Water Clean.

In Suffolk County we rely on our groundwater, a sole source aquifer, to provide all of our drinking water. Anything we do on the land impacts the quality and quanity of our groundwater, especially the way in which we care for our lawns. Most lawn-care chemicals have the potential to contaminate underlying groundwater based on their physical and chemical characteristics. …

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Planning a Garden? Plant Native!

When thinking about what to plant, consider that hundreds of the finest shade and ornamental species evolved right here in the American Northeast. They have survived thousands of years of climate extremes, they have reached equilibrium with their environment, and most of them learned long ago how to cope with native pests or they would not still be here. This …

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A New Year’s Proposal

After reviewing results of your 2014 plant care applications, we created a new proposal for a strategy in 2015. Check the mail, your new proposal may have already arrived. Careful consideration and our organic mandate guide us in each of our suggestions. Once you’ve received and reviewed your new plant care proposal, please sign a copy and mail it in …

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