How to Control Poison Ivy

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Poison ivy is found throughout southern Canada and most ofrepparttar 105435 United States except Alaska and Hawaii. It is readily found along road sides, fences, railroads, and streams. But it can also be found in your own back yard. It is planted there in bird droppings fromrepparttar 105436 birds who eatrepparttar 105437 berries ofrepparttar 105438 plant.

So how does one get rid ofrepparttar 105439 rash producing plant? Here are some tips:

* Poison Ivy control is most effective May through July whilerepparttar 105440 plants are flowering.

* Pulling outrepparttar 105441 plant with rubber gloves is temporarily effective butrepparttar 105442 plants roots will regrow.

* Never burn it asrepparttar 105443 smoke fromrepparttar 105444 burning plant can cause very serious respiratory and eye problems.

Lawn Aeration ó The Cure for Soggy Grass Carpets

Written by Linda Paquette

Just like people do, plants need breathing room. While most plants can getrepparttar air they need fromrepparttar 105429 top, having adequate circulation inrepparttar 105430 soil is critical for growing healthy turf. If youíre noticing that last yearís lawn is this yearís sponge, itís time to rent or purchase a lawn aerator.

Aeration keeps soil clumps from becoming rock-solid bits of earth, helps water to drain throughrepparttar 105431 soil, and removes excess thatch build-up. In addition to benefiting your turf, it also helpsrepparttar 105432 micro-colonies of beneficial organisms that live in your soil to stay healthy.

Although aeration, especially core aeration, is best when done inrepparttar 105433 springtime, you can aerate your lawn any time afterrepparttar 105434 frost is out ofrepparttar 105435 ground.

Before you invest in aeration, you may want to check your lawn for thatch buildup. If you can easily push your finger through your lawn to feelrepparttar 105436 soil, then aeration isnít a necessity. Still, it wonít hurt. Making a habit of yearly aeration keeps your lawn healthy and keeps you ahead of clumping, thatch build-up and poor drainage problems.

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