You Can Have a Mosquito Free YardWritten by Sarah Yee
In addition to fact that mosquitoes are both annoying and cause some level of discomfort when you’re unfortunate enough to be entree on their daily menu, they also carry disease which can affect animal, bird and human populations. In order to keep possibility of such a fate to a minimum, you’ll need to initiate steps to control these pests in home environment.
Water that accumulates in tires, buckets and other types of outdoor containers provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Your yard should be carefully inspected for any signs of pooled water that might attract these insects. It doesn’t take much to entice mosquitoes to hang around, once they’ve found a swampy area that they can call home.
Gutters should be checked on a regular basis, in order to avoid accumulation of leaves and other objects that might form a blockage. When this happens, water can accumulate and offer irresistible temptation for mosquitoes to breed. This is especially true in those climates which experience autumn, since fallen leaves are abundant and foliage is often damp due to rain.
Children’s wading pools can be equivalent of a spa for mosquitoes. Be sure to empty pool at least once each week and refill it with fresh water, if pool is in constant use. When it’s not being used, empty and dry it thoroughly and store it indoors – within a storage shed, basement, garage or other structure that can accommodate its dimensions.
Hostas – Plantain Lily Written by Linda Paquette
Hostas, commonly known as plantain lily, own so many distinctive characteristics that it’s difficult to pinpoint which of them has pushed it ahead of day lily (Hemerocallis) as most sought after herbaceous perennial for home garden in US.
A low maintenance plant, shade tolerant, and hardy in zones three through nine, there are currently over 2500 species of hostas available. Native to Orient, hostas were first imported to Europe in late 1700’s and made their way across Atlantic in mid 19th century.
One interesting fact about hostas is that they don’t reach full maturity until between their fourth and eighth year. Moreover, with each season hostas clumps become larger and wider, colors become more intense and leaf patterns acquire wider variegations, dimples, and other traits like seer suckering.
Grown primarily for foliage, hostas leaves may be either solid in color or variegated and are enough to add a rainbow to any garden with colors that include white, ivory, gold, green and even blue. Moreover, a single cultivar may exhibit striking differences in its foliage, depending on amount of sun it receives.
In addition, hostas bloom in summer with lavender to white lily-like flowers on tall spikes. Those hybridized from Hosta plantaginea not only carry 6-inch long white flowers but add a delicate fragrance to your flower garden as well.