You Can Have a Mosquito Free Yard

Written by Sarah Yee

In addition torepparttar fact that mosquitoes are both annoying and cause some level of discomfort when you’re unfortunate enough to berepparttar 105422 entree on their daily menu, they also carry disease which can affectrepparttar 105423 animal, bird and human populations. In order to keeprepparttar 105424 possibility of such a fate to a minimum, you’ll need to initiate steps to control these pests inrepparttar 105425 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 avoidrepparttar 105426 accumulation of leaves and other objects that might form a blockage. When this happens, water can accumulate and offerrepparttar 105427 irresistible temptation for mosquitoes to breed. This is especially true in those climates which experience autumn, since fallen leaves are abundant andrepparttar 105428 foliage is often damp due to rain.

Children’s wading pools can berepparttar 105429 equivalent of a spa for mosquitoes. Be sure to emptyrepparttar 105430 pool at least once each week and refill it with fresh water, ifrepparttar 105431 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 asrepparttar plantain lily, own so many distinctive characteristics that it’s difficult to pinpoint which of them has pushed it ahead ofrepparttar 105420 day lily (Hemerocallis) asrepparttar 105421 most sought after herbaceous perennial forrepparttar 105422 home garden inrepparttar 105423 US.

A low maintenance plant, shade tolerant, and hardy in zones three through nine, there are currently over 2500 species of hostas available. Native torepparttar 105424 Orient, hostas were first imported to Europe inrepparttar 105425 late 1700’s and made their way acrossrepparttar 105426 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 onrepparttar 105427 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.

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