SPRING H O M E
& G A R D E N FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010
T RI -C OUNTY S HOPPER WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
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SPRING HOME & GARDEN
TRI-COUNTY SHOPPER â€˘ WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
You can protect your produce and the environment with natural pest control (ARA) â€” Gardening is good on so many levels, from the benefits of exercise in the outdoors and the opportunity to share special time with loved ones to having total control over the healthfulness of the vegetables you put on your familyâ€™s plates. But gardening can also be frustrating and futile if you fail to protect your produce from voracious wildlife. No matter how environmentally conscious we strive to be, no one relishes the idea of their lovingly raised produce winding up in the bellies of deer, rabbits, groundhogs, moles, voles and other animals. â€œWhether your garden is a large backyard plot, a medium-sized raised bed or some simple containers on your balcony or deck, foraging wildlife will be happy to visit and dine there unless you take steps to urge them to go elsewhere,â€? says James J. Messina of Messina Wildlife Management. Yet environmental awareness is an essential element of good gardening â€” and one of the reasons why you decided to grow your own fruits and vegetables. You care about what goes into the environment, so your pest control efforts need to be effective but environmentally friendly. So messy, dangerous chemicals that may put your family, pets
garden once the foraging begins.â€? Messina offers some tips for recognizing what animal is causing damage to your garden and landscape: â€˘ Deer: A single deer can eat about 12 pounds of foliage in a single day. Examine half-eaten plants closely. If the bite marks have a jagged, rough edge they were likely made by deer, whose lack of incisors mean they have to tear at food sources. â€˘ Rabbits: Bunnies will eat vegetables and even damage woody landscape plants. Rabbit damage is usually no higher than 2 1/2 feet above the ground, with sharp cuts at 45-degree angles on plants. â€˘ Groundhogs: These burrowers can move a lot of dirt in your backyard. Look for burrow holes The most effective organic pest repellents target the very reasons wildlife love produce and flowers â€” taste and smell. with mounds of dirt To get the most out of and the environment at traditional chemical repel- Management, make your nearby, and vegetation your organic pest repelrisk are out for you. lents, and will be kinder to produce and flowers taste eaten off at ground level. and smell bad to potential lents, itâ€™s important to â€œThere are a number the animals and environYou may also see gnawpests, yet are inoffensive to correctly identify what of non-chemical ways to ment, too.â€? ing or claw marks on and safe for humans. type of pests might visit The most effective protect your produce from woody vegetation. Whatâ€™s more, the prodyour garden. â€œIdeally, you organic pest repellents are pests, including traps and â€œYou can protect your should start using products produce and the environucts wonâ€™t harm animals, those that target the very fencing,â€? Messina says. like Deer Stopper deer rereasons wildlife love home- but will simply convince â€œMost are labor-intensive, ment at the same time,â€? grown produce and flowers them to look elsewhere for pellent or Groundhog Stop- Messina says. â€œSimply often ineffective and do per before the pests start food based on instinctive â€” taste and smell. Most little to prevent new pests choose organic products munching on your produce that use the animalsâ€™ own taste and scent aversion. animals judge the qualfrom moving in once the They wonâ€™t wash off in the and flowers,â€? Messina says. instincts against them, and ity of a food source based current ones move on. â€œBut it may not always be rain and only need to be on taste and smell. Some To effectively drive off you can avoid sharing the easy to know what to spray fruits of your gardening organic pest repellents, like reapplied every 30 days resident pests and deter for before it shows up, and labor with critters without to remain effective. Visit the 100 percent organic, new ones, an organic pest itâ€™s not always easy to iden- compromising your enviwww.messinawildlife.com OMRI-certified products repellent can be as effectify whoâ€™s dining in your to learn more. from Messina Wildlife tive, if not more so, than ronmental conscience.â€?
Bring on the birds - turn your backyard into an avian oasis (ARA) â€” Who doesnâ€™t love spring? Flowers bloom, trees bud and bright songbirds return to the area. The renewed resurgence of radiant life may make you want to get in on the action. But if gardeningâ€™s not your thing and you just donâ€™t see yourself as the type to go on a long outdoor hike, you can still engage in springâ€™s revelry and bring beautiful birds to your own backyard. Convincing songbirds and favorites like hummingbirds to visit your yard is as simple as providing them with plentiful sources of food, water and nesting material. Hummingbirds, while not great singers, are among the most intriguing and adorable birds to watch.
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