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Landscaping & Garden Trends 2014

New garden trends, lawn trends, and landscaping trends as predicted by green industry experts. Including drought tolerant plants, simple and elegant containers, and gardening for the greater good.

Scale Pests: What are they and How to Manage

A scale is an insect that can cause serious damage to plants depending on the type. Most people do not identify scale as insects because the females and nymphs are wingless, immobile, and usually have no sign of a defined body or head. An adult male scale is tiny delicate insects with one pair of wings that are rarely seen. They only live for a few hours as they do not feed.

There are several types of scale and identification is important to determine which insecticide is the best to use and which is safest for the natural scale predators. Using the wrong insecticide could kill off the predators and increase the population of the scale colony.

January Outdoor To Do List

January is a great time to focus on your indoor houseplants since there is not a lot going on outside:

3 Simple Ways to Protect your Plants from Winter Damage

St. Louis winters can bring us thick snow, dangerous ice storms, and heavy winds. Lucky for us, we can just move ourselves indoors and stay warm. Our plants, however, need special care to prepare them for the harsh winter weather.

Here are 3 simple ways to protect your plants from winter damage:

Deer and Vehicle Collisions in Wildwood and Chesterfield

Why did the deer cross the road?

Well, depending on the time of year, it could be for one of several reasons.

Every day, deer travel from their bedding to feeding areas. Deer prefer different food sources that mature at different times of year including wild plants, berries, fruit and nut bearing trees. They also move into areas of recent harvest to eat tender crops left behind. Many times this movement necessitates that they cross a roadway, and in areas like St. Louis County where many communities are spread out over a wide area, yet still offer pockets of suitable habitat, this is especially prominent.

Deer-vehicle collisions are highest between October and December. This is due to the mating season for deer which peaks in November, so that their fawns can be born in spring - giving their young the best chance of survival.

2 Good Reasons to Prune in the Winter

Many people see the immediate benefits of trimming and pruning their trees and shrubs during the growing season. But, this type of pruning encourages new growth, which is not typically desired going into a cold St. Louis winter.

However, there are two good reasons to prune in the winter.

November Outdoor To Do List

This November, make sure you cross of all your outdoor duties to put your lawn and landscape to bed for the winter season. Here are some reminders:

Four Fall Plantings for a Beautiful Spring Landscape

Do you suffer from spring landscape envy? Does it seem like every time the weather starts warming up from winter, your neighbors have bursts of colorful blooms in their garden and you don't? Fall plantings must take place months prior to spring so that you can reap the rewards after the chilly months.

Dowco's Tree & Shrub Program

You've invested thousands of dollars in your landscaping. It adds to the value of your property and provides a place to reflect, relax and entertain. The most expensive components of your landscaping are your ornamental trees and shrubs. Dowco’s Tree & Shrub program will help protect your investment with applications designed to help your landscape thrive!

Winter Car Safety

‘Tis The Season

No one will call ahead to warn us

“By the way, I am going to slide into you and knock you off the road half way to work this morning.” Or, “Hey, my crystal ball says you’re going to have a flat tire at 5:36 this evening.”

These things are called accidents and blindsides because we can’t see them coming.

So- let’s plan for and expect that they will happen; on a short trip out to grab some milk and we didn’t grab any extra clothes or even a pair of gloves.

We've all heard the basic tips on winter car safety – but do we really do them?

Just a reminder to check the tires, fluids and grab some gloves!

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