The buzzzzz about (Bees)

There is nothing like looking throughout a garden’s landscape to see these little remarkable machines at work. Their attention to detail and work ethic are unmatched, but sadly their under attack.

According to the USDA, pesticides play a key roll in their demise, as do the Varroa mite, bad weather and starvation. The good news is statistics are showing progress in the right direction. Key factors to this positive news is education. By collaborating with farmers and educated them when to use pesticides has helped bee colonies become less stressed which studies show gives the bees a Fighting Chance.

The Varroa mite, which is a blood sucking parasite that can wipe out a colony in weeks has been a thorn in beekeepers side for decades now. Positive steps have been made in figuring out ways to defeat this little monster, and it starts at the hives entrance. Check link below to see how this process is being accomplished.

http://beecare.bayer.com/media-center/videos/detail/a-new-solution-for-healthy-honey-bee-hives
Bees play a huge role in the economic development of not only our country but the worlds. Farmers across the globe rely on these little workhorses to pollinate crops to ensure a successful bounty at the end of the growing season.

It is my hope that after you read this, you understand the importance that bees play in our ecosystem and that you stop and appreciate them a little more the next time you look through your garden. I end with a resource of trees, plants and shrubs you can incorporate into your landscape to ensure a healthy bee population.

Home exterior Preparations  (Winter)

A home’s exterior if not managed properly can have costly effects throughout the winter months. Ice dams, fallen tree limbs, chimney fires, frozen pipes are just a few costly and potentially dangerous events that can occur during the cold season. Urbanyardology recognizes that all our clients homes are generally the largest investment they’ll ever make. So naturally, we as a company want to make sure you protect that investment. We came up with a list of costly problems that could potentially add to those winter Blues. Remember as a homeowner the works never done.

Gutters– Remove any debris that could prevent water from flowing. This is one step to ensure ice dams don’t occur.

Now if this is out of your comfort zone please hire a professional to do this gutter job for you. Urbanyardology maybe?  😉

Fireplace -be sure to to have it cleaned annually. Built up creosote can lead to fire in your chimney which could easily spread. Many critters can see an opportunity to nest in your chimney which may also have catastrophic results.

Chimney cleaning service

Frozen pipes- make sure to have lawn irrigation blown out before the water in the lines freeze. If you have an unfinished basement without a heat source make sure all pipes are rapped. Be sure to shut off outdoor water spicket from inside basement, then turn on from the outside to rid any excess.

Irrigation Services

Trees-  look up!! Do you see any potential trouble spots like dead limbs over any structure on your property. Stinky snow load and winter winds can bring these down without warning. Protect yourself and your home by having them removed by someone with the right equipment.

Tree Services central Maine

Tree Services southern Maine

Homeowners…keep ahead of potential problems and continue to GROW your home.

Preparing for Fall and Winter

With summer wrapping up, now is the time to start planning for fall.

Some areas to keep in mind for this fall:

Aerating your lawn and feeding it will help the water and nutrients reach the soil for a healthy lawn come spring.

It is also a good time to plant new shrubs and cut back the perennials. Planting shrubs in early fall gives the plants a head start at establishing roots in the season’s cool, moist soil.

Don’t forget your walkways and patio’s!
The fall is an important time to fill in cracks and ensure that your walkway will hold up through Maine’s harsh winter.

UrbanYardology will prepare your yard for fall and winter. We also do seasonal garden design. Weather you want a fall theme or holiday decorations, if it is outside, we do it all!

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