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8 Helpful Tips To Prevent Tick Bites

With summertime approaching here in Maryland, more outdoor play, hiking, gardening and other outdoor activities are on the horizon. Unfortunately, tick bites are also growing more likely. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 300,000 people each year in the United States catch Lyme disease.

At Royal Greens, we are proud to offer our very own tick control services. But there are also ways for you to help yourself avoid these nasty critters, beyond the old-standby advice to “cover up and avoid tall grass”. From wood chips to a quick ride in the dryer, here are 10 ways to avoid tick bites. Continue reading 8 Helpful Tips To Prevent Tick Bites

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The Best Time for Lawn Seeding and Aeration

Well Marylanders, it is that time of year again. We need to talk about planting grass seeds.

Seeding should be done during the fall season but can be done from now until mid-October. For best results, seeding should be done during September. This time of year provides warm soils and a good environment for the seeds to germinate properly. This also prevents growth of weeds that could overgrow or destroy your grass. Continue reading The Best Time for Lawn Seeding and Aeration

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Summer Disease Warning!!

Due to hot and humid weather, we are seeing a higher than normal amount of Brown Patch Disease in lawns. Brown Patch is a disease that affects most grass types in our area. Tall Fescues show the most resistance but still can be affected. The appearance of Brown Patch is that of a burnt look with oblong patterns typically in sunny areas of the lawn. Brown Patch will start out as small circular areas but as they grow and run into one another they get their oblong shape. They can also be found in shaded areas in bad infestations. The disease takes hold on a lawn once nighttime temperatures are above 60 degrees and daytime temperatures are between 70 and 90 degrees. Then all that needs to happen is for the grass blades to stay wet for 10 12 hours. This usually happens during overcast periods after rains or heavy dew. Continue reading Summer Disease Warning!!

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Bagworm Alert!!

We have started noticing bagworm activity in our area. Bagworms feed heavily on evergreens such as Leyland Cypress, Arborvitae, Spruces, and other plant types. These insects have been known to fully defoliate an entire tree. Even though they have the name bagworm, they don’t start out with a bag. They build a bag around them using silk they produce and plant material from the plant they are on. This is good for the bagworm but bad for us. Not having a bag surrounding them means that they are vulnerable to insect sprays and predatory insects and birds. Continue reading Bagworm Alert!!