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“The Revenge of the Acorn”: Lyme Disease Explosion

It is shaping up to be a very bad year for ticks in Redding, Connecticut. The risk of Lyme Disease is higher than ever and the CDC is reporting that a higher percentage of ticks are carrying the Borrelia bacteria spirochetes which cause the disease.  This comes as a surprise to many who thought the…
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Delightful Deer and the Damage They Do

Growing up in Connecticut in the 1970s, the sight of a deer was such a rare event that you would stop your car and get out to take a closer look. Today there are so many deer you have to swerve your car to avoid hitting them. The same is true in many suburbs across…
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A Rose by the Name of Knock Out®

Any gardener will tell you that roses are the star of the garden. Give them the celestial spotlight and they will outperform the rest of the cast. Their gorgeous flowers and sweet aroma will draw you near. But come a little too close and risk the sting of their thorns — a little too complacent…
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Tulip Mania

A customer recently inquired about the price of our tulips. An intriguing question, for what price can we put on beauty? What will we pay to see the first herald of spring? What would we give to gaze upon a field of red and yellow and white? HOW MUCH INDEED! Did you know that there…
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Big Problem: Small Scale

If asked to visualize an insect, you would probably imagine something the size of your fingernail, flying or crawling along the ground. But the insect world is populated by a vast number of species, all with their own wide varieties of shapes and sizes. Some are favorites because of their beauty and, conversely, their rugged…
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Fairfield County Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine

As you may know, Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was detected in Connecticut in July 2012. It has now been found in four counties, New Haven, Litchfield, Hartford and Fairfield. Awareness and concerted action on the part of homeowners, forest associations, nurseries and arbor businesses, is needed to slow or halt the extinction of this tree. As of…
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A Rare Return of the Titan

Timing, they say, is everything. I was in Washington DC recently for business and sightseeing was the last thing on my mind. But shortly after arriving at my hotel I received an urgent text from my wife, “A titan arum is blooming at the US Botanical Garden.” As a certified plant geek, I knew I had to…
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The Trouble with Ticks

Ticks have been the nemesis of  gardeners and outdoor adventurers as long as there have been woods to walk in, so it’s important to understand this life form, get past the creepiness factor and not let it keep you and your children from enjoying the beauty of the natural world.   This article offers information…
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Don’t Fear The Deer

Click the link to hear Sean McNamara discuss deer damage prevention with Lawn & Landscape Magazine. Sean McNamara Lawn & Landscape Interview

Managing Boxwood Monocultures

The boxwood leaf miner is at epidemic levels in Fairfield County. Why? In recent years, everyone has added boxwoods to their landscaping — some almost exclusively. If you live in Fairfield County, Conn. you know the boxwood is one of the few plants the deer will not eat. Unfortunately this desirable feature has made it one…
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