Tim Daly

They interfere with outdoor activities and can also be vectors for several diseases. Malaria, yellow fever and dengue fever are problems in other parts of the world. In our area, West Nile virus and encephalitis are troublesome although only a small number of individuals are affected each year. Mosquitoes cannot be totally eliminated from the property, but their populations can be reduced to where they are not as bothersome.

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Many homeowners frequently encounter areas in their landscapes that have poor drainage and are continuously wet. The excessive rain over the past year has increased the severity of this problem.

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English Ivy Cover

In our landscapes, many of the plants are not native to the United States. They were brought here from other parts of the world for a variety of reasons. Although most are not troublesome, some of these plants have the potential to overtake native ecosystems.

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Many homeowners have lawns being overtaken by moss.

Many homeowners have lawns being overtaken by moss. Its presence indicates the cultural conditions of the lawn are not appropriate for the growth of a healthy strand of grass. If your lawn has areas with moss, carefully evaluate the site conditions and your turf care practices.

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Fire ants  can inflict painful stings

Anyone who has come into contact with fire ants knows they can inflict painful stings. Sometimes a person can step in a fire ant nest and not even be aware of it until the ants start stinging.

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Containers can be used to grow a variety of plants within a limited amount of space in places where traditional gardening is difficult

If you lack the space for a traditional garden, consider using containers as an alternative. They are suitable even on the smallest patio or porch. Containers can be used to grow a variety of plants within a limited amount of space in places where traditional gardening is difficult. 

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