The snow season is approaching fast, as Boise residents like to be outdoors, and this winter here are a couple things you should check out with your friends and family.
Go Dog Sledding
When you hear about dog sledding, you probably immediately think about either Canada or Alaska. But did you know that Idaho has a long history when it comes to dog sledding as well? American Dog Derby is the longest-standing dog sled race that originated all the way back in 1917. It is a two-day event that happens every year in the third week of February.
Many dog sled teams gather to compete in a race that is 55 miles long. There is also a 100-yard Mutt Race for everyone who is interested in competing.
Visit the Hot Springs
There are more hot springs in Idaho than in any other state. Hot springs offer you a great way to keep warm during the cold winter days. You can easily find a lot of hot springs right off the highway. However, if you are one of those people who love to explore, then put on a pair of snowshoes and go on an adventure.
The all-natural Bonneville Hot Springs can be found in the Boise National Forest. It is a beautiful place that stays open throughout the entire winter. You can find the springs approximately one mile from the road, and because there can be a lot of snow on the way, the best solution would be to wear snowshoes.
Visit a Back country Yurt
There is a lot of public and privately owned yurts in Idaho. They can be found all over the state, and they make for a great base camp. These yurts provide access to many miles of a beautiful terrain, first turns for split boarders and skiers, as well as an access to some fresh powder.
Sun Valley Trekking operates six yurts. Each one of these yurts can accommodate anywhere from 16 to 19 people. Some of these six yurts even come with hot tubs. They will also prepare meals for you and use a snowmobile to transport your gear.
You can find another six yurts near Idaho City. They are slightly less luxurious, but that doesn't mean that they are not well-appointed and clean. Make sure to always reserve in advance though. These six yurts are quite popular.
You never know we might just see you out in the Snow. One thing is for sure, we are still open and ready to help this winter with all your needs.
When the New years comes around and you start planning for next spring make sure to give us a call for all your Lawn care and Landscaping needs here in the Boise metro Area.
During the summer and spring, many people can be seen spending a lot of time outside, trying to make their homes look as beautiful as they can. They spend hours planting flowers, pulling weeds and landscaping their front yards. And there is a chance that you do all of this as well.
But, did you know that there are some common mistakes that people make, and that these mistakes could result in attracting a couple of unwanted pests to your home?
However, there is no reason to worry because all that you need are some small, simple changes in order to ensure that rodents and insects are kept away from your home at all times.
Use Some Mulch
Almost any (if note every) nursery or store that sells products for home improvement has a lot of mulch bags available for you to buy, and they are usually available in assorted colors. Wood chips is usually used for making this mulch. If you want to add some curb appeal to your home, then using some mulch is the way to go, and its price is relatively low as well.
Unfortunately, wood mulch is an attraction for many different pests, including termites and carpenter ants. Termites and carpenter ants are known for causing a lot of damage, which can sometimes be measured in thousands of dollars, so you definitely want to keep them away. In order to decrease the chance of pests, instead of using wood mulch, you can use rubber mulch. Not only does the rubber mulch match its wooden counterpart in weed control and appearance, but it also significantly decreases the chance of insects.
Proximity of the Plants
If you take a close look at any shrub or brush in your garden, it is very likely that are going to see a few bugs scurrying along the branches or hiding between the leaves. These insects see plants as shelters and good food sources. Remember not to plant them too close to your home, because if you do, you may find some unwanted insects climbing their way through the windows.
Carefully Choose What to Plant
When choosing what to plant, a lot of people simply pick something that they like based off of appearance alone. But, it is important to remember that there are some herbs and ornamental flowers that can repel insects.
Geraniums are brightly colored flowers that do their part in repelling leafhoppers, mosquitoes and Japanese beetles. They last from spring to early fall, and they come in different colors.
Marigolds are good for repelling aphids, mosquitoes and even rabbits. They are not hard to grow and they can also be used for keeping the worms away from the tomato plants when planted near them.
Rosemary can be used to repel many different kinds of insects that can cause harm to your garden. It can be planted in the ground or in containers and it can be used for seasoning meat and vegetables. Rosemary can also be burned in order to keep mosquitoes away.
Even though these tips can help decrease the pest activity inside and outside of your home, it is likely that the problem will not be entirely solved. And that is where the professionals come in. Hiring a professional is always a good idea.
Here at Safari Lawn Care we can help design a great looking and highly functional landscape. Our lawn and tree fertilization and weed control will ensure you get the best looking vegetation possible. While our pest control treatment will keep your lawn and trees bug and insect free.
When it's emerald green and healthy, your lawn is that element of your homes landscape that usually makes the first impression on visitors. Its charm and beauty is what marks out your home as a huge center of attraction. But when invaded by pest, there is no doubt that it will look quite the opposite.
But the hard part usually has to do with how to combat these pests in a classic rivalry and come out the hero without paying through your nose for it.
Obviously, the only way this can happen is if you know the what pests your up against.
The best time to treat your lawn
To get the best results, it is often recommended to treat your lawn between May until September.
Below are some of the most common lawn pests and how to prevent and treat them.
One reason you should avoid fire ants by all means, is because they are colonial. You don’t want to experience the excruciating pain from their sting. They can turn your lawn into theirs if you give them any chance. Even worse, your lawn will become a danger zone for both people and pets.
You will need a special chemical to get rid of them. In certain cases, you may need to hire a company to completely get rid of them
Just as mosquitoes can attack your health, they can also make your lawn a scary area when you leave them hanging around. Get rid of stagnant water around your lawn as they easily breed in such places.
If they refuse to go, then you should consider hiring a lawn care company to keep them in check.
Grubs are very dangerous pest to lawns. They are larvae of Chafer or Japanese beetle that target and feed on the turf grass roots, usually during spring, summer and early fall.
Even worse, grubs are food for birds and badgers, and as such these creatures can mess up your lawn just to feed on them. This is why you must prevent them at all cost, and act very fast the first instance you notice them.
Whenever you notice some brown patches or wilted grass blades, then it is possible your lawn is under attack by grubs. The easiest way to control them is with nematode treatment.
If you notice your lawn is having a lot of damaged thin grass, especially during spring, then it is possible that leatherjackets are at work. Yellow colored patches might also be an indicator.
Leatherjacket is a bug or more specifically, crane larvae, which eat up the turf roots and stems. Like Grubs, they can be controlled by applying biological nematodes.
You can also apply predator control by allowing birds to feed on them. However, this method puts your lawn at risk, as the birds will probably do a lot of tearing, scratching and digging just to get the bugs.
Chinch bugs are tiny dangerous insects that shouldn't be allowed to wander on your lawn. While feeding on grass blades, they secrete a substance that causes the grass to stop absorbing water. They are most likely to be found at the grass stems.
The common sign that your lawn is being attacked by chinch bugs is when you notice slight traces of purple coloring on the patches of the turf. Eventually these patches become limp and flaccid, with more color changes to yellow and then to brown.
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Lawn care companies are everywhere. They are as many as the bugs in a garden. They come in various forms from those operating with old trucks and trailers, as well as unreliable and outdated equipment, to those with shiny new trucks and equipment as well smart looking workers.
Surprisingly, some of these odd looking companies with old trucks and equipment often provide a great service, while some of the sophisticated guys hardly get the job done.
So, how do you really know which Boise lawn care company is best for you?
Although it's not usually easy considering the huge number of options out there, but the search will become much easier once you know what to look out for.
So, whether it's your first time hiring a lawn company or you are just looking for another service to replace your current provider, below are the four basic things to look out for in order to find the right company.
Focus on Lawn Care quality not price.
Some people often miss out because they always want to do it cheap. They become so focused on getting the cheapest service that they lose sight of what they are actually paying for. So when you are evaluating a potential lawn service company, make sure they can actually do the job, even if it will cost you a couple more bucks.
Of course, this doesn't not mean you should throw your money to any expensive lawn company you come across. High prices do not always mean high quality service. Once a company has a good proven track record, then you can be sure they are worth your money, whether cheap or expensive.
One easy way to know about a company’s reputation is by reading reviews and complaints about the company online
Work with the same Lawn Care technician.
In order to ensure there are no lapses and that your lawn is adequately cared for, it is preferable to have the same technician visiting all the time. This will also allow you to build a strong relationship with the person. However, changes do occur. In such cases, you will be notified by the lawn company.
So make sure the company you are hiring can provide the same technician for your lawn the majority of the time. And if you're not satisfied, you can always request a new technician.
Make sure the Lawn Service is guaranteed.
A guarantee is one way to know to know you can always rely on your lawn company no matter what changes your lawn undergoes. So, make sure you choose a company that offers a guarantee on the lawn services provided.
Boise Lawn Care at its best, can be found right here at Safari Lawn Care, LLC.
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