Fall Foliage

By Caileen  |  Wednesday, September 4, 2013  |  , , , , , ,  |  Leave comment

Is still foul foliage…

Dear Friends,identify poison ivy, oak and sumac in the fall

Where did summer disappear to, and how can it be possible that fall is already here? We're just as shocked as you are! We certainly hope you took advantage of the beautiful summer months, and lived your life outdoors to your heart's content! Although we dearly love summer, the fall months do offer an un-matched beauty all their own. As leaves of the various trees that line your streets begin to turn color, so do the leaves of poison oak, ivy, & sumac. It's important that you recognize the plants after their color change, and exercise caution when cleaning up leaves and yard debris this fall. For your viewing pleasure, and reference, we've created a collage of poison oak, ivy, and sumac plants in fall dress (located on the right-hand side of your screen). Assuming you've taken the time to study the fall colors of these noxious plants, let's move on to fall yard tips!

Poison oak, ivy, & sumac yard tips…

  • Wear long sleeves and gloves when cleaning up around the yard.
  • When pulling poison oak, ivy, or sumac plants from the ground, wrap plastics bags around the plants first before pulling them. Old grocery bags work great (reduce, reuse, recycle)!
  • If you'd rather spray to kill your plants, head to your local home/garden store and ask an employee for their recommendation of a plant killer specifically for poison oak, ivy, and sumac.
  • For good measure, wash up with Tecnu or Tecnu Extreme to be sure you've removed any urushiol you may have come into contact with.

Other non-poison oak/ivy related yard tips…

  • Start a compost pile so it will be ready in time for Spring.
  • Prune dead branches on trees and bushes, but save the rest of your pruning for Spring!
  • Till the soil in your garden.
  • Add mulch to protect perennials from cold winter frost!

You never know what may be lurking in your yard, so be prepared as you set out to ready your lawns & gardens for fall and winter. It pays to be careful. Trust us on this one!

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