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Wednesday
Mar082017

Why Share Your Yard with Pests?

Bothersome is just one of many terms one may use to describe the presence of the dreaded mosquito.  They are particularly annoying for those who enjoy spending the evening outdoors at the pool, puttering in the garden or relaxing on the terrace surrounded by friends and family. 

Aedes mosquito. Photo: James Gathany, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)To make matters worse, mosquitoes spread several diseases when they bite, including the Zika and West Nile Viruses.  Mosquitoes can also transmit heartworm to dogs.  There are various ways to protect your family from these pests.  Repelling them is the most environmentally friendly option with the lowest impact on the environment.  The same repellents also deter fleas and ticks.  Fleas can transfer tapeworms in addition to causing uncomfortable itching from their bites.  Ticks are associated with spreading Lyme Disease to both humans and animals.

Deer tick in microscope. Photo: Ashley Haugsjaa

When there is an infestation, the use of a pesticide on the adult mosquitoes may be needed until the infestation is reduced to a manageable population.  At that time we would switch to repellents.

Spring is coming and if you are looking forward to spending time in your beautiful yard without these annoying pests, you may want to consider a custom tailored program designed by Tree Care of Long Island, a division of Goldberg & Rodler, to repel mosquitoes and other nuisances using environmentally friendly botanical oils. We will let you know if you have hidden breeding grounds on your property by conducting a thorough site evaluation.

Contact us today for a free quote. Call 631-271-6460 or 631-271-TREE.  

 

Written by: Maria Ferrero

Friday
Dec122014

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Gardener in Your Family

Holiday cheer is in the air. Merry Christmas from Goldberg and RodlerAs our days become shorter and a little colder, you know what is coming next, so no moaning or groaning while you are in the middle of holiday shopping.  Now is the time to start strategizing as we lay a fire in our fireplaces and turn up the heat in our homes.  The holidays are about family and friends, and of course presents, lots of presents!  To keep in the gardening holiday fun, check out the gift ideas that our staff at Goldberg & Rodler has come up with for that gardening family member or friend.

Seed Starting

Winter is a great time for going through seed catalogs and planning your flower or vegetable garden.  A gathering basket (wire bottom) or a wicker basket has a duel purpose, one, it makes an excellent container for filling with seed starting goodies, and then it becomes a harvest basket, filling  it with all those vegetables and flowers that will be growing.  Some of the seed starting goodies you can fill it with can be seed starting tray, bag of seed starter soil, gloves, seeds, plant markers, mister water bottle and a book on gardening or a vegetable cookbook. 

Perennial Gardener

If you are gathering a gift for a perennial (that’s the plant that comes back every year) gardener, fill a small red wagon, specifically useful for pulling fertilizer, tools or plants around the garden, full of planting tools.  Metal plant markers with a grease marker so they can label their perennials, pruners, sheep shears, a small digging shovel, gloves, a garden kneeler, butterfly house, a lightweight hose, gardening clogs or boots, and a great perennial gardening book, are some of the things every gardener could use.

Happy Chanukah from Goldberg and Rodler

Organic Gardener

For that organic gardener, what better container to fill up with presents but a rain barrel or composter!  Organic gardening books, certified organic seeds, a bee skep, mushroom growing kit, birdhouse and/or a bat house are some of the presents to fill that container.  There is also the indoor composter that sits on your kitchen counter, so in winter you can still add to the organic garden.  The folding seat that is a tool bag is also very useful too.

Some of the lightweight gifts can also be a gift certificate from Goldberg & Rodler for us to come to your home and walk with you around your garden(s), consulting about what should and could be done.

Written by Mary Catherine Schaefer Gutmann

Wednesday
Nov202013

Benefits of Winter Mulch: From the Desk of Sal Masullo

It has been said many times and it is true, "Timing is everything."

Sal Masullo, working hard to protect his clients' investments.NOW is the time to consider winter mulching. Winter mulch is a little different from regular shredded bark mulch. Winter mulch is an organic compost based mulch that provides many benefits for both new and established plantings. Considering the very dry fall we experienced this year, winter mulch makes even more sense as a simple, inexpensive way to protect the investment you have in your landscape. The root systems of your trees, shrubs and perennials have been under tremendous stress. Winter mulch will protect these roots through the cold days ahead.

 

Just like people, plants require supplementary nutrients. Healthy plants are better equipped to fight off pests, disease and extreme temperatures. The benefits of winter mulch:

          Insulates soil and minimizes the impact of extreme cold temperature on plants and their root system

          Minimizes root disruption from the freeze/thaw cycle by stabilizing soil temperature

          Feeds plants slowly, consistently and organically as it decomposes

          Reduces moisture evaporation from the soil (a key benefit this season)

In short, winter mulch is preventative medicine for your plants. If you would like more information regarding winter mulch or other helpful winter protection for your garden, contact our office and one of our landscape professionals will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Written by Sal Masullo

Friday
May112012

The Taste of Nature

I have a completely organic vegetable garden every summer at my house. It is cheaper than buying vegetables in a grocery store or farmer’s market and I know exactly where my food comes from. In addition, I can grow whatever varieties I want and a tomato from my garden always tastes better to me and my family than the hormone enhanced, genetically modified strains they sell at the store. Store bought veggies grow on factory farms with genetically modified seeds formulated to grow rapidly and have maximum yields. They use manufactured fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides and the end result tastes nothing like what a real tomato should taste like.

It is everyone’s personal choice what to feed themselves and their families, but I know that in my life, with all of the potential carcinogens and toxins just hanging around in everything we use and eat, it is important to me to do what I can to offset those toxins. I also love that I made those veggies happen! I gave them love, care, and then made them into delicious dishes for my family. Below is a recipe from my mom for Gazpacho. It is a delicious cold soup and every year I can make it using just the food in my garden and a few staple kitchen items. I also make a great salsa every summer and that recipe is below with a quick homemade way to make tortilla chips. I know that in this economy everyone wants to save a few dollars. What better way to do it than in your own backyard?


Noreen’s Gazpacho

 

Ingredients:

2 large ripe tomatoes, cored and quartered

1 medium onion, peeled and quartered

1 green pepper, cored, seeded and quartered

1 small clove of garlic

1 cucumber, peeled and cubed

3 cups tomato juice

1/3 cup red wine vinegar

1/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup chicken broth

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

Garlic croutons for top

Instructions: Blend veggies in blender. Add tomato juice and blend again. Pour into large bowl; add vinegar, oil, broth, salt and pepper. Blend well and cover. Chill for several hours and serve.


AJ’s Salsa

Ingredients:
3 large tomatoes, chopped 
2 bell peppers, cored, seeded and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 sweet onion, chopped
3 chives or scallions, chopped
2 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
Lime juice to taste, approx. 3 tbsp
1 jalapeno, minced (seeds = heat, use gloves & wash hands thoroughly 
 

Instructions: Combine all ingredients and chill. Enjoy with tortilla chips or multi-grain pita chips.

 

Homemade Tortilla Chips

Use a pizza cutter to section fresh flour tortillas. Brush with olive oil and season with salt. You can add a little limejuice, too. Lay pieces on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F until crispy.