Preparing for Tick Season

Weather records were broken in Connecticut today. The high at Bradley Airport reached almost 74 degrees. Though this weather is beautiful, it forecasts a terrible tick season. Valley Green offers many varieties of tick repellent at our stores. Preparing for tick season on a golf course, client’s lawn, or a city park can be challenging. Ticks carry diseases such as Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. Do yourself a favor and prepare when venturing out in this spring. We have some ideas on getting the jump on these pests before it gets too bad.

Preparing for tick season

  • Spray the lawn! Do not forget the perimeter of the house, under decks, and patios, porches, and playscapes.
  • Cut the client’s grass low. Ticks prefer taller grasses.
  • Remove leaf litter piles and brush. Ticks love to hide and breed in these piles once the snow melts.
  • Apply deer repellent. Deer are a frequent carrier of the ticks that spread Lyme Disease.
  • Remove bird baths. Birds also carry ticks and attracting them will also bring ticks.
  • Prune trees and shrubs. Ticks are less likely to be attracted sunny areas.
  • Don’t overwater your grass. Ticks are more attracted to moist areas.

Valley Green was founded by Charles Dooley in 1990. Headquartered in Holyoke, Massachusetts, we have grown to seven branch locations supported by inside & outside sales associates specializing in turf seed, sod production, golf sales, turf maintenance, nursery production, agriculture and arboriculture. The average green industry tenure at Valley Green is well over 20 years per associate!

Valley Green, Inc. • 642 S. Summer Street • Holyoke, Massachusetts 01040 • 1.800.862.0089

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