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Preparing for Fall weather with your pet

The leaves are changing and fall is here, making it a perfect time to take Max, Buddy or Lucy out for a nice long walk before the deep freeze of winter arrives.

Here are a few autumn safety pet tips from the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

  • Animals, even with fur, need extra energy to produce body heat in the colder temperatures. Be sure to provide them with extra food and water so they can adequately fuel their bodies in chilly weather.
  • Make sure school supplies are put away in places cats and dogs can’t reach; colorful markers and glue sticks could become toys chewed by pets, upsetting their stomachs.
  • When hiking in the woods or along nature paths, be wary of snakes warming their bodies on the walking path and make sure dogs don`t eat any wild mushrooms. Although they may look appealing, these mushrooms could be poisonous.
  • Warm car engines are dangerous for cats and small wildlife. Parked cars attract small animals that may crawl up under the hood looking for warmth. To avoid injuring any hidden animals, bang on your car`s hood to scare them away before starting your engine.
  • Antifreeze is a deadly poison but has a sweet taste that attracts animals and children. Wipe up spills and store antifreeze out of reach. Better yet, use antifreeze-coolant made with propylene glycol; if swallowed in small amounts, it will not hurt pets, wildlife or people.

Fall clean up – For your lawn & your car

Fall lawn and landscape clean up

Fall landscaping, for all the work it entails, is something of a celebration. It is a rite of the harvest and a wonderful time to be active in the yard. Make a conscious effort to enjoy the autumn yard to the fullest! But also remember that there’s much work to be done, tasks that will prepare your yard for winter — and for the spring that’s sure to follow.

Common Fall Tasks

  • Overseed Your Lawn
  • Start a New Lawn
  • Rake Up Those Leaves!
  • Put Your Garden to Bed
  • Don’t Let Weeds off the Hook!
  • Plant a Tree, bush or bulbs

Add color for fall into your landscaping with plants that are hardy.

  • Mums
  • Kale
  • Fall cabbage

Now through October 31st, save 20% on new plant installation, call for more details (513) 271-5665.

Car detailing benefits year round

When having a vehicle detailed, it is important to remember to always consider the season that the vehicle will be exposed to in order to ensure maximum protection from the unique problems that can arise in specific seasons.

Fall car detailing

Fall detailing is all about preparing for winter. Since the temperatures are manageable at this time, it is important to add as much protection as possible to the exterior of the vehicle before the first snowfall to ensure you can fight the damaging effects caused by road salt.

For more information on all seasons and the benefits of detailing, visit our website.  Contact us to schedule your detailing!

Getting to the roots of it – Fall Aeration

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Core aeration is a process that removes plugs of grass and soil from the lawn. These plugs can be of variable size, depending on which machine is used, but they are generally around three inches long and ¾ inches in diameter. It is important to understand the difference between core aeration and spike aeration, which is done using narrow spikes pushed into the soil. Spiking your lawn is not very effective, as the holes close up quickly reducing any benefit of aeration. Core aeration plugs have the added benefit of helping level out uneven lawns. They stay on your lawn until they break down, adding a layer of organic matter to your lawn and settling into low areas.

WHEN SHOULD TURF BE AERATED?

Core aeration combined with overseeding is a fine practice, and can be done spring or fall. Fall seeding is generally more successful, because of the warm soil, cool air and abundant rainfall. In either spring or fall, if the rains do not appear, be sure to water your lawn daily to keep those germinating seeds moist.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Right after aeration your lawn will be dotted with small plugs pulled from the soil. About 7 to 10 days after aeration, the holes will be filled with white, actively growing roots. These roots are a sign that the turfgrass is responding to additional oxygen, moisture and nutrients in the soil from the aeration process. Don’t expect miracles from a single aeration, particularly on lawns growing on extremely poor soils. Lawns that receive this care will be healthier, more vigorous, easier to maintain and have fewer pest problems.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CORE AERATION?

  1. It helps the lawn’s health and vigor, and reduces maintenance requirements.
  2. It keeps thatch under control and reduces the need for expensive renovations.
  3. It creates growth zones in the soil that better capture air, water and fertilizer putting them within easy reach of turf roots.

For more information on lawn care, and to schedule your aeration, contact us via email or call (513) 271-5665.

Safely exercising your pets in the summer heat

Our Ohio summer is here, hot and humid.  We’ve been pretty lucky with our summer heat (minus all the rain!).  Keeping your pets active and comfortable in the summer heat is important.

Besides trying to keep your pet cool inside in the air conditioning, I’ve pulled together some helpful tips and a few yummy cool treat recipes to help keep your pooches cool!

DO….

Take your dog to the lake or stream for a swim. (On leash for safety)

Go on walks or hikes in the early mornings or late in the day.

Take shorter walks or hikes, find shaded trails or locations to walk.  Your dog won’t need much exercise when they are hot.

Make sure you have plenty of water for your dog and you.

Get your dog’s hair cut shorter in the summer, if their coat allows.

Use sunscreen on your dog if he has very short hair.

DON’T….

Leave your pet in your car; it’s like an oven even for a few minutes

Walk or run on pavement – its very hot on their pads.

Cool Summer Treats….

Homemade Dog Ice Cream

Frozen Kong Treats

Peanut Butter Banana Yogurt Treats

For more hot weather treats, check out our Dog Treat board.

Fresh veggies are here!

Despite the crazy summer weather we’ve been having, our Farmers Market is finally ready to open!

Stating this Thursday, Friday and Saturday you can get farm fresh produce from us at the store.

This week we will have at least the following: (hopefully more!)

  • Silver Queen and Bi Color corn
  • Indiana melons
  • Eggplant
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash

We are hoping to have tomatoes and green beans as well, but unsure as of now.  We will update the list once we know.

Now that the weather has calmed down (no more rain, please!) we hope to have more produce available for next week as well.

Is your garden flooded too? UGH! Here’s some helpful tips for saving it.

If you’re like us, all this rain has done a real number on your vegetable gardens, flooded aisles, blown over corn, the list goes on and on.  Oh, and sinking to my ankles in mud is not my idea of ‘tending to the garden’ either.

Looking for some help from the wrath of Mother Nature I came across 9 Vegetable Gardening Tips Following a Heavy Rain, from the VeggieGardener.

Here are the nine tips, check out their full post for more info.

9 Vegetable Gardening Tips Following a Heavy Rain

  1. Survey any plant damage
  2. Try to avoid walking right next to the plants while the soil is still saturated
  3. Check for any exposed roots due to soil erosion
  4. After a heavy rain you may need to replenish nutrients
  5. During the storm (or soon after) look for areas that may be draining poorly
  6. Eliminate possible slug or snail hiding places
  7. Keep an eye on emerging weeds
  8. Empty any containers that have collected water
  9. Keep and eye out for fungal or bacterial diseases

Do you have tips on taking care of your garden after storms, please share them!

-The Louiso Family

Dog Food Recalls | July 2015

Lucky for us and you our customers, these are not products we sell but feel its important to share with our customers!

If you have not subscribed to get Dog Food Recall alerts, I would recommend subscribing to our blog, as we will be keeping the recalls updated along with other helpful information for pets, livestock, gardening.etc.

I and Love and You Dog Treats \ Recalled

Vital Essentials Dog Food \ Recalled

Stella and Chewy’s Dog Food \ Recalled

Boulder Dog Food \ Recalled

We care about your pets just like our own!

– The Louiso Family

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