To quote a widely popular book and TV series, Game of Thrones, 'winter is coming' and Ohio's wildlife are preparing for the frosty temperatures in a variety of different ways. Some animals are preparing winter dens while some are still in search of a winter resting place. Others animals are entering their mating season, and some have already started the long journey south to warmer climates.

Many gardeners don't plant summer blooming bulbs because of the challenges and the work associated with digging and storing them for the winter. However, it can be done relatively easy by following some simple tips.

Tis the season to enjoy the changing of the canopies, and begin enjoying this transformation of trees and shrubs. From brilliant reds, to magnificent maroons, to stunning yellows, and every color combination in between, trees provide a natural beauty in ones woods, landscapes, parks and natural areas.

Have you noticed pines or arborvitae dropping needles this month? Don't rush for a cure just yet, because what may be confused as disease or stress could actually be a natural phenomenon known as seasonal needle drop. This occurs when older needles turn yellow or brown, then shed from the plant at varying ages, depending on the plant.

While WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus) provide abundant recreation opportunities for hunters and wildlife watchers, they can unfortunately cost us millions of dollars every year through deer-vehicle collisions. So listen up motorists, now is the time when deer are on the move and extra caution is advised when out on the roadways.

Pruning can be done to achieve many goals in the landscape such as encouraging flowering; directing overall shape; managing pest problems; thinning; and rejuvenation just to name a few. No matter what your goal may be, the appropriate timing for “making-the-cuts” will help determine the optimal time to prune.

Fall is an important time in landscape maintenance. Many pest problems and diseases encountered this season may survive until next season on or in plant debris.

While most wildlife is winding down in preparation of winter, Ohio's WHITE-TAILED DEER (Odocoileus virginianus) population is winding up as their breeding season approaches. Bucks are completing their antler growth, which occurs roughly from April through August, and are ready to start polishing them up in order to attract a mate, or several mates, as is the case with deer.

The RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD (Archilochus colubris) has been migrating through Ohio for the past month and we may continue to see hummingbirds passing through into October. Hummingbird migration can sometimes last into November. Homeowners often wonder when they should take their hummingbird feeders down for the year

Landscapes are big investments that sometimes make us dig into our pockets deeper when pest and disease problems arise. When these plant health issues arise many times a visual investigation of the plant is just not enough and requires a skilled diagnostician to provide diagnostic and support services in the identification of plant diseases and insect related problems.


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