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Summer is on the way, and we all know what that means; outdoor fun, get-togethers with friends and family, and bugs! Bugs are a big downside to the arrival of summer and can really dampen your outdoor experience. While they do have their place in the ecosystem, they can be annoying and even cause you pain and itchiness when they bite. Many people do their best trying to get rid of these ridiculous pests to no avail. However, did you know there are simple ways that can help you lower the amount and even prevent bugs in and around your yard?

Ways To Prevent Bugs

#1 Turn Your Yard To A Bird Haven

Birds are one of a few natural predators to bugs. Hanging bird houses and bird feeders can attract them to your home. Since birds include bugs as a part of their diet, they can reduce the population of bugs in your back yard. Another natural predator of bugs is bats! There are also houses you can build and set to make your yard hospitable to bats as well, giving you a double dose of bug prevention.

#2 Bug Repellent Garden

Did you know plants can defend your home against bugs? Certain plants like citronella, marigolds, catnip and more give off oils and scents that prevent bugs from loitering around them. With clever planning, these plants can go to work repelling the pests and giving you a gorgeous garden to look at.

#3 Remove Standing Water From Your Yard

This is a crucial step in your wish to prevent bugs. Make sure all sources of standing water are eliminated. Bugs adore standing water as it makes an ideal breeding ground, especially for mosquitoes. This may mean water after a rain or water that pools in the plate under your plant. Pour out or dispose of the sources promptly through a drain to prevent bugs from spawning around your home.

#4 Keep Your Yard Neat

That's right, even unkempt grass can allow bugs to take over! High grasses and unkempt shrubbery can create an ideal home for bugs, allowing them to live in your lawn and attack at will. With maintenance and lawn care, not only will your lawn look great, but you'll prevent bugs from finding a home in your yard.

#5 Don't Leave Food In The Yard

Set the scene: You're having some friends over for dinner on your patio. When you are setting up, make sure you cover all of your food. While some of the food may smell delicious to your guests, it will also smell delicious to pests. Ensuring everything has a cover will prevent bugs from getting into the food and give your friends more time to enjoy the spread.

Call Today

MDM Landscapes provides quality lawn care services for your home in Granbury, TX, Aledo, TX, and the surrounding area. If you're ready to get your lawn ready for summer and prevent bugs from taking over your lawn, give us a call today at (817) 944-4883.
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Top Gardening Trends for 2017

Already getting started on your new garden plan for this coming spring? It is never too early to get your lawn and garden ready for the upcoming seasons. At MDM Landscapes, we love helping our community get their lawns prepared and landscapes designed. We keep up on all of the latest gardening trends. Here are the top trends for 2017!

Our Favorite Trends For Your Garden
#1 Color Blocking
Color blocking is using contrasting colors to make a vivid and interesting look. Whether by having contrasting flowers in your garden bed or by adding a splash of color through garden features, this can take your garden to the next level.

#2 Locally Sourced
For the trendy and ecologically minded gardener, finding native plants to your climate is making a comeback. Whether it is to match the changing weather or to bring a touch of local pride to your garden, local sourcing is a great gardening option.

#3 All Natural
Natural stone as a feature or styling option in your garden can give it a style all its own. Natural stone is an ever popular choice for gardens, lending a down to earth feel every time.

#4 Blending of Styles
Traditional or modern? Japanese garden or all roses all the time? The popular thing to do is combine your favorite gardening styles to a unique and beautiful arrangement all your own. This will catch your neighbor’s eye and lend your personal style to your flora.

Looking to get your ground ready for your spring garden? MDM provides fertilizer and landscaping solutions for you. Call us today at (817) 944-4883 to get started.
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Looking to landscape your yard? Have you considered hardscaping? Unlike a softscape of grass and plants, a hardscape is one that features materials such as stone, concrete, walls, fencing, and even water features. If you like the look of these details,…

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If you are looking to boost the health of your lawn, soil aeration is a great way to improve soil and the root growth of your grass. We’ll go over the basics of soil aeration and how it benefits the look and health of your lawn. Why aerate the lawn? Lawns…

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Many people may just bag up their leaves after raking and leave them for trash pick up. There are actually a few different ways you could recycle or reuse the leaves. Leaves are a great way to create free compost that you can use throughout the yard,…

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Summer has come to an end which means less as the weather gets colder, plants stop growing and the leaves start falling. Give your lawn a little TLC so you can have a healthy grass once spring comes around. Get your yard prepped for the coming cooler…

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If your lawn isn’t growing well, you may need a different type of grass. Certain grasses grown better in shade, sun or sandy soil. Follow these tips to find the best grass for your North Texas lawn. Heavy Shade The best grass option for heavily shaded…

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Not everyone has a green thumb when it comes to lawn care and that is OK. That’s why there a professionals that you can turn to, like MDM Landscapes. We’ll help guide you through how to keep a nice, healthy lawn or we’ll take care of it ourselves, if…
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