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“Although rodents are a year-round problem, we do find that consumers report an uptick in rodent infestations occurring in the fall and winter months,” PPMA Executive Director Cindy Mannes says in a news release. “In fact, rodents invade about 21 million homes in the U.S. each winter, making them one of the most common pests."

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/6b/Groundhog2.jpg/256px-Groundhog2.jpgDesignated by the National Pest Management Association, Rodent Awareness Week is a designated week in October to educate homeowners about the damages caused by small critters in-and-around homes and gardens.

There are several rodent protection tactics that you can reinforce including:

  • Physically removing them by some means;
  • Taking away their source(s) of food [in-and-around gardens];
  • Using rodent repellents inside the home and your outside garden;
  • Regulatory Control/Pest Extermination Measures

For gardeners, Mastergardening.com staff strongly suggest investing in deer fencing with rodent protection to safeguard organic gardens. You have worked hard to maintain your garden for years; so why let it go because of a rabbit or groundhog? Additionally, there are a number of rodent repellents that you can include around the garden to keep nosy animals away such as traps, rodent granules, and repellent sprays. 

Although Rodent Awareness Week only lasts between October 23-29th, we strongly suggest using these measures year-round for rodent prevention and control.

October Gardening Tips

Prepare yourselves, Fall is a busy time of year in the garden. Between frost protection, fallen leaves, mulching, and weed prevention, October is all about landscape maintenance before it really gets chilly. Here are some things you need to think about this season:1) Frost ProtectionIf the first frost hasn't yet hit, just know it's coming. [...]

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October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month

October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month (NASPM), a time for pet owners to practice safe handling and preventative measures for domestic pets. Our pets are not just animals; they become members of our family, our confidants and our best friends."National Animal Safety and Prevention Month was created by the PALS Foundation. PALS is [...]

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October Gardening Tip: Manage Deer Control

Once the leaves fall from the trees, and the temperatures drop, deer will become desperate for food. They will surely learn that there aren't opportunities in the forest to satisfy their cravings and thus, will wander over to your garden. This month is the time to install deer management solutions such as deer fencing to [...]

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Fall Into Gardening: Helpful Fall Gardening Tips

We are a few days shy of the fall season. We know you are worn out from summertime gardening; but there is a lot to do in the garden as the weather cools down such as preparing a cold frame and raking leaves. Here are five expert tips to get you prepared for fall gardening:1) [...]

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September is National Preparedness Month

If you're from the South like me, you know that September is storm season. Hurricanes are brewing in the Atlantic; there are potential threats of tornadoes and power outages are occurring from strong winds. This National Preparedness Month, Mastergardening.com advises homeowners to take action - be prepared with long-term and emergency supplies. Disasters can strike [...]

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September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month

Fact: Dogs need a minimum of 30 minutes of daily activity. Without it, dogs face a number of health issues and complications as they age including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and respiratory disease. Dogs that do not exercise are often unhappy and overweight. Their moods can change from happy to destructive. Just like humans, dogs [...]

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Recap of August Gardening Tips

If you have been following the Mastergardening.com blog, you know that we gave you numerous August gardening tips to get you through the warm weather and prepare for cooler temperatures ahead. Here, you will find a recap of our August gardening tips:1) Gardening Tip #1: Water your plants thoroughly but not heavilyWater your vegetables 2-3 [...]

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August Gardening Tip #4: Composting

For our final August gardening tip, we want to discuss composting. Composting is not only a good practice for your garden, but it is also a good practice for the Earth.Creating nutrient-rich compost for gardens will save you money on purchasing pricey soil amendments, but it will also save perfectly compostable materials from rotting in [...]

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August Gardening Tip #3: Preparing Your Cold Frame

You've worked so hard on your garden all Spring and Summer. Don't give up on your plants now! You can extend the growing season by investing in a cold frame this August. A cold frame is a simple structure that utilizes solar energy and insulation to create a moderate climate for your garden; so they [...]

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