Category Archives: Landscaping

Keep an Eye Out for Invasive Hogweed Plants on Your Property

Giant HogweedMost of the plants you might find growing wild on your property are relatively harmless, but there are a few invasive species to look out for when you’re mowing your lawn, pulling weeds and performing other tasks in your yard.

Giant hogweed is a good example of one such plant that can be potentially hazardous to humans and their pets.

According to scientists at the University of Connecticut, invasive hogweed plants have been growing in our area for almost 20 years now. They can grow to be as tall as 15 feet high, with five-foot long leaves that have thick, hollow stems. During the summer, you may see hogweed plants blooming with white flowers that grow in large clusters up to 2.5 feet across.

In addition to overwhelming native plant species, hogweed plants also produce a sap that can cause human skin to blister and become very sensitive to sun exposure. With this in mind, you should always wear protective such gear such as thick gloves and long sleeves when attempting to remove hogweed plants from your property.

The good news is, hogweed plants are still relatively rare in our region.

Because of its invasive status and dangerous sap, however, it’s always best to err on the side of caution if you think hogweed might be growing near your home. At Brother Tree & Lawn Service, our seasonal yard cleanups can help keep invasive species at bay and make it easier for you to maintain your landscaping all year round. To learn more about all the lawn care services we offer, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!

Ways to Recycle Autumn Leaves

Ways to Recycle Autumn Leaves

Many horticulturists argue that recycling your autumn leaves as opposed to simply disposing of them is not only healthier for your lawn, but better for the environment. That’s why we put together a few suggestions on how to properly recycle your autumn leaves. Composting Fallen leaves are gold mines for nutrients, and composting is one… Continue Reading

A Beginner’s Guide to Composting

There are a number of benefits that come along with adding compost to the soil in your lawn and garden. Compost can help your soil retain moisture better, provide it with micronutrients and improve soil stability. But in order to turn leaves, table scraps and more into nutrient-rich compost, you need to follow a few… Continue Reading