Cleaning up after the storm

By Laurie Garretson
Sept. 7, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.

Laurie Garretson

Laurie Garretson   Contributed Photo for The Victoria Advocate

Who could have imagined just a week ago we were getting ready for something like Hurricane Harvey? What an unbelievable event. It's going to take time for many things to get back to normal. Many lost homes and their businesses, and some even lost their lives. We are blessed to still be here.

I know there are many people who had large trees blown down. Most yards are covered in limbs, leaves and all types of things that either were ripped off some house or were flown in by Harvey from whom knows where.

Losing a large tree from any landscape is very unfortunate, and replacing one can be costly. If you have large limbs that need to be cut off or have an entire tree that needs to be taken out and are not able to physically do the the job, beware of who you hire to do it. There, unfortunately, are many people that claim to know what they're doing, but really don't. There are right and wrong ways to fix all problems, and it usually is well worth saving large trees that could possible cost hundreds if not thousands of dollars to replace.

After all the rain we have had, you might be noticing your landscape has been inundated with thousands of ants. Unfortunately, most of the ants that I'm finding are fire ants. The best remedy I find for ant problems are beneficial nematodes. These good nematodes will take care of all types of ants in no time. And they're safe to use around humans and all types of animals.

Mosquitoes are very happy with all this sudden water we have for them. In all you're clean up process be sure to empty any standing water and use Mosquito dunks or bits any place you don't empty. This product kills the mosquito larvae and is also safe for all animals.

Until next time, let's try to garden with nature, not against it, and maybe all our weeds will become wildflowers.

Laurie Garretson is a Victoria gardener and nursery owner. Send your gardening questions to or in care of the Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.



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