Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Hey, I sure do like this extra hour of daylight.

Posted Monday, March 9, 2009, at 5:55 PM
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  • Steve;

    Don't be fooled. Old Sabre Tooth is out there.

    Here's 2 cures:

    1. Toothpicks, 4 or 5 at ground level around the stalk tied with a bread tie.

    2. Aluminum Foil at ground level about 1 inch tall, just wrap tight.

    3. When you see lightning bugs your home free.


    -- Posted by framestraight on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 9:17 AM
  • I am not a gardener by any stretch of the imagination, I could kill an artificial plant. I am hoping this blog has readers that can help me with a huge problem. I live in town and last summer we had 5 snakes in our yard and 1 actually in the house. I am absolutely TERRIFIED of them, it doesn't matter to me if they are poisonous (these aren't) or small or big or whatever!!! They are snakes, that is all that matters to me. I saw one yesterday in my backyard already so I am sure this year will be just as bad if not worse!!! Please help!!! What will get rid of them. I don't even like to go out in my own yard anymore!

    -- Posted by titansfan on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 9:22 AM
  • Get a few chickens. They keep snakes away.

    -- Posted by welkin61 on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 11:05 AM
  • Do you happen to have moles or numerous mice? I am wondering if they are finding your area good hunting ground for something. If so, getting rid of their food supply might encourage them to move on.

    I have a big chicken snake who loves my raised beds. It usually scares me once or twice a year, but I don't think I have the same emotions that you have about them. Although I do respect all of them. I will check other sources to see if there are good solutions.

    On Old Sabre Tooth, I have been saving foil but right now the seedlings are almost too small to protect. Toothpicks will be easier. I have about 70 plants in right now so I need to stock up.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 11:26 AM
  • I have never seen any mice or moles, but there is a really small creekbed that runs along the tree line of my yard. It is usually dry unless we have an extremely heavy rain. I am not so sure about the chickens being a practical idea, I have close neighbors and seriously live right in town. Someone recommended moth balls around the tree lines and under the house, ever heard that one?

    -- Posted by titansfan on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 12:03 PM
  • I've heard mothballs to repel other things, so it is conceivable. I have used it before for mice who were nesting in my tractor and lawnmowers. Don't know if it worked on them, but I stayed away.

    By the way, if you know they are not poisonous, do you know what they are?

    We had a chicken snake come in the house many years ago. We never told my mother-in-law since she has a hard enough time with spiders and the occasional mouse.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 2:30 PM
  • Once upon a time, I was making fries. I reached up over the stove to get the salt. I pushed the pepper back to get the salt. The pepper came back at me. I took the pepper out and saw a nice snakeskin. I shut the cabinet and put duct tape on the doors. "Mac! Get here quick, there's a snake in the cabinet" "What kind of snake is it?" "It's a #$%^$ cobra!" Upon which my prince laughed at me. Because to me it did not matter what kind of snake it was, it was UP IN THE CABINET OVER THE STOVE. We still don't have a really good idea how he got up in there. No joke, this sucker was about 2-3 feet long and he somehow got in the cabinet and behind all my spices. Anyway, we have chickens and nice big owl that I guess is keeping the snakes at bay.

    BTW, I hate DST. I don't like getting up an hour earlier. Four-thirty is too early as it is.

    -- Posted by Jacks4me on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 3:16 PM

    I have these strange looking bugs in my back yard. They are brown with red markings on them. I noticed them last fall in some of my window and I thought that they would die during winter. But now they are back in full force. There are so many that I can actually see my grass moving in my yard!

    -- Posted by doe-c-doe on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 3:17 PM
  • There is a really good internet site called What's that bug maybe you can find your visitors there if not you can actually take a picture and send it in and they will help you identify it.


    -- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 3:54 PM
  • I like the extra hour of light now, it gives me time to get a little work done in the garden after a day out taking care of customers lawns.

    doe-c-doe, if you can get a picture of the bugs in question, have steve post them in a blog. One that comes to mind is Boxelder bugs, but I haven't seen of them yet this season.

    -- Posted by rtdavis62 on Tue, Mar 10, 2009, at 6:00 PM
  • Well, I have been told they are not poison, I do not know for sure what kind they are. People I have shown a picture of one to say everything from a garter snake to a black racer. I am scared of EVERY KIND, don't matter if they are poison or not to me!

    -- Posted by titansfan on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 7:21 AM
  • Mr. Mills or any of this blog's readers:

    My parents used to make comments when the weather would change, as it has several times in the last week or two, that the cold snaps we have were "dogwood winter", or "blackberry winter", etc. Do you know when these various "winters" occur and which ones they are?

    -- Posted by onenamil on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 9:47 AM
  • Since there is some difference of opinion, you might want to take the snake picture to the extension service to get another opinion.

    doe-c-doe I will post a combined picture of the boxelder bug in a new blog. rtdavis62 has a lot of experience in lawns and therefore insects, so he may be able to help you narrow it down quickly.

    I would say the two winters are based on when each is flowering. I will research the timing, since I never paid attention. I probably knew at one time, but it is not in the gray cells at the moment.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Mar 11, 2009, at 10:07 AM
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