When Europeans first settled in Massachusetts, wild turkeys were plentiful throughout the state. With an increasing population, however, over-hunting occurred and forests were gradually cut down for farmland, thus eliminating the turkey’s habitat. In 1851, the last wild turkey in Massachusetts was killed on Mount Tom.
In 1972, the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (now known as Mass Wildlife), in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts, received permission to live-trap turkeys in New York state and release them in Massachusetts. Between 1972 and 1973, 37 birds were released. Today, the estimated fall population is more than 20,000 birds. WOW! Can you imagine that? The quintessential Thanksgiving Day table was without turkey for over a century!Continue reading Let’s Talk Turkey→
Merry Christmas from our family to yours. When your business runs with the seasons, you never can truly guess how it will turn out. It certainly has been a year filled with peaks and valleys. It has been said when you have a child , time will pass quicker. I certainly didn’t need time to fast forward anymore than it had pre child but they weren’t wrong. Here we are at the end of 2015. The weather wreaked havoc with our spring and December sure did feel like the spring we never got! Scenic Roots turns 30 in 2016 and we have so many fun things planned. Enjoy the last few days you have in 2015. Smile thinking of the memories you created, the goals you achieved and the lessons learned. Scenic Roots is going in to 2016 with a positive outlook and hopes for an earlier spring.
Do you feed the birds? Cardinals, finches, chickadees and the pesky squirrel? What do you do for winter care? What supplies do you provide for the birds? Do you provide a birdbath for the birds as well? Wild birds NEED water for their survival just as humans do. Water is critical in preventing heat stress during the hot summer months, but natural water sources are easier to find for your feathered friends in warmer months. During the winter months, water supplies dwindle due to freezing temperatures. Puddles, ponds, birdbaths, even the morning dew has chrystalized. Providing a heater for your birdbath is a much needed addition to your bird feeding habits and ensures the birds stay around for you all winter long. Also makes a great Christmas present!
Paperwhite Narcissus will grow happily and bloom with nothing more than water and stones or beach glass. To “plant” your bulbs in any drainage free container, begin by carefully placing a layer of stones or glass to a depth of about 2 inches for a small container/vase or about 4 inches in a larger container/vase. Next place a layer of Paperwhite bulbs close to each other, roots facing down. Put a few stones or pieces of beach glass around and between the bulbs to anchor them in the container/vase. Leave the tops of the bulbs exposed. Finally, add water until the level reaches just below the base of the bulbs, but no higher (if the bases of the bulbs sit in water, they will rot). Frequently check the water level as the roots begin to grow and add water when needed. Continue reading December Flower of the Month- Paperwhites→
We are now in the winter months and your gardens and lawns are moving into their dormant stage. There isn’t much left to do around the yard but to pull out the snow shovels and snow blowers and get ready for another long cold winter. Speaking of power equipment- now is the time to tend to you lawn mower if you have yet to do so, before you tuck it into the garage for a few months. Proper maintenance now leads to less aggravation come spring. Ensure the storage area is cool and dry and cover the mower to keep it clean and protected. Before it gets covered up though, be sure these basic, simple steps are followed to ensure proper winterization.
Empty the fuel tank and run the mower until the engine stops from lack of fuel. Prime the engine and start again, when the engine no longer starts, it is sufficiently dry. Change the oil, remove the spark plug. Wipe down the mower- top side and undercarriage. Finally check the blades condition and sharpness. Have them sharpened if necessary.
You now have one less chore on your spring “to do list”!!!