Digging in the Dirt with Stacy Kershaw ~ December 2018 ~ Protect Your Garden from Winter Damage

By Stacy Kershaw

It seems like we went right from Summer to Winter this year. I barely had time to shut off the outside water and store my hoses before the ground froze. While we may have a warm day here and there, we need to prepare our gardens for the inevitable onslaught of messy winter weather.

Here are 5 tips to protect your garden from winter damage:

Watering Bags ~ Helpful or Harmful to Young Trees?

Submitted by Melinda Dietrich on behalf of Bedford’s Arbor Resources Committee

Editor’s Note: With temperatures predicted to be above 40 degrees through Monday, December 3 the coming weekend is a good time to remove any watering bags before more cold weather and snow arrive.

Watering Bags, aka Gator Bags, are great spring, summer, and fall to ease the essential chore of keeping your newly-planted tree well-watered for its first three years.

Recycling Know-No’s ~ STYROFOAM, aka Expanded Polystyrene

By Gene Kalb and Ed McGrath

Question #5 – STYROFOAM – This is actually the subject that inspired this column. Styrofoam certainly seems like something that you should be able to recycle. It has to make economic sense to do it though.

Based on the number of telephone calls the Department of Public Works gets and what the DPW observes in recycling bins each week, this week’s topic is styrofoam, and what to do with it.

It goes in the trash, not the recycling bin,” said Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Recycling Coordinator. “Styrofoam packaging, food trays, take-out containers, and coffee cups are considered contamination at the recycling processing facility.”

A Beary Busy Day in Bedford

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The rumor of Friday’s first bear sighting on Alaska Avenue came to The Bedford Citizen’s attention mid-morning, but it wasn’t the only one of the day. Ready for his close-up, the bear returned to the neighborhood during the afternoon whereupon Ron Mason captured these splendid photographs.

Digging in the Dirt with Stacy Kershaw – October, 2018

By Stacy Kershaw

The leaves are dropping, the growing season is finishing up. What should we be doing now to get ready for the spring. Also, I hear leaf blowers and ads for “Fall Clean-up” What’s your opinion on what to do with the leaves and pine needles once they fall?

While I love the fall colors, I dread the cold, dreary weather ahead. Fall cleanup is a great excuse to get outside and enjoy those last fleeting days of warm sunshine. So get digging!

Black Earth Compost Now Offering Curbside Pickup of Food Waste in Bedford

By Dot Bergin

A Gloucester company-Black Earth Compost-is now offering weekly curbside pickup of food waste to Bedford residents. There is a fee to join, currently $99 for six months’ service but the company says when 300 residents sign up, that price will drop by half. Black Earth provides (for an initial fee) a three gallon, animal-proof green curbside bin with locking lid and wheels

Picking up Leaves Around Your Home? Late-Season Ticks Might be Lurking!

By Heidi Porter, Director, Bedford Board of Health

Although it’s getting colder and the leaves are falling, it is still important to be thinking about preventing tick bites during this time of year when putting your yard and lawn to bed for the winter season. The Bedford Board of Health wants to remind you that you don’t have to be walking in the woods to be bitten by a deer tick; it can happen around your own home! It is important to know that deer ticks can live where grassy yards border wooded areas, ornamental plantings, and gardens, or anywhere it is shaded and there are leaves with high humidity. While removing leaf litter from around your home is a good way to remove or reduce conditions that allow ticks to survive in your yard, you can be exposed to deer ticks while doing this seasonal activity. Deer ticks in Bedford can carry the tick-borne diseases that are prevalent in our area, including Lyme, Anaplasmosis (Ehrlichiosis), and Babesiosis. These diseases, if transmitted from the tick to a human via a tick bite, can seriously impact an individual’s health and lifestyle.

Before heading out to rake leaves or remove brush this fall, make sure you follow these tips to reduce your exposure to deer ticks that may carry disease:

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