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A fan of winter-time? These destinations will be right up your alley (or shall we say, down your chimney.)

Our first stop on this trip is Niagara Falls, for the Winter Festival of Lights.

Held annually at Queen Victoria Park. Leave it to those Canucks to have one of the top festivals of the season and with this one, they truly go all-out.

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The year 2017 marks their 35th anniversary of the 8km long illumination route, which weaves through gorgeous landscapes occupying Dufferin Islands, as well as the surrounding tourist districts.

It has become a deeply loved, storied holiday tradition for many families from all over the world. An astonishing one-million visitors will descend upon Niagara Falls to consume all of the joy brought about by the Festival of Lights.

Queen Victoria Park 
6075 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls Ontario Canada, L2G 3N4
Download the WFOL App for a route map, event schedule & more


Next on our journey is Portland, Oregon where we introduce you to the Portland Winter Light Festival

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This is a truly quirky, unique event (much like the city it calls home) and it incorporates illuminated art installations, live performances, kinetic fire sculptures, as well as family-friendly interactive activities.

Featuring over 100 artists, designers, builders and performers the festival draws in about 50,000 visitors for this special event.

February 1-3, 2018 – Venues to be announced
Stay tuned to their website for exact venue locations
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Our third stop is Phillips Park in Aurora, Illinois.

Presented by the Rotary Club of Aurora, this is the events 11h season and it is one of the largest, totally free outdoor holiday light displays in the Chicago area.

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Drive through more than a mile of lighted displays, many of them animated. There are over 420 displays making up this drive-through only event. New to the scene this are are dancing arcs and a 20-foot sign in the midst of Weisner Ice Rink. This event began in 2006 by members of the Rotary Club, in partnership with the City of Aurora.

Check it out beginning Friday November 24th through December 26th. Open on Friday / Saturday 5PM – 10PM and Sunday-Thursday 5PM – 9PM

Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive in Aurora
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Fourth is Toronto’s Distillery District for the Toronto Light Festival.

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Featuring artists from all over – such as India, United States, Netherlands, Canada & More.

The mission of this festival is to uplift the collective spirit of this wonderful city and inject the cold, dark atmosphere with the warm vibrancy of light. In a city where it often reaches negative degrees, they need as much warmth as they can get!

The location is very interesting indeed. Taking place within a giant collection of Victorian industrial buildings juxtaposed by the magical, eye-candy of every shape and size which temporarily covers their exteriors and illuminates the otherwise dreary landscape.

2018 dates to be announced, stay tuned on their website Click Here

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Last, but most certainly not least – we’re talking about the Northern Lights.

One place to see them is Iceland. Tour the Aurora Borealis with Reykjavik Excursions

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This experience is certainly the only one on our list that has a spiritual component and is as awe-inspiring as this natural light display given during the winter months.

Caused by particles interacting with the upper atmosphere, a phenomenon occurs which turns the boring sky into a visually explosive event. Pastels and neon hues paint the sky for a mesmerizing colorscape.
Although, the lights are not guaranteed so it is sort of a gamble if you do go on the trip. Some tours offer a free repeat if your first trip doesn’t bring you face-to-face with the Aurora Borealis. REYKJAVIK Excursions

Grass Seed: Why, How & What Kind To Use

Are you worried that neighbors are gawking at your unsightly lawn? Perhaps, you’d simply like to expand the amount of “green” around the perimeter of your home.

These are just two out of many cases in which a homeowner would like to bulk-up and optimize their grass. Today I’ll be discussing with you what options are available once you decide to go down this road.

Grass Seed VS Sod

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and upgrade your lawn. However, this begs to question “do I go with grass seeds, sod, or some other combination?”

Sod is when you transplant already mature turf that is rolled out across your lawn in strips and usually requires a professional with special expertise to do it properly. If you go the seed route, it involves planting the seeds and sprouting your very own grass from the jump. Since planting seeds is less complicated, this can be done yourself or hired out if you wanted someone else to take care of it. The biggest difference is pricing.

Sod is by far the most expensive option. You can get the “Rolls Royce of grass seed” for significantly less money than you would spend for sod. Assuming you’re on a budget – let’s explore the option of planting your own grass seed for the remainder of this article.

Types of Grass Seed

Now that you’ve decided to plant your own grass seed – you’re probably wondering what kind you need to get, how much it will cost, etc. If you take a top-down approach, you’ll come to find that there is two main categories of grass seed – warm season and cold season.

The warm season type is made up of species hailing from the south of the country and they grow best in hot weather. This type of grass tends to go dormant in the winter time, degrading into a brownish color until spring arrives.

Cool season grass has its origins in the northern half of the country. Cool season grass tends to grow rapidly throughout the spring and fall. On the downside this kind of grass tends to turn brown during periods of intense heat during the summer.

Beyond this, there are all types of seeds with subtle differences and it would probably be best to speak with the associate at your local retailer so they can suggest the best combination of quality, value and function to fit your needs.

Grass Seed Planting

It’s best to plant warm season grass seed in late spring. The cool season seeds should be planted in late summer or early fall. Once you’ve determined when to plant and what seed to use – it’s time to get your hands dirty.

First off, you’ll want to prepare the soil by loosening up the top few inches, removing stones / debris and breaking up any clumps of dirt that are bigger than a golf-ball size. Following the preparation, it’s time to begin planting the seed. You can spread it evenly across the designated area either by hand or using a seeder, following a guideline of about 16 seeds per square inch. Don’t put too many seeds too close together, though, as they will be forced to fight for nutrients.

After your seeds are snuggled away in the dirt you will want to cover them with a very thin layer of soil. Covering them will hold them in place and help retain moisture so they grow healthy. Keep your grass seed moist to push the germination process along, while being careful not to make the ground oversaturated which will drown the seeds.

Grass Seed Wrap-Up

Hopefully you’ve gained some insight into why, what and how to go about bulking up the green grass around your home or optimizing the grass you already have. This is a great way to get outdoors and occupy your time in a healthy, productive way. You can even get your kids involved and make a family project out of it.

Landscaping and lawn care is our passion and we hope to inspire you with a little bit of our enthusiasm so you too can enjoy the wonders of Mother Nature.

For help with your lawn, contact Liberty Tree Care!

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March is here, the weather is warming up, and we’re all getting excited for the spring and summer ahead! But don’t forget that with the warmer seasons, bugs, ticks, and their associated problems come along with them. A little bit of awareness and preparation can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe from tick-born illnesses, meaning you’ll get the most out of the beautiful time of the year.

Lyme Disease in Pennsylvania

Lyme disease is a n increasingly common tick-born illness that brings with it flu-like symptoms and arthritis. Over the past decade, it has become more common in PA as it spreads outward from the Connecticut/New Jersey area towards the Great Lakes. The Pennsylvania Department of Health states that Pennsylvania has led the nation in confirmed cases of Lyme disease for three straight years and for the first time deer ticks have been found in each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Anyone who spends time outdoors can come in contact with ticks, and many people contract Lyme disease right near their own home. But don’t let all that scare you. By treating your property with tick repellents, wearing the proper clothes, and checking yourself every time you return from a potential tick habitat, you can greatly reduce your risk of contracting Lyme Disease.

Tick Prevention Methods

Spraying your yard with tick control agents will improve conditions in the areas you’re likely to spend the most time in. Our licensed professionals are trained to recognize the various portions of a lawn or property that are most likely to pose a danger, and treat them with the proper type and amount of pesticide. Treating pets and applying repellents directly to your clothing is also highly recommended.

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The emergency of ticks in the spring can vary based on temperature patterns. If you’re interested in treating your yard , give our experts a call today and learn more about when and how to get started. We also provide measures for reducing mosquitos, which bring their own set of problems and discomforts as the weather gets hotter.

Learn more about our tick and mosquito prevention services here.

Learn more about Pennsylvania’s Lyme disease trends, prevention methods, and warning signs with the resources below:

emerald-ash-borer

This past summer, a voracious pest made its official appearance in the Philadelphia region. The emerald ash borer, an invasive species of insect that has been spreading across the US for the past decade or so, poses a serious threat to ash trees, leading to major concerns from conservationists, property owners, and parks department officials all over the country. With the official spotting in our area, we wanted to spread the word about what the emerald ash borer is capable of, and what can be done to protect your property and the trees in the surrounding areas.

Spotting the Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer is about a half-an-inch in length, green in color, and a member of the beetle family. Researchers in the area caught their first specimen back in August using traps baited with pheromones, but the effects of this species can be found if you know what to look for.

The insect destroys ash trees when its larvae hatch inside the wood. From there, the hungry young pests eat away at the essential tissues of the tree until it is no longer able to transport water from the roots to the leaves. The infestation can destroy a healthy tree within a couple years, leaving a dead, decaying tree that is both unsightly and dangerous to surrounding property.

Woodpeckers feed on ash borers, and increased activity from these birds can be a sign of an infestation. Small holes where the insects bore out of the bark are usually about ⅛ inch in diameter and are an easy way to spot an infestation.

Exit holes from the emerald ash borer.

If you have an ash tree on your property that you suspect may be infested, call us immediately and one of our licensed arborists can diagnose the problem. If caught in time, your trees can be saved!

Protecting Against The Emerald Ash Borer in Philadelphia

As with many plant health issues, preventing the infestation from taking place is the best way to protect your ash trees. Our experts utilize the latest techniques to inoculate trees against infestation.

If the pests are already present in your tree, it may not be too late. Early treatments can eliminate the infestation, killing off the insects and protecting the tree from future problems.

The emerald ash borer is a serious threat to the health of ash trees throughout the region and we should all do our part to reduce the impact these invading insects. Keep a close eye on the trees in your neighborhood and contact our professionals to prevent infestations and treat existing issues.

Liberty Discusses How We Built A Beautiful & Functional Poolside Walkway

We were excited when we got a chance to dig in and tackle this unique hardscaping project. Our client wanted a functional walkway that would follow the curve of their concrete patio and snake past their gardens. Needless to say, we got to work right away and finished off with a project we were proud of and our clients were thrilled with!

Our experts drew out their plans, taking into account drainage needs for the garden and the nearby patio. After digging out the “S” shaped design, we graded the dirt, laid out weed-blocking material, edged the far boundary, and began setting in our materials.

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We love the way the red gravel contrasts with the grey slate for a beautiful, functional walkway that provides access to the backyeard without disrupting the flow of the landscape design.

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If you’re interested in building a walkway, patio, retaining wall, or any other hardscaping project in the Philadelphia region, give the professionals at Liberty Tree Care a call and schedule a hassle-free consultation today!