The Ecology of Deer Ticks

Part of the arachnid family, ticks are parasites that feed off the blood of hosts. Their method of feeding, in conjunction with their lifecycle, makes them the perfect vehicle for transmitting diseases to humans. The Eastern deer tick and Midwestern black-legged tick are the only known carriers of spirochete, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Like other ticks, the deer tick and black legged tick will go through several life stages during a two-year lifespan. Hatching in the summer, larva will search for its first meal immediately as soon as it’s able to, whereupon it will have the opportunity to contract the Lyme-disease-causing bacteria from an infected host. The larva will not feed again until it molts and transforms into a nymph, its next life stage.

The nymph stage is the stage that poses the largest risk to humans in regards to contracting Lyme disease. If the nymph was infected from its previous host, it will then pass along the spirochete to its next blood meal. If not previously infected, the nymph may feed off an already infected host for its next meal, therefore becoming a carrier of the spirochete. In the Northeast and Midwestern regions of the U.S., a quarter of the nymph population has been found to carry spirochete. Because of their poppy seed size, detection of a nymph can be difficult. Nearly all cases of Lyme disease are caused by ticks in the nymph stage.

A nymph will again molt and transform into an adult deer tick that will resume its hunt for blood, especially in the months of October and November. According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, of the deer ticks sampled in the Northeast and Midwest of the United States, 50% of them have been found to be carriers of spirochete, which is double the carrier rate of nymphs. However, due to their increased size while in the stage, the adult tick is usually removed within the 36-hour transmission window.

While in the adult stage, the adult tick will attempt to mate and reproduce before the end of its lifecycle. The female tick will lay about 3,000 eggs that will hatch in the summer, beginning the lifecycle again.


Noon Brothers Release Book


The Noon brothers have released a book that offers tips on how to improve phone sales and shares strategies to help others grow their businesses.  Read the full article here:

Iconic Mormon temple conserves water and lets lawn go brown

California’s first Mormon temple is going green, by conserving water and letting the lawn go brown while the state is in an extreme drought. The gardeners on the grounds reported that they stopped watering the 98,000 square feet of grass in April 2015. “It was definitely a difficult decision to let that lawn go unwatered because of what the temple represents to us,” McGougan said. “It’s a sacred place. But our intention was to join with the rest of the citizens of California and do our part to help conserve water.”

Noon Turf to Sponsor General John Nixon Spring 2015 Dinner, Dance and Fundraising Auction this Saturday

The General John Nixon Spring 2015 Dinner, Dance and Fundraising Auction is just around the corner, and Noon Turf Care is proud to add its name to the distinguished list of sponsors backing the event.

This fundraiser is vital to the kids at General John Nixon Elementary, which is part of the Sudbury Public School District. The money we raise at this event will go toward funding key enrichment programs that enhance students’ lives – including science, literacy and music programs that wouldn’t otherwise be available to them.

Last year’s fundraising event brought in enough to cover more than 25 enrichment activities that inspired, motivated and taught kids with hands-on experiences that they’ll never forget. Because we’ve seen how programs like these create a love of learning and help foster existing talent, we’re so excited to be a part of this year’s event.

At Noon Turf Care, we believe that a healthy community has active participants who care about kids, education and other essential services that only community ties can produce. The Nixon Auction is the school’s largest community-building event of the year, and it’s happening April 11 at the Charter Oak Country Club. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour and ends around midnight, and we’d love to see you there to support this great cause.

New Burial Pod will Turn Loved Ones into Trees

An Italian company has come up with a concept to give life to loved ones after they have passed. The company has come up with a concept called the “burial pod” that houses loved ones in an eco-friendly alternative to a coffin. These burial pods will turn the deceased’s body into nutrients that will nourish and help a tree to grow. Unforunately the concept is just that, a concept, since Italian law forbids such burials. The company wants to create an alternative to tombstones and the killing of trees for wooden coffins and instead create entire memorial parks for the deceased.


The Professional Landcare Network to Become The National Association of Landscape Professionals

Come April 2015, the organization know as The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) will be reinventing their vision and recommitting their focus to professionals that represent the landscape industry. The organizations new name will be The National Association of Landscape Professionals. Memberships are extended to those who manufacture and supply the landscape industry as well as consultants, faculty and students. Learn more about The National Association of Landscape Professionals!


NFL Uses Retractable Natural-Grass Turf for Super Bowl XLIX

Retractable roofs on NFL stadiums are nothing new, but retractable fields certainly are. Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium tested out this exciting display of landscaping greatness for this year’s Super Bowl, though the technology is far from new. It was first debuted during the 2006 Pro Bowl, when they had 92,000 square feet of Tifway-419 Bermuda hybrid grass turf flown in from Alabama.

The turf was placed inside of a 19-million pound tray complete with drainage and a full irrigation system, and it rested on 546 wheels that enable it to move through an opening in the end zone. Although the grass was installed inside of the stadium right before the Pro Bowl festivities, it was later moved back outside so that the imported grass could get more essential sunlight. This also eliminated humidity problems in the stadium during the game and enabled the city to use the stadium for other events when the Cardinals weren’t in season. While the football game may have been the center of attention at the Pro Bowl, for landscaping enthusiasts, the turf was also a source of entertainment in itself.

Drones Soon to Enhance Agriculture Industry

NPR  met with Jimmy Underhill a drone technician with Agribotix, a Colorado-based drone start up that sees farmers as its most promising market. Listen to the interview below!

Healthy Turf, Health Tomorrow Plant Health Webinar

In March of last year, Bayer sponsored a webinar called Healthy Turf, Healthy Tomorrow, where associate professor of Agronomy at Purdue University, Cale Bigelow, provided a discussion of current and future trends in management of soil properties for maximum turf health. Watch the full webinar to learn more about the chemical, physical and biological aspects of soil health in turf!

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Great Outlook for 2015

Chris and Matt Noon are excited for the 2015 season!