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Little Barley Grass

Little Barley Grass

Little Barley is a grassy weed that can also be a concern for pet owners and anyone with socks on in early summer. This winter annual will produce seedheads and turn brown in early summer, even if it is mowed…

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Butterfly On Flower

Attracting Butterflies

When planning to attract butterflies to your garden, it is important to remember the following requirements: 1. Butterflies linger in sunny places! They are "cold blooded" and require warmth to be active. 2. Butterflies linger in places protected from the…

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Fungus Gnat

Fungus Gnats

Fungus Gnats are tiny insects that live in the soil of houseplants. Their larva feed on plant roots and the adults can be a nuisance when they fly around the plants. However, they don't bite humans. They are fairly easy…

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Red Yucca

Hot Gardens

There are lots of challenging conditions in landscaping and gardening. One of the most challenging is extreme heat. This condition can be created in areas surrounded sides by concrete and asphalt, or by buildings reflecting heat off their south or…

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Hosta Francee

Dry Shade Gardens

There are lots of challenging conditions in landscaping and gardening. One of the most challenging is dry shade. These areas are generally caused by large shade trees which can easily out-compete smaller plants for water and nutrients. They can also…

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Avoiding Transplant Shock in New Plant Material

It's exciting to add new plants to the landscape, so it's especially disappointing when they fail to thrive or even die. These poor outcomes can often be avoided by reducing transplant shock. Transplant shock is often related to the disturbance…

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Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Uniform Holes in Tree Trunks

While many homeowners are aware of the damage boring insects can do to trees, they may be less familiar with the uniform holes of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This bird is a woodpecker that feeds primarily on the sap of trees…

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Ladybug

Attracting Beneficial/Predatory Insects

In bird, butterfly, and organic vegetable gardens, chemicals are often not an option if a pest problem arises. One solution is to attract or buy beneficial or predatory insects. These insects can naturally reduce pest populations. The most common example…

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Whiteflies

Whiteflies are tiny insects that feed on the undersides of the leaves of many plants including houseplants, tropicals, and even vegetables. Hibiscus are especially prone to whitefly. Whiteflies are a sucking insect that can damage the leaves by removing too…

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Brown Recluse Spider

Controlling Spiders

Spiders can be beneficial in many situations since they eat a host of other insects. Unfortunately, some are also very venomous to humans, and they are also unwelcome indoors and around our landscapes where we might run into their webs.…

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