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Borers

Borers can refer to a number of insects with a larva that feeds inside the bark of our trees and large shrubs. Borers are most often beetles but can also be clear-winged moths as in the case of the lilac-ash…

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Tree Roots in the Lawn

Tree roots on the surface of the soil can often be unsightly and make mowing and maintaining a uniform lawn difficult. Homeowners often want to know if they can cut them off without damaging the tree. Unfortunately, the answer is…

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Weeds In Landscape Beds

Weeds are nearly inevitable in flowerbeds. Luckily there are multiple ways to prevent and control the problem so that your flowers can grow without competition. The first line of defense is to ensure the area is completely clean of weeds…

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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 by concrete and asphalt or buildings reflecting heat off their south or west sides.…

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Aphids

Aphid Control

Aphids are small, soft insects with sucking mouthparts. They come in a variety of colors and can attack a wide variety of plants as well. They are generally found under leaves and on tender new stems, often in colonies. The…

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Mealybugs

Mealybugs

This insect is a major pest on greenhouse plants and houseplants but will occasionally affect plants in the landscape too. These insects are white and often fuzzy or dusty looking. They are usually found on the undersides of leaves or…

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Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

Powdery mildew is a disease that can affect a wide range of plants. It forms a very distinct-looking white powder, generally on top of infected leaves. In severe cases, it can also be found on the undersides of leaves, buds,…

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Cedar Apple Rust

Cedar Apple Rust

Junipers often have brown growths that look a little like human brains on their needles. These are one stage of cedar-apple rust, which is a fungus. After the spring rains, the fungus will be covered in orange tentacle-like growths that…

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Why Aren’t My Annuals Blooming

Annuals may not bloom for a variety of reasons. If your petunias or geraniums suddenly quit blooming, the first thing to check for is budworms. These small green caterpillars that will eat the blooms before the buds even open. Million bells…

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Pine tip moth

Pine Tip Moth

The pine tip moths' larva bore into the new candle tip on pines (mostly scotch and mugo pines). If you see brown tips, twist them and see if there is a hollow tunnel with a small orange larva. This usually…

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