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Hydrangea

Why aren’t my hydrangeas blooming

Hydrangeas may not bloom for a variety of reasons. Gardeners are often disappointed when a bush that bloomed well in a previous year doesn't bloom at all the next year. While hydrangeas prefer afternoon shade during our hot summers, if…

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Japanese Beetle

Green June Beetles and Japanese Beetles

Green June beetles and Japanese Beetles are similar in appearance and are often confused for one another but Japanese beetles are much more destructive. Green June Beetles are large (about 1 inch long,) are velvety green on top, and shiny…

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Bermuda Grass Control

Bermuda Grass Control

Undesirable bermudagrass can become a major nuisance in Fescue lawns. This grass spreads aggressively by runners (eventually even invading flower beds,) is a paler green color then fescue, and doesn't green up as quickly in the spring. It is very…

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Grasshopper

Grasshopper Control

Grasshoppers are a major pest on a variety of plants. They will eat the new growth of grass and also love sweet potato vines, dracaena, and almost every other garden plant. There are many different species of grasshoppers. They lay…

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is a noxious weed that can quickly spread in shady and unmaintained areas of the landscape. Poison ivy can grow as a groundcover, as a vine up the trunks of trees, and even as a bush in some…

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Bindweed

Field Bindweed

Field bindweed is a noxious weed that can invade lawns and landscapes and is very difficult to eradicate. Bindweed is a vine with wiry stems and oval or arrow-shaped leaves that quickly twines around shrubs, grasses, fences, and anything else…

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Butterfly

Attracting Pollinators

With some pollinators being threatened by habitat loss, there is a renewed interest in creating beds and even whole gardens for them. There are several landscape plants can be used purely for there ornamental value but have the added benefit…

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Pine Tip Moth

Pine Tip Moth

The larva of pine tip moths bore into the tip of the new candles 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…

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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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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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