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Bagworm

Bagworm Control

Bagworms are easily recognized by the bags they sew together from the needles or leaves of their host plant. When present in large numbers, they can defoliate and kill juniper, spruce, and arborvitae trees. They hatch in late May and…

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Budworms

Budworms

Are your petunias, geraniums, or million bells mysteriously ceasing to bloom? If so, let's take a closer look at the buds. Budworms might be the sneaky culprits responsible for this problem. Budworms are tiny caterpillars that can be either green,…

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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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Spider mites

Spider Mites

Spider mites are very small, so they can’t be seen with the naked eye, but they can cause a lot of damage. The first sign of their presence is pale, dirty-looking patches of foliage. The simplest way to confirm their…

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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. Several landscape plants can be used purely for their ornamental value but have the added benefit of drawing…

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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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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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Hosta Francee

Dry Shade Gardens

Landscaping and gardening pose many challenges, and one of the most difficult is dealing with dry shade. These areas typically result from large shade trees that out-compete smaller plants for water and nutrients, or overhanging eaves that cast shadows over…

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

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