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Dry Shade Gardens

Landscaping and gardening pose many challenges, one of the most difficult being dealing with dry shade. These areas typically result from large shade trees that outcompete smaller plants for water and nutrients or overhanging eaves that cast shadows over 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. These insects are white and often fuzzy or dusty-looking. They are usually found on the undersides of leaves or in the…

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Butterfly

Attracting Pollinators

With pollinators increasingly threatened by habitat loss, there's a burgeoning movement to create gardens specifically designed to attract and support these vital creatures. Many landscape plants not only serve ornamental purposes but also draw butterflies and bees, transforming your garden…

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Cedar Apple Rust

Cedar Apple Rust

Junipers often sport strange, brain-like brown growths on their needles, marking the presence of cedar-apple rust, a fascinating yet troublesome fungus. After spring rains, these brown blobs transform into eerie orange tentacles that release spores into the air. These spores,…

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Whiteflies

Whiteflies, though tiny, are notorious garden pests with a penchant for attacking a wide variety of plants, including houseplants, tropicals, and vegetables. Hibiscus plants, in particular, are frequent victims of these pesky insects. Whiteflies feed on the undersides of leaves,…

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Tree Roots in the Lawn

Tree roots that surface can be quite the eyesore and create a hassle for maintaining a neat lawn. Homeowners often wonder if they can simply cut these roots without harming the tree. Unfortunately, the answer is a definitive no. Pruning…

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Red Yucca

Hot Gardens

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

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Powdery Mildew

Powdery Mildew

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

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Borers

Borers encompass various insects whose larvae feed inside the bark of trees and large shrubs. Predominantly beetles, they can also include clear-winged moths like the lilac-ash borer. Some of the most destructive borers include the Emerald Ash Borer, devastating native…

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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 will eat the blooms before the buds even open. Million bells and…

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