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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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Avoiding Transplant Shock in New Plant Material

It's exciting to add new plants to the landscape, so it's disappointing when they fail to thrive or even die. Avoid these poor outcomes by reducing transplant shock. Transplant shock is often related to the disturbance of the roots of…

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Orchard Grass

Orchardgrass is a concern in our lawns because it is often mixed in with cheap grass seed, and since it's a cool-season perennial like fescue, it is very difficult to control once introduced. Orchardgrass is a bunch grass that does…

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Puncture Vine

Sandbur and Puncture Vine

Sandburs and puncture vines are often confused for one another but are very different weeds. They both have extremely sharp seedheads that can cause considerable pain if stepped on and are unsightly weeds in our lawns. Sandburs are grassy weeds.…

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Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot

Blossom End Rot is a common disease that affects the fruit of many of our favorite vegetables. While tomatoes are the vegetable most affected, peppers, eggplants, and even summer squash can all exhibit blossom end rot. This disease develops as…

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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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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 the previous year doesn't bloom at all the following year. While hydrangeas prefer afternoon shade during our hot summers, they…

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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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Scale

Scale Incects

Scale Insects are a wide variety of insects that don't move as adults, have some kind of covering for their bodies, and feed on the sap of plants. There are two main categories of scales, soft and armored (or hard)…

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