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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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Puncture Vine

Sandbur and Puncture Vine

Sandburs and puncture vines are often confused with 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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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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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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Mushrooms in the lawn

Mushrooms in the Lawn

Mushrooms that appear in grassy areas rarely damage turfgrass. They can be unsightly, however, and fairy-ring mushrooms, in particular, can create a darker green ring in the grass where they are actively growing. Since many mushrooms are also poisonous, they…

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Pine Wilt Nematode

This devastating disease is a large factor in our area's mass die-off of pine trees. Caused by a microscope worm in the tree's vascular system, this disease is moved from pine to pine by the Pine Sawyer Beetle, an insect…

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Ladybug

Attracting Beneficial/Predatory Insects

In bird, butterfly, and organic vegetable gardens, chemicals are often not an option if a pest problem arises. One solution is to attract or buy beneficial or predatory insects. These insects can naturally reduce pest populations. The most common example…

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Controlling Ants

While ants are a natural part of the environment and can even help loosen soils and make them more fertile, often, they are huge pests that can get into our houses or move aphids around on our garden plants. Ants…

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Oak gall

Oak Galls

Oak galls are tumor-like plant growths that appear on oak leaves or twigs. Tiny parasitic wasps or midges cause them. While dramatic looking, they rarely do any damage to the tree. As the tiny larvae of these insects start feeding…

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