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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…

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Grubs

Grub Control

Grubworms are the larval form of various beetles, the Masked Chaffer being the most damaging in Kansas. When the grubs are at their largest in late summer they can do considerable damage to lawns by eating the roots of the…

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Nut Grass

Nutgrass Control

Nutsedge, sometimes called nutgrass or watergrass, looks like tall, thin, glossy blades of grass in the lawn and in landscape beds. It is actually in the sedge family. The fastest way to identify it is to roll an entire spring or…

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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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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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Bagworm

Bagworm Control

Bagworms are one of the most damaging pests to evergreens in Kansas. Bagworms are easily recognized by the bags they sew together from needles or leaves off of their host plant. In large numbers, they can defoliate and kill juniper,…

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Black Spot

Black Spot on Roses

Some varieties of roses are prone to a fungal disease called Black Spot. Symptoms include yellowing leaves with black spots. It starts on the lower leaves and works its way up the plant when there are periods of high humidity…

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Pear Rust

Pear Rust

Homeowners often want to know why their ornamental pear trees have yellow to brown spots on the leaves. These leaf spots are caused by cedar-hawthorn rust. It is a fungal disease similar to cedar apple rust that occurs on crabapples,…

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Budworms

Budworms

Have your petunias, geraniums or million bells stopped blooming? Inspect the buds. If there are holes, budworms are the likely cause. Budworms are small caterpillars that are generally green but can be red or brown depending on the color of…

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