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Weeds In Landscape Beds

Weeds are nearly inevitable in landscape beds.  Luckily there are multiple ways to prevent and control the problem so that your plants can grow without competition.  The first line of defense is to make sure an area is completely clean…

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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. There are several landscape plants can be used purely for there ornamental value but have the added benefit…

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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 but 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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Nut Grass

Nutgrass Control

Nutsedge, sometimes called nutgrass or watergrass, looks like tall, thin, pale 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…

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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, a fungus. After the spring rains, the fungus will be covered in orange tentacle-like growths that release spores.…

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Aphids

Aphid Control

Aphids are small, soft insects with sucking mouthparts. They come in a variety of colors and can attack a wide variety of plants as well. They are generally found under leaves and on tender new stems, often in colonies. The…

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Bagworm

Bagworm Control

Bagworms are one of the most damaging pests to evergreen 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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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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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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