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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 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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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 their…

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Weeds In Landscape Beds

Weeds are nearly inevitable in flowerbeds. Luckily, there are multiple ways to prevent and control the problem so that your flowers can grow without competition. The first line of defense is to ensure the area is completely clean of weeds…

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Little Barley Grass

Little Barley Grass

Little Barley is a short grassy weed that becomes noticeable in late May or early June when it turns brown. It germinates in the fall and grows inconspicuously through the winter and spring before dying out in summer. Its seed…

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Pear Rust

Pear Rust

Homeowners often inquire about the cause of yellow to brown spots appearing on the leaves of their ornamental pear trees. These spots are attributed to cedar-hawthorn rust, a fungal disease akin to cedar apple rust but caused by a distinct…

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Growing Tomatoes

Here are a few tips for growing the best tomatoes. 1. improve your soil by mixing Cotton Boll Compost into your existing soil before planting. 2. Set the plant slightly deeper than the container. 3. Water with a starter solution…

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Hosta Francee

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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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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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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