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Managing Aphids in the Garden
By: Admin    July 20 2018 , 08:20 am
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Category: Insects , Gardening
Are aphids keeping you down? Aphids are a troublesome pest that have the potential to wreak havoc on trees and gardens.  Aphids are soft, pear-shaped bugs and come in a variety of colors such as black, green, gray, yellow, light green, and sometimes pink. Aphids reproduce rather quickly and can spread diseases to other plants, but eradicating them is not impossible. Noticing an Aphid Problem Due to their small size, they can be hard to spot with the naked eye. There are other ways to detect these insects, however. Aphids feed by using their proboscis to suck the fluid from plants, typically on buds or young shoots. This causes leaves to curl, stunt, or yellow. They will leave the leaves or stems covered in “honeydew,” which is a sticky sap secreted by the aphids. This sap will attract ants to plants and can cause sooty mold to grow on branches and leaves that make them...
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How Snakes Can Help Your Garden
By: Admin    July 16 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Snakes , Gardening
Did you know that snakes can be helpful gardening companions? Despite their helpful traits, more people are afraid of snakes than of public speaking. Snakes have a dangerous and repugnant reputation to humans. Usually, the initial reaction when one sees a snake is to get rid of it as soon as possible. If you have a garden, however, some snakes could actually earn their keep and protect your plants from being eaten! Garter Snakes The garter snake is probably the most well-known garden snake. Garter snakes are non-venomous and there are about 35 different species of them. Most garter snakes can be identified by the three stripes that run along the length of their body. However, some garter snakes do not have any stripes, and others have a checkered pattern instead. They tend to have a light underbelly and come in red, gray, turquoise, orange, yellow, and green. Their bodies are slim a...
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Chore Chart for Your Summer Garden
By: Admin    July 05 2018 , 04:10 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Need a chore schedule for your summer garden? It is easy to let those lazy summer days pass by in a haze. Optimize your garden with this month-by-month guide of the best way to budget your time this summer! You will have beautiful blooms the entire season, and be prepared for the autumn climate shift when the time comes. June The first month of summer is a great time to get work done before the hottest days of summer approach. Take advantage of the beautiful June weather before the scorching heat of late summer and get all your seeds planted that you have been saving up. June is a great time to mulch if you want to reap the benefits. Mow your grass to about 2 1/2 inches in length. Any shorter can cause weeds and increase the damage done by drought. Deadhead and pinch back flowers and plants that need it. Succession planting can be a great way to plan crops f...
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Earwigs in the Garden
By: Admin    June 29 2018 , 08:00 am
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Category: Insects , Gardening
Earwigs are a common garden pest. Most gardeners will notice they have an earwig problem if the leaves of their flowers, lettuce, celery, or fruits have holes in them.  These creepy crawler invaders, also known as pincher bugs, are nocturnal and harder to come across during daylight hours. There are a few things to consider before you take action and exterminate the earwigs. If some of your bigger pests are aphids, snails, slugs, or larvae then the earwig may be beneficial to keep. Earwigs tend to eat the aforementioned pests. However, if earwigs are proving to be too much of a nuisance, refrain from using simple pesticides to get rid of them. These can harm benign insects, such as butterflies, which are helpful in your garden. Natural Pest Removal MethodsYou can try many natural alternatives to pesticides to relieve your earwig problem. Earwigs thrive in damp, dark places. By ...
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Repurposing Items into Planters
By: Admin    June 12 2018 , 08:30 am
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Category: Gardening , DIY
Plants can thrive in more than just pots. When you think of a potted plant, the first image that usually comes to mind is a typical clay pot. Instead of spending money on the traditional route, there could be a host of options around your house just waiting to be upcycled into a chic, new planter!Old ToysTo satisfy the kid in your house or the kid in your heart, turn those old plastic animals or even dinosaur toys into a planter!Most children’s toys are hollow, which is why they make great planters for smaller plants like succulents. Spray paint them to look more modern or leave their natural color to give them a vintage feel. The next thing you will need to do is cut a hole out of the toy’s top that is big enough for your plant. Be careful not to overwater in these planters, as the toys typically lack any kind of drainage. You could drill small holes in the bottom if it becomes an issue, especiall...
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