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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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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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Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent Candles
By: Admin    June 26 2018 , 01:40 pm
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Category: Outdoors , DIY
Summertime living isn’t quite so easy, thanks to mosquitoes. Hot, sticky weather encourages these dreaded insects to proliferate. Banish them from your outdoor spaces with DIY repellant candles! Your summer will be much more enjoyable without constantly swatting mosquitoes or suffering from their itchy bites. These mosquito repellent candles smell lovely and can even save you money in the long run. Repellent Candle Guide How do you make these handy candles? You will need unscented candle wax in bar or flaked form, jars for your candles, wicks, and essential oil. There are various essential oils that are known to ward off mosquitoes. The best known is citronella, but you may also use clove, cedarwood, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass, or any combination of them! The first step is to glue the wicks to the bottom of the jar. You can repurpose an empty ...
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