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Attract Beneficial Insects with Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
Many gardeners know and grow bee balm (Monarda dydima), but its beautiful mildew resistant cousin spotted bee balm is often overlooked.
Attract Insect Eating Toads to the Garden
Toads make great gardening partners. They eat insects, slugs and snails and ask for very little in return. Help attract these natural predators to your garden with just a few changes in your gardening habits.
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Avoid Planting Invasive Vines
Avoid future problems by keeping invasive beauties out of your landscape.
Several common garden vines have escaped the boundaries of our gardens and moved into the surrounding natural spaces. These invaders crowd out native plants, disrupting the ecosystems needed by the birds, bees and other wildlife.
Bats - Nature's Pest Controller
Paper silhouettes of bats mounted on the wall, carved into pumpkins or hanging from the ceiling are a common sight around Halloween. But they really should be considered a good friend to gardeners.
Containing Aggressive Plants
Mint, beebalm, and purple coneflower are garden favorites that often get out of hand. Tame these and other garden bullies with a few planting and maintenance strategies.
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Crazy Worms Amynthas Invading Woodlands and Gardens
Crazy worms are invading woodlands, gardens and golf courses. They've been in the southeast United States for years, but are now spreading to other areas of the country.
Creating a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
Don't Let Aggressive Bargain Plants Take Over the Garden
So you've found a plant that blooms all season, tolerates a wide range of growing conditions and needs little maintenance. Sound too good to be true? It probably is.
Don't Move Firewood
Cooler air and the crackle of burning wood mean fall for many. But don’t destroy the forest by moving firewood. Instead use wood from local sources.
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Dragon and Damselflies - Nature's Prehistoric Insect Hunters
Attract a few of nature's prehistoric insect hunters, the dragonflies and damselflies, to your garden. You'll enjoy their beauty, acrobatics and fewer insects thanks to their eating habits.
Eco-friendly Control of Asparagus Beetles
You wait all winter for your asparagus harvest and so do the common and spotted asparagus beetles.
Eco-friendly Control of Bean Beetles
Holes in the leaves of bean plants mean insects have moved in to share the harvest. Don't fret there are some easy ways to manage these pests.
Eco-friendly Insect Control
Every garden season is filled with beautiful or tasty surprises and a few challenges. You can prevent or reduce challenges and damage caused by insect pests and still be kind to the environment.
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Lumps on leaves and bumps on stems have your landscape plants looking like something from a horror movie.
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House Centipedes, Nature's Pest Controller
Think twice before smashing that centipede you find scurrying across the basement floor. It's helping keep the bad bugs under control.
Invite Frogs and Toads into the Garden
Celebrate National Frog Month by inviting insect and slug-eating toads and frogs into your garden.
Inviting Spiders in the Garden and Managing Them in Your Home
Halloween, scary movies, and myths have given spiders a bad reputation. Don’t let this bad press scare you into destroying these garden helpers.
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Low Maintenance Eco-Friendly Garden Tips
Reduce maintenance and be kind to the environment with a few simple changes in your gardening practices.
Be waterwise. Reduce water use by growing drought tolerant plants and mulching the soil to conserve water. And always water thoroughly and only when needed to encourage deep, more drought tolerant roots.
Managing Boxelder Bugs
Black and orange bugs congregated on the sunny side of your house in fall are likely boxelder bugs. They are not harmful to plants and people, but certainly are annoying.
Managing Invasive Plants
Buckthorn, honeysuckle and Tree of Heaven are just a few of the landscape plants that have left the garden and invaded our natural spaces.
These aggressive plants outcompete and crowd out our native plants, destroying the food and habitat needed by wildlife. They also invade our gardens, crowding out desirable plants.
Managing Picnic Beetles
Eat up and clean up to keep those little black beetles from enjoying your harvest.
Managing Self-seeding Perennials
Self-seeding perennials can be considered a gift or curse. Put these plants to work for you in your garden.
Multi-Colored Asian Lady Beetles Move Indoors
As seasons change many insects are looking for a sheltered space to spend the winter. This includes the multi-colored Asian Lady beetles that can become a nuisance when moving into and congregating in your home for the winter.
Nature's Pest Manager, the Soldier Beetle
Stop, don't smash that insect. Take a closer look, it may be one of the beneficial insects helping keep garden pests under control.
Organic Pest Control Products
Consider organic pest products when you need to manage weeds, insects and diseases in the garden.
Pine Needle Scale
White flecks on your mugo pine does not mean the house painter was careless. It's more likely that your evergreen is infested with pine needle scale.
Help the pollinators and add a bit of unique beauty to your garden with Rattlesnake Master.
Scarlet Lily Beetle
Holes in lily leaves may mean the scarlet lily leaf beetle has moved into your garden.
No, the neighborhood kids have not been spitting in your garden. The spittlebug, also known as the froghopper, is the culprit.
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Test Before Treating the Lawn
Insects can damage our lawns, but many of the insects in the soil are essential for creating and maintaining healthy soil and plants. So make sure insects are the cause of your failing lawn before breaking out the sprayer.
The Ash Tree - November 22 - December 1 Birth Tree
If your birthday falls between November 22nd and December 1st your birth tree is an ash. You are said to be uncommonly attractive, very reliable and trustworthy.
Use Row Cover for Chemical-Free Insect Control
Prevent insect damage on your vegetables with the help of floating row covers. These spun fabrics let air, light and water through, but prevent many insects from reaching the plants.