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2014 All-America Selections (AAS) Flower Winners
As you plan your gardens for 2014, be sure to include a few or all of the All-America Selection Flower Winners. They are tested throughout the U.S. and Canada and selected for their unique qualities and suitability for the home garden.
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A New Invasive Insect Pest
Gardeners, be on the lookout for invasive insects. You've probably heard about the Asian Long horn beetle and more than 24 states and several provinces in Canada have found Emerald Ash borers (pictured here) feeding on native and landscape ash trees. The latest invader, the lanternfly, was discovered just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September.
Add Color to the Fall Landscape with Asters
Add some color to your fall garden with Asters.
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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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.
Caring for Garden Fresh Cut Flowers
Bring a bit of your garden’s beauty indoors for all to enjoy. Fresh cut flowers right from the garden make everyday a special occasion.
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Compact Hardy Coneflower Varieties
So many coneflowers to choose from and so little space. Don't worry, there are quite a few compact varieties suited to containers and both small and large gardens.
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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Contrast Colors and Texture to Add Pizzazz to the Garden
Is your garden looking a bit drab? It's time to liven things up with a few new plant combinations.
Creating a Pest Management Calendar
Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.
Dangling Sunflowers Caused by Sunflower Headclipping Weevil
It's not vandals or strong winds that broke the broken stem of your sunflowers. It may be the work of the sunflower headclipping weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus).
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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Fall Blooming Pollinator Plant - Alma Potschke Aster
The bright rose pink flowers of Alma Potschke aster are sure to grab your attention. Consider adding this aster to your landscape for a blast of fall color and late season nectar for the butterflies and bees.
Fall Décor for Your Landscape
The cooler temperatures of fall signal a change of season and an opportunity to add some fall décor to the landscape.
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Family Fun Feeding the Birds
Plants are the easiest way to bring birds into your landscape, but you may want to increase the number and diversity of winged visitors by supplementing with a few feeders.
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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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Gardening on a Budget
We are all looking for ways to make our dollars go further. And that includes landscaping and gardening projects.
Give 'em a Pinch - Pruning Flowers
Replace your plant stakes with pruners to keep some of your floppy flowers full of blooms and standing tall.
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Heat Loving Annuals for the Garden and Containers
Give summer gardens and container plantings a boost by incorporating a few heat-loving annuals.
Heat Stall: Caring for Non-blooming Annuals
As the temperatures rise many annuals slow down or stop flowering. Don’t let heat stall stop you from enjoying your summer garden.
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.
Increase Your Garden's Beauty with Late Spring Grooming
Save yourself some maintenance and improve the beauty of your landscape with some late spring grooming.
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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Learn More & Celebrate Daisy Flower Month
Brighten up your day and celebrate Daisy Flower Month with a visit to your favorite florist.
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 and Enjoying Reseeding Perennials
More is often considered better, except when it comes to unwanted seedlings. Self seeding perennials mean lots of free plants to move to other gardens in the landscape, but sometimes it just means more unwanted plants to control.
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 Self-seeding Perennials
Self-seeding perennials can be considered a gift or curse. Put these plants to work for you in your garden.
Memorial Day Gardening - Planting Sunflowers
Memorial Day is a traditional planting weekend for many of us. Whether you are just getting started, changing out your seasonal displays or finishing up, consider adding sunflowers to your landscape.
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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.
Native Nectar Plant - New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Give the Monarch butterflies a nutrient boost for their long migration south with the help of the New England Aster. You, the monarchs and bees will find these North American natives growing along roadsides, in meadows and prairies. Consider adding a few to your garden.
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.
Safely Store Landscape Products
Whether you’ve gone organic or use traditional fertilizers and pest management products you need to store them properly for safety’s sake and their longevity.
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Save Money by Starting Plants from Seed Directly in the Garden
Maximize your plant budget and enjoyment by starting plants from seeds right in the garden.
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.
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.