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Aggressive, Noxious and Invasive Weeds
Aggressive, invasive, noxious or weedy - what do all these terms mean?
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.
Blossom Drop and Fruit Rot on Vegetables
Don't let blossom drop and fruit rot reduce this season's harvest. A few adjustments in your garden care can help reduce the risk.
Brown Spots on Plums, Peaches and Cherries
Shriveled plums, peaches, apricots and cherries are a symptom of brown rot fungal disease.
Cankers (Sunken Discolored Areas) on Trees
The answer to your tree problem may lie just below the surface, of the bark that is.
Cedar Apple, Quince, or Hawthorn Rust
Don't panic if your red cedar, a type of juniper, looks like it has been slimed. The gelatinous orange substance is the fruiting stage of cedar–apple rust.
Celebrate National Dandelion Day - It's Not Just a Weed
Stop. Don't pull those pesky yellow flowered dandelions popping up in the lawn and garden. These beautiful flowers have not only been used as bouquets for mom and crowns for children, but have a long medicinal and edible history.
Chemical-free Quackgrass Control
It seems to be everywhere – your garden, lawn and cracks in the sidewalk. Quackgrass is that aggressive perennial grass that can quickly take over lawns and gardens.
Clematis Stem Wilt
Your clematis looks beautiful until suddenly the stems and leaves start turning black. Though it looks bad your clematis will survive.
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Colorado Blue Spruce
Colorado blue spruce are a favorite tree of many gardeners. Their bluish green needles and pyramidal shape are a nice addition to the landscape. But several diseases can kill branches and distort their beauty.
Controlling Invasive Queen Anne's Lace
You may be surprised to find the dainty beauty, Queen Anne's Lace, is considered a noxious weed in at least 35 states and invasive in many. Brought here from Europe you'll now find it growing along roadsides, in disturbed sites, and abandoned fields. Its aggressive nature makes it a threat to some native plants.
Crown Rot Causing Sudden Wilting and Death on Ajuga (Bugleweed)
Sudden wilting, yellowing and death of ajuga, also known as bugleweed, means crown rot may have invaded the planting.
Cytospora Canker on Spruce Trees
Your blue spruce is just reaching maturity when suddenly needles start turning a purplish brown and eventually the branch dies. The problem may be Cytospora canker.
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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.
Downy Mildew on Basil
Yellowing along leaf veins, black spots and fuzzy gray growth on basil may mean downy mildew has infected the plants.
Eco-friendly Lawn Weed Control
A healthy lawn is your best defense against weeds. So if you want to reduce the problem - long term- you need to learn a bit more about the weeds.
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Eco-friendly Perennial Garden Weed Control
So it seems your perennial garden is filled with more weeds than flowers. Now is a great time to reclaim your garden by getting the weeds under control.
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On your next winter walk, check apples, pears, quince and other members of the rose family for signs of fireblight disease.
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Golden Canker on Pagoda Dogwood
Don’t let hot dry summers damage or even kill your Pagoda dogwood. Proper care and a bit of pruning can keep them healthy.
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Help with Weed Identification
Is it a flower or a weed? Do I keep it or pull it? These are common questions I hear from gardeners. Fortunately, there are some tools to help with their identification.
January 12-24 Birth Tree is the Elm
If your birthday falls between January 12th and 24th your birth tree is the Elm. You are said to be cheerful, noble minded, have a good sense of humor and are practical.
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Leaf Spot on Rudbeckia
Once thought to be the answer to low maintenance perennial gardens, Goldstrum Rudbeckia's reputation has been tarnished by several leaf spot diseases.
Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Garden Looking Its Best
Keep your plants looking their best and weeds under control with just a few adjustments to your gardening.
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.
Moss in the Lawn
Moss gardens are a beautiful trend in the gardening world. But for many gardeners moss in the lawn and garden is a source of frustration.
Mulch Your Way to a Beautiful Low Maintenance Garden
Summers are filled with barbeques, vacations, and caring for our landscapes. Mulching is one way to save time and effort over a season or two, giving you more time for fun.
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Pick a Bit of Purslane for Your Salad
Put down the weeder and break out the harvest basket. The weed you are trying to kill may be a tasty addition to your salads and sandwiches.
Powdery Mildew on Peonies
Peonies are long lived, low maintenance plants. But in recent years many gardeners are finding the leaves of their peonies covered with a white powdery substance. The culprit is powdery mildew and seems to be an emerging problem on peonies in the landscape.
Prune Out Raspberry Pest Problems
Put away the chemicals and break out the pruners to control pest problems on raspberries.
Pull Now - Benefit Later; Controlling Ragweed
Give your hayfever a break this season. Celebrate National Ragweed Control Month by removing these unwanted weeds before they flower.
Selecting Mulch for the Garden
Mulch can beautify your garden, suppress weeds, moderate soil temperature and conserve moisture. Consider both function and beauty when selecting mulch for your landscape.
Southern Blight (Crown Rot)
Crown rot, southern stem rot or southern blight are different names for the same disease. Infected plants develop yellow leaves that eventually collapse and die. A close look at the crown of the plant reveals rotting tissue.
Tar Spot on Maples
Don't let the black tar-like spots on your maple tree make you fret. Though one of the more noticeable, it is one of the less damaging of the fungal leaf spot diseases.
It starts with one little plant. Next thing you know your garden is overrun with them. Some start from seeds that have been dormant in the soil for years while others move in on the wind, in soil additives or with garden transplants.
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Weed Control in the Garden
No matter the time of the season, weeds seem to grow and thrive. Keeping them under control will give you a healthier, more productive and attractive garden.
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Weed Your Garden Day - June 13th
Break out the cupcakes and balloons and get ready to celebrate Weed Your Garden Day on June 13th.