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postheadericon What is miticide: tips on how to use miticide on plants

What is miticide: tips on how to use miticide on plants

Image by Alpha By Jackie Carroll Mites are one of the most difficult garden pests to control. These tiny arthropods are closely related to spiders and ticks. When temperatures are high and humidity is low, mite populations grow rapidly. Since they are so tiny and difficult to see, you may not notice them until they are out of control. Sometimes miticidess are useful when these pests get out of hand. Keep reading to learn about the types of miticide available, tips for choosing a miticide and how to use miticide…

postheadericon Natural homemade dog repellents

Natural homemade dog repellents

Image by Todd Dwyer By Heather Rhoades Dogs are a very popular house pet but they are not always the best things for our garden. Whether you are looking to keep your own dog out of some parts of the garden or keep the neighbor’s dog out, there are many natural and organic methods to do this. Let’s take a look at a few. Homemade Natural Dog Repellent Chili Pepper – This is one of the most common and most effective dog repellents. It is what you will commonly find…

postheadericon What is nomesa locustae: using nomesa locustae in the garden

What is nomesa locustae: using nomesa locustae in the garden

Image by The Marmot By Anne Baley Contrary to what the cartoons may have you believe, grasshoppers are voracious critters that can ruin an entire garden in just a matter of days. Getting rid of these plant-eating machines is often a tightrope walk between killing the grasshoppers and keeping the food safe for your family. Nosema locustae pest control will solve both of these problems. It’s completely organic, doesn’t interact with any humans or animals and will kill off most of the grasshoppers in your garden within one season. Using…

postheadericon Epsom salt and garden pests – how to use epsom salt for pest control

Epsom salt and garden pests – how to use epsom salt for pest control

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com Epsom salt (or in other words, hydrated magnesium sulfate crystals) is a naturally occurring mineral with virtually hundreds of uses around the home and garden. Many gardeners swear by this inexpensive, readily available product, but opinions are mixed. Read on to learn more about using Epsom salt as pesticide, and how to use Epsom salt for pest control in gardens. Epsom Salt and Garden Pests You may be familiar with using Epsom as fertilizer for your garden plants or even…

postheadericon Helping your plants with a neem oil foliar spray

Helping your plants with a neem oil foliar spray

Image by Nikki Phipps via Gardening Know How By Bonnie L. Grant Finding safe, non-toxic pesticides for the garden that actually work can be a challenge. We all want to protect the environment, our families and our food, but most non-chemical products available have limited effectiveness. Neem oil insecticide is everything a gardener could want. What is neem oil? It can safely be used on food, leaves no dangerous residue in the soil and effectively reduces or kills pests, as well as prevents powdery mildew on plants. What is Neem…

postheadericon Chinch bugs in lawns: learn about chinch bug control

Chinch bugs in lawns: learn about chinch bug control

By Bonnie L. Grant Have you spotted large dead patches of sod in your lawn? It could be a disease but may also be the work of pests that are just a fraction of an inch long. Chinch bug feeding damage begins with yellowed patches of grass but progresses to fully dead spots. What are chinch bugs? These insect pests are known to plague turf grass across North America. There is a species for almost every climate and their activities cause irreparable damage to lawns. Read on to learn more….

postheadericon Wheat curl mite control – tips on treating wheat curl mites on plants

Wheat curl mite control – tips on treating wheat curl mites on plants

By Amy Grant Have you ever grown garlic or onions and been distressed to see that the plant has stunted gnarled, yellow streaked leaves? Upon closer inspection, you don’t really see any insects. Well, it’s quite possible they’re there but just too small to see without a microscope. You are probably looking at wheat curl mite damage. What are wheat curl mites and what wheat curl mite control is there? Read on to learn more. What are Wheat Curl Mites? Wheat curl mites (Aceria tulipae) are tiny, almost microscopic plant…

postheadericon Repelling bad bugs with plants

Repelling bad bugs with plants

Image by Karen Blakeman By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) There is no way to get around having insects in the garden; however, you can successfully scare the bad bugs away by incorporating useful plants into your landscape. Many plants can serve as bug repellants. Keep reading to learn more about repelling bad bugs with plants. Plants That Deter Insect Pests A number of herbs, flowers, and even vegetable plants can make ideal repellents for insect pests. Here are some of the more commonly grown: Advertisement Chives and…

postheadericon Lawn grubs – how to get rid of grub worms

Lawn grubs – how to get rid of grub worms

Image by John A. Weidhass, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Bugwood.org By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Lawn grubs live in the soil eating grass roots and leaving your yard brown and unattractive. Not only can these pests damage the lawn, but their presence also invites unwelcome wildlife that feed on lawn grubs – digging up patches of grass in search for them. The majority of grub worms come from Japanese beetles, which lay their eggs in midsummer in sunny areas of the lawn. Taking care of this problem is…

postheadericon Insect leaf damage: something is eating holes in plant leaves

Insect leaf damage: something is eating holes in plant leaves

Image by swyz By Liz Baessler It’s disheartening to go to inspect your garden in the morning, only to find holes in your plant leaves, eaten at night by some unwelcome creature. Luckily, the pests that eat your plants leave telltale signs in their chewing patterns, meaning you can easily figure out what you’re up against and fight back accordingly. Keep reading to learn how to fight this insect leaf damage. What’s Eating My Garden Leaves? So something is eating holes in plant leaves. What could it be? If big…