Archive for the ‘Problems’ Category

postheadericon Getting rid of voles – using vole repellent and how to kill voles

Getting rid of voles – using vole repellent and how to kill voles

Image by Ben Sutherland By Heather Rhoades Voles are among the least talked about and most damaging of the rodents that can invade a garden. These rodents can literally overrun a yard in a short period of time, chewing their way through plant roots, bulbs, stems and seedlings, all the while multiplying at a furious rate. This can leave a frustrated gardener wondering how to get rid of voles that have taken over their yard. Vole eradication is possible with some extra effort. How to Get Rid of Voles Vole…

postheadericon What is milky spore: using milky spore for lawns and gardens

What is milky spore: using milky spore for lawns and gardens

Image by Rob and Stephanie Levy By Jackie Carroll Japanese beetles can strip the foliage from your prized plants in no time. To add insult to injury, their larvae feed on grass roots, leaving ugly, brown dead spots in the lawn. The adult beetles are tough and difficult to kill, but their larvae are susceptible to several biological controls, including milky spore disease. Let’s learn more about using milky spore for lawns and gardens to control these grubs. What is Milky Spore? Long before horticulturalists coined the terms “integrated pest…

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 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 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 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 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…

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…