Archive for the ‘Problems’ Category

postheadericon Plants that don’t attract japanese beetles – japanese beetle resistant plants

Plants that don’t attract japanese beetles – japanese beetle resistant plants

Image by .Larry Page By Heather Rhoades If you own one of the plants Japanese beetles attack, you know how frustrating this insect can be. It is devastating if you own plants Japanese beetles attack to watch the beloved plants devoured in a matter of days by these hungry and creepy bugs. While eliminating Japanese beetles can be challenging, one of the things you can do is to grow plants that deter Japanese beetles or plants that don’t attract Japanese beetles. Either of these options will allow you to have…

postheadericon How to kill wasps – how to eliminate wasps from your yard

How to kill wasps – how to eliminate wasps from your yard

Image by Louise Docker By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Yellow jackets, paper wasps and hornets are the most common types of wasps that build their nests right where you don’t want them – in and around the lawn and garden. While these insects are often seen as pests due to their nasty stings, they’re actually important for the garden as both predatory insects and pollinators. However, when their nests get a little too close for comfort, like in the yard, it’s sometimes necessary to eliminate wasps to…

postheadericon Pests on ornamentals and vegetables: whitefly treatment in the garden

Pests on ornamentals and vegetables: whitefly treatment in the garden

Image by aviatorjk By Heather Rhoades In terms of garden pests, whiteflies are one of the most bothersome that a gardener can have in their garden. Whether they are on ornamentals or vegetables, whitefly control can be tricky and difficult. But controlling whiteflies in the garden is not impossible. Let’s take a look at the answer to the question, “How do you get rid of whiteflies?” Identifying the Garden Pests Whiteflies Whiteflies are part of a group of sap sucking insects that can cause problems in the garden. Other sap…

postheadericon How do i get rid of ants in my garden?

How do i get rid of ants in my garden?

Image by Dino Quinzani By Kathleen Mierzejewski One of the most common household or yard pests has got to be the common ant. There are over 12,000 species of ants, believe it or not, and the most common of those is probably the regular pavement ant. These are the little culprits that come into your home as soon as you spill sugar and forget to sweep it up. They like sweets and if they don’t find them outside in your gardens, they will come inside and find what they need….

postheadericon Identifying and controlling root weevil

Identifying and controlling root weevil

Image by David Evans By Heather Rhoades Root weevils are a plant pest both indoors and outdoors. These destructive little insects will invade the root system of a healthy plant and then proceed to eat the plant from the roots up. Identifying and controlling root weevil in your garden and houseplants can keep your plants from suffering unnecessary damage. Identifying Root Weevils Root weevils can be one of several kinds. The most common in the garden is the black vine root weevil or the strawberry root weevil. The black vine…

postheadericon Sow bug control – how to get rid of sow bugs

Sow bug control – how to get rid of sow bugs

Image by Mark Crossfield By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Sow bug control in the garden is a tricky process, as the bugs like moisture and gardens cannot exist without water. Good cultural practices can help reduce sow bugs in the garden, as well as other, more destructive bugs that damage crops. How to Get Rid of Sow Bugs Sow bug control begins with cleaning up debris in the garden. Rake up and remove dead plant matter, bricks, wooden planks and anything that gives sow…

postheadericon Tent worms: tent caterpillar home remedy

Tent worms: tent caterpillar home remedy

Image by techfun By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Eastern tent caterpillars (Malacosoma americanum), or tent worms, are more of an eyesore or slight nuisance rather than an actual threat. However, getting rid of tent caterpillars is occasionally necessary. We can look at how to prevent tent worms and how to kill tent worms, if necessary. About Tent Worms Although often confused with fall webworms, tent caterpillars are quite different. Tent worms are active in early spring while webworms become active near fall. Tent worms make their tent-like…

postheadericon Skeletonized plant leaves: causes for skeletonization of leaves

Skeletonized plant leaves: causes for skeletonization of leaves

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Bonnie L. Grant Leaf problems abound in the home landscape but nothing is more puzzling than the causes of skeletonization. Skeletonized plant leaves are but a shadow of themselves, with window panes of damage throughout the leaf. The reasons for skeletonizing leaves may stem from insect or disease and occasionally chemical injury. Most common are insect pests whose feeding behavior is along the veins of the foliage. Recognize the signs of these pests so you can control them and prevent skeletonized…

postheadericon Mosquito repelling plants: learn about plants that keep mosquitoes away

Mosquito repelling plants: learn about plants that keep mosquitoes away

Image by piX dust By Anne Baley A perfect summer evening often includes cool breezes, sweet flower scents, relaxing quiet time and mosquitoes! These annoying little insects have probably ruined more barbecue dinners than burnt steaks. Not only do they hurt and itch when you get stung, they can carry serious diseases such as West Nile Virus. You can repel mosquitoes with harsh chemicals, but they’re often not suitable for young children and can irritate many people. As a gardener, why not put your talent to good use and cultivate…

postheadericon Diy wasp trap info: do homemade wasp traps work

Diy wasp trap info: do homemade wasp traps work

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Bonnie L. Grant Homemade wasp trap instructions abound on the internet or you can also purchase ready-made versions. These easy-to-assemble traps simply catch the wasps and drown them. Almost any household container can be converted quickly and easily into an effective wasp trap. The best wasp traps on the market can’t hold a candle to your homemade version. Learn how to make a homemade wasp trap in this article. DIY Wasp Trap Info Wasps are terrifying to many people who have…