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postheadericon Wind injury to plants – how to fix wind damaged plants

Wind injury to plants – how to fix wind damaged plants

Image by Rdlamkin By Jackie Carroll Strong winds can damage or kill landscape plants. Dealing with wind damage promptly and properly can improve a plant’s chances of survival, and in many cases, the plant will recover its former graceful glory. Find out about preventing and treating wind damage to plants and trees in this article. How to Fix Wind Damaged Plants Garden plants whipped by strong winds often develop torn leaves and broken stems. Prompt pruning helps prevent diseases that enter through ragged breaks and gives the plant a chance…

postheadericon Ways to get rid of a skunk in the garden

Ways to get rid of a skunk in the garden

Image by Kristine Paulus By Heather Rhoades Knowing how to get rid of skunks is no easy thing. The defensive and stinky nature of skunks means that if you startle or anger the skunk, you could end up getting into some serious, smelly trouble. But getting rid of skunks is not impossible. Let’s take a look at the ways to get rid of a skunk in your garden. Natural Skunk Repellent and Deterrents Here are some common methods for getting rid of skunks in the garden: Advertisement Bright lights –…

postheadericon Leaves dry and paper like: reasons plant leaves are papery looking

Leaves dry and paper like: reasons plant leaves are papery looking

Image by TTshutter By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener If you see papery leaves on plants, or if you’ve noticed papery spots on leaves, you have a mystery on your hands. However, there are several possible causes when leaves are papery looking and brittle. Read on for tips to unravel this conundrum. Why Are My Leaves Dry and Paper Like? Below are the most common reasons for papery spots on leaves and how to fix them: Lack of moisture – Papery leaves on plants are often caused…

postheadericon What are boxelder bugs and what do boxelder bugs look like

What are boxelder bugs and what do boxelder bugs look like

Image by epantha By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com What are boxelder bugs? Boxelder bugs are major nuisances around the house but, fortunately, boxelder bugs in gardens are relatively harmless. Read on to learn more about boxelder bugs, including a few tips for boxelder bug control. What Are Boxelder Bugs and What Do Boxelder Bugs Look Like? Easily recognized, boxelder bugs are black bugs marked by bright red stripes. Adult boxelder bugs measure about ? inch in length. Freshly laid boxelder bug eggs, which are laid…

postheadericon Information on plants poisonous to cats

Information on plants poisonous to cats

Image by Quinn Dombrowski By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Like dogs, cats are curious by nature and will occasionally get themselves into trouble on account of this. While cats do feast on a great many plants, especially those found in the home, they are usually less likely to feed on an entire plant as most dogs will. Nonetheless, you should always be aware of toxic plants to cats in order to prevent any future issues in and around the home so you can keep your feline friends…

postheadericon June bug facts and how to kill june bugs

June bug facts and how to kill june bugs

Image by David Blaikie By Heather Rhoades June bugs, also known as the June beetle or May beetle, can cause damage to many landscape plants and be a pest to the home gardener. June bug insects can be controlled though with a few steps. Let’s look at what are June bugs and how to get rid of June bugs. What are June Bugs? June bugs are scarab beetles. There are several different species that are commonly called June bugs and these include: Advertisement Chafer Beetle Green June Beetle Japanese Beetle…

postheadericon Chipmunk control: eliminating chipmunks from your garden

Chipmunk control: eliminating chipmunks from your garden

Image by hart_curt By Heather Rhoades While TV typically portrays chipmunks as cute, many gardeners know that these small rodents can be as destructive as their larger cousin, the squirrel. Getting rid of chipmunks in your garden is similar to getting rid of squirrels. Chipmunk control requires just a little knowledge. Eliminating Chipmunks with Traps Traps can be an effective way to rid chipmunks from your garden. Since chipmunks are small, you can use the same types of traps for chipmunks that you would for rats. Both snap traps and…