June 2, 2022
One way to encourage visiting beneficials to be permanent pest patrollers is to grow flowers that are good producers of nectar and pollen; with your help… Read More
May 10, 2022
The larvae of syrphid flies resemble a green caterpillar, and the adults are often confused with bees.
They do in fact eat aphids with relish!
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May 1, 2022
Companion planting is the practice of combining plants in ways that produce extra benefits for one or both. It is an aspect of IPM (Integrated Pest… Read More
April 21, 2022
With the onset of warm weather, we're hearing reports of thrips damage. These destructive insects wreak havoc in gardens, so we're devoting time to learning more… Read More
April 7, 2022
The spittle bugs have returned. Soon you will start to see globs of foam on some perennials, grasses and leafy shrubs that resembles, well, spit.
Spittle bugs… Read More
March 24, 2022
Aphids are destructive! They are small soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices. The whitish cast skins can be mistaken for whiteflies, an entirely different problem. That’s… Read More
March 22, 2022
Predators hunt, attack, and kill their prey. Encourage these natural enemies by avoiding pesticides that kill them; choosing plants that provide them pollen, nectar, and shelter… Read More
January 30, 2022
It’s that chilly time of the year when we gardeners daydream about the upcoming spring, plant seeds for cool-season veggies, finish pruning shrubs and roses, and… Read More
January 16, 2022
These plants are usually left alone by gophers. It should be noted that many plants that are deer resistant are also gopher resistant.
Shrubs: Arbutus unedo, Buddleja… Read More
January 2, 2022
Ah yes, the perennial gopher problem. There is a reason they made the movie Caddyshack!
In all honesty, there is not one sure-fire solution to removing gophers… Read More