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Posts in category Pests and Diseases

Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain, Rain Go Away
Slug control products are flying off the shelves as gardeners desperately seek ways to protect their hostas, strawberries and lettuce from these slimy and voracious pests. Snails and slugs leave slimy trails and holes in foliage, flower buds, and fruit as they feed. It’s been a wet summer in the Northeast and nearly every day […]

Chuck Attack!

Chuck Attack!
The woodchucks are back — cuter than ever. My nemesis The woodchucks in our neighborhood have broken the perimeter in our backyard. Since late spring, they have found ways to penetrate the forcefield that protects our phlox, asters, echinacea and balloonflowers. As soon as one breach is sealed, they find another weak point. They’ve even […]

Praying Predators

Praying Predators
New residents fill contact center with excitement. One of the immature mantids. It was a frosty January morning when I arrived at my desk in the Gardener’s Supply call center to find a small box and a note. The box contained about 15 praying mantid egg cases; the note read: “These came in unsolicited; we […]

Woodchuck Foiled

Woodchuck Foiled
Gardener saves salad from neighborhood bullies. The Pop-Up Net can be used over a 3×3-foot bed (as shown) or anchored right to the ground. It’s the time of year when I walk the perimeter of our backyard and make repairs to the fence. It’s the only thing that separates our perennials from the gang of […]

Biopesticides

Biopesticides
Control pests with environmentally-friendly substances derived from natural sources. Delphinium seedlings are prone to damping-off disease. The sowing instructions for the delphinium seed I ordered from New Zealand recommend adding a fungus to the germinating mix. Say again? Researchers discovered that a beneficial trichoderma fungus protects plant roots from other, disease-causing, fungi. The trichoderma fungus […]

Woodchuck Woes

Woodchuck Woes
To make sure your garden is protected from groundhogs, get a fence. The Animal We live in the city, but we still have plenty of wildlife. For many years, our big problem was woodchucks—also known as groundhogs. They’d come into the garden and chew prized perennials right to the ground. These herbivores preferred phlox, echinacea […]

Spinosad: a New Option for Control of Lily Leaf Beetles

Spinosad: a New Option for Control of Lily Leaf Beetles
Products with spinosad offer one more control option for lily leaf beetles. Flower gardeners are a peaceful lot—at least until someone comes between them and their favorite blooms. Then, they get mean. At least some of us do. It was about three years ago that I first heard whisperings in the halls at Gardener’s Supply […]

Cochineal: A Pest Redeemed

Cochineal: A Pest Redeemed
Opuntia cactus covered with white scale insects. I hate scale. This persistent insect pest eventually caused the untimely death of my prized Meyer lemon tree. During the annual winter infestations, I would try to keep the insect in check with periodic applications of Neem oil, but after several years of battle, I grew weary of […]

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