It’s not just Aphids

One of the unwanted visitors to the spring garden arrives just about now.  That pulsating mass of tiny pests that cloak the new growth on your roses, viburnums, or peach trees are at best an unsightly nuisance and at worst, creatures that can damage tender new growth on plants and spread disease.  Welcome to the …

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Earth Day 2022 – Take Action!

Earth Day is April 22, with this year’s theme, Invest in our Planet.  Since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, it has generated public support for the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, and the Endangered Species Act.  Check out …

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Curly foliage is not what you want on your peach tree!

You don’t need a calendar to know that it’s spring. Signs of the season abound as bulbs pierce the ground with vibrant bouquets and trees and shrubs begin to flower. New foliage erupts from the bare branches and slender stems of prized fruit trees creating visions of bountiful crops, fresh peach pie, baked pears, or …

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Clean up to Prevent Garden Problems

What in the world is garden sanitation?  It’s simply the removal of plant material that can harbor pests and disease.  By removing debris from your garden, you reduce the ability for pests and pathogens to negatively impact your garden next spring.  Remove all badly diseased or pest infested plants, trash, weeds, and dying plant parts. …

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Moths are Pollinators Too!

Birds, bees, and butterflies as important pollinators.  Did you know there are lots of other pollinators, like ants, beetles, moths, and even the wind?  While often considered the ugly cousin of the butterfly, moths are not only beneficial pollinators, they’re often equally gorgeous! There are more species of moths in the U.S. than all the …

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Christmas Bird Count Week

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) occurs December 14 to January 5 every year. The CBC is a long-standing program of the National Audubon Society, with over 100 years of community science involvement. It is an early-winter bird census, where thousands of volunteers across the U.S., Canada, and many countries in the Western Hemisphere go out …

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Bees and Neonics

Neonicotinoids (commonly referred to as neonics) are the most widely used insecticides in the world, commonly used on farms, in our gardens, schools, and city landscapes.  They are systemic insecticides – they are absorbed into plants and can be present in pollen and nectar, making them toxic to bees and many other beneficial insects. These …

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Keep Pests Away from your Figs

It’s National Fig Week – time to recognize this popular fruit that’s actually a little bundle of tiny flowers inside a small, thin sac. Most figs grown in home gardens are called common figs with varieties like ‘Brown Turkey’ and ‘Celeste’, and they’re self-pollinators.  Figs lose their leaves each year and are easy to grow. …

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