Protect your pets!

It’s National Pet Day and time to think about our beloved animals as they roam around the garden. Are there possible hazards lurking? Pesticides that may harm them? Here are some things to consider: Weed and feed products for grasses are usually applied across the entire surface of the lawn. Those tiny particles contain fertilizer …

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It’s National Spinach Day

It’s National Spinach Day and that crop of delicious greens you’ve been nurturing might disappear overnight.  The culprit?  Likely snails and slugs; they love to eat plants with tender foliage and fruit. Favorites include seedlings and plants with succulent foliage; they seriously damage many vegetable and flowering plants.  These mollusks (related to the octopus!) move …

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What’s that skittering across the kitchen floor?

For most of us, cockroaches are high in the yuk factor; even worse is seeing one running across the kitchen floor.  These are pests of both indoor and outdoor environments that provide food, water, and shelter. During the day, roaches hide in dark, moist areas like cracks, water meter boxes, sewers, and crawl spaces. They …

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Got gnats buzzing around your houseplants?

Enjoying your houseplants but noticing some small flies zipping around the soil? They may be fungus gnats.  These dark, delicate-looking flies look similar to mosquitoes. They’re attracted to light, so you first might notice these pests flying near windows indoors. Check your plant pots. If the soil in the pots is overly moist, fungus gnat …

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Snails and slugs can mow down your spinach

It’s National Spinach Month, and a good time to consider growing your own little crop of greens.  This easy to grow plant is generally seeded directly into the ground, and not transplanted. Check out this video on planting and harvesting spinach.  While the featured yard is in zone 5 versus our Marin zone 9, all …

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