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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Make Plant Choices to Prevent Pests and Disease

Spring is around the corner, and there’s a whole lot of planting going on.  One of the features of the winter nursery is the availability of bare root plants.  Bare root plants are not actively growing plants. They’re usually dug when they’re dormant and then refrigerated until it is time to ship to the nursery …

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Ticks carrying Lyme Disease found at CA Beaches

May is National Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and it’s a good idea to learn more about this debilitating disease and how to prevent it. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection; in our area it’s primarily transmitted by black-legged ticks. These tiny arachnids are typically found in wooded and grassy areas. Although people may think of …

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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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