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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Could it be Fire Blight?

Noticed any branches of your pear or apple trees that look like they’ve been torched or scorched? Might be a case of fire blight, a nasty bacterial disease. It most frequently affects pome fruit trees (apples and pears) and related plants – crabapple, ornamental pear, pyracantha, and quince.  Infections may appear scattered throughout the crown …

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Prevent getting Worms in your Apples

If your last crop of apples featured a worm inside that big, juicy fruit, it likely was the larvae of the codling moth, a serious pest of apples that also attacks pears, large-fruited hawthorns, and walnuts. This insect pest can be a bane in the home orchard.  The moth larvae tunnel into the fruit and …

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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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What’s the Difference? Chemical vs Organic Fertilizers

Fertilizing is often referred to as “feeding” plants, but that’s not accurate. Plants feed themselves, producing their own food, sugars, and carbohydrates, through the process of photosynthesis. Plants don’t know or care about the source of needed elements. Chemical (synthetic) fertilizers are manufactured or refined from natural ingredients to make them more concentrated. They are …

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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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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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