Creeping garden thugs do a lot of damage

Snails and slugs love to eat plants with tender foliage and fruit. Favorites include seedlings and plants with succulent foliage; they seriously damage basil, beans, cabbage, lettuce, and many other vegetable plants along with dahlia, delphinium, hosta and marigold.  Ripening fruits close to the ground like strawberries are easy targets. And they’ll climb trees to …

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Don’t let ants ruin your tasty fruit and vegetables

Ants on your artichoke plant? Your plum tree or leafy vegetables?  They’re a prime  indicator that sucking insects are feasting on your plants.  There’s a group of soft-bodied insects — aphids, mealybugs, soft scale and whiteflies being the most common, that feed by sucking juices from plants. The direct damage they inflict on the plant …

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Aphids

Seeing your first aphids of the season?  Did you know that these bugs are common in your yard because they love lush, new growth on plants, are attracted to flowering plums, roses, crape myrtles, apples, and many vegetables AND ants will protect them from their natural enemies.  Read more to learn how to manage these prolific …

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