Spring Garden Tips
Pests, Disease and Weed Management


Aggressive, Noxious and Invasive Weeds

Aggressive, invasive, noxious or weedy - what do all these terms mean?

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Fencing to Protect Gardens from Woodchucks

Save your vegetables from hungry woodchucks with a secure fence.

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Dangling Sunflowers Caused by Sunflower Headclipping Weevil

It's not vandals or strong winds that broke the broken stem of your sunflowers. It may be the work of the sunflower headclipping weevil (Haplorhynchites aeneus).

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Controlling Invasive Queen Anne's Lace

You may be surprised to find the dainty beauty, Queen Anne's Lace, is considered a noxious weed in at least 35 states and invasive in many. Brought here from Europe you'll now find it growing along roadsides, in disturbed sites, and abandoned fields. Its aggressive nature makes it a threat to some native plants.

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Spotted Winged Drosophila on Fruit

The spotted winged drosophila, an Asian vinegar fly, has moved into parts of North America damaging a variety of fruit. Be on the lookout for this pest.

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Rose Slug - Rose Sawfly

Lacy leaves that eventually turn brown on roses may be a clue that rose slugs, actually a sawfly, are dining on your plants.

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Protect Plants and Containers from Squirrels

Squirrels dig up bulbs, munch on tomatoes and damage containers and hanging baskets. You'll need a variety of techniques and some luck to win the battle with these varmints.

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Manage Pests in the Garden with Bacillus thuringiensis

Organic farmers and home gardeners have been using Bacillus thuringiensis, referred to as Bt, for decades to manage pests in the garden. This naturally occurring microbe found in the soil, produces proteins that are toxic to the larva of certain insects.

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