Spring Garden Tips
Pests, Disease and Weed Management


Pick a Bit of Purslane for Your Salad

Put down the weeder and break out the harvest basket. The weed you are trying to kill may be a tasty addition to your salads and sandwiches.

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Chemical-free Quackgrass Control

It seems to be everywhere – your garden, lawn and cracks in the sidewalk. Quackgrass is that aggressive perennial grass that can quickly take over lawns and gardens.

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Celebrate National Dandelion Day - It's Not Just a Weed

Stop. Don't pull those pesky yellow flowered dandelions popping up in the lawn and garden. These beautiful flowers have not only been used as bouquets for mom and crowns for children, but have a long medicinal and edible history.

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Tar Spot on Maples

Don't let the black tar-like spots on your maple tree make you fret. Though one of the more noticeable, it is one of the less damaging of the fungal leaf spot diseases.

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Pine Needle Scale

White flecks on your mugo pine does not mean the house painter was careless. It's more likely that your evergreen is infested with pine needle scale.

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Attract Insect Eating Toads to the Garden

Toads make great gardening partners. They eat insects, slugs and snails and ask for very little in return. Help attract these natural predators to your garden with just a few changes in your gardening habits.

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Creating a Pest Management Calendar

Is your mailbox filling with next year's calendars? Put them to use managing pests in the garden.

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Scale Insects on Weeping Figs

Falling leaves on weeping figs (Ficus benjamina) is common with a change of season. It's also a common response to insect feeding.

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