Spring Garden Tips
Pests, Disease and Weed Management


Avoid Planting Invasive Vines

Avoid future problems by keeping invasive beauties out of your landscape.

Several common garden vines have escaped the boundaries of our gardens and moved into the surrounding natural spaces. These invaders crowd out native plants, disrupting the ecosystems needed by the birds, bees and other wildlife.

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A New Invasive Insect Pest

Gardeners, be on the lookout for invasive insects. You've probably heard about the Asian Long horn beetle and more than 24 states and several provinces in Canada have found Emerald Ash borers (pictured here) feeding on native and landscape ash trees. The latest invader, the lanternfly, was discovered just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September.

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Managing Powdery Mildew on Bee Balm

If you've grown bee balm you probably know about powdery mildew. This fungal disease produces a powdery white film on the leaves. This prevents sunlight from reaching the leaves that can eventually yellow and brown. Fortunately, you can reduce your problem with proper selection, siting and spacing.

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Peeling and Cracking Bark on Trees

Cracks on tree trunks and peeling bark may indicate there are problems with your tree's health.

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Needle Cast on Spruce

Purple needles turning brown and branches dying on spruce may mean the tree is infected with needle cast fungal disease.

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Colorado Blue Spruce

Colorado blue spruce are a favorite tree of many gardeners. Their bluish green needles and pyramidal shape are a nice addition to the landscape. But several diseases can kill branches and distort their beauty.

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Eco-Friendly Crabgrass Control

Reduce crabgrass problems in your lawn and garden with a few basic lawn and garden care practices.

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Managing Boxelder Bugs

Black and orange bugs congregated on the sunny side of your house in fall are likely boxelder bugs. They are not harmful to plants and people, but certainly are annoying.

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