Garden Color in Winter and Spring

Amend your existing garden with color The most successful garden designs incorporate and make the best of their settings. Amending an existing design with garden color requires a healthy dose of sensitivity to existing conditions, an eye for plant health, and the ability to capitalize on inherent strong points and dominant features that are already in […]

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Controlling Wasps

When to Control In late summer and early fall, it may become necessary to control wasps (including yellow jackets) in your yard. It is good to take care of the menacing insects before finding one inside your pop can as you are about to take a sip! In August and September, wasps become aggressive scavengers. […]

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Budworms

My petunias and geraniums are budding but they won’t bloom. Why is that? The answer could be the tobacco budworm also known as the geranium/petunia budworm.   Here’s what they do. The adults start to emerge as a tan to brown small moth mid March through mid April. They seek out the buds of flowering […]

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Root Weevil

Why are there notches all over the leaves of my rhododendron? The answer is most likely Root Weevil. Root Weevils are little beetles about ½” long that appear in the late spring and early summer. They prefer to feed on the tender new growth of rhododendron plants in the northwest. They also enjoy eating several […]

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Summer Watering Tips

When the weather is hot and dry and there is no measurable rain, even rookie gardeners are aware that most plants will not survive without regular watering. Unfortunately, just giving them a squirt with the water hose isn’t going to do much to relieve their stress. Wise gardeners give their plants the amount of water […]

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