Bring Their Tents Down
Eastern tent caterpillars seem to be everywhere in spring. If left alone, these caterpillars can eat a lot of leaves – and cause a lot of stress to trees.
IPM: Integrated Pest Management
Want to keep the pests away without using chemicals? Practice integrated pest management! Learn what IPM is to how it helps prevent pest problems.
Easy Invasive-Plant Management
Most home gardeners find it painful to pull up a beautiful plant, but even “reliable” garden species can have a dark side. The characteristics that make some favorite flowers seem “perfect” for the garden might happen to be the same characteristics of a noxious weed. Many invasive plants started out as non-native ornamentals planted in backyard gardens. Once they escaped into native plant communities, though, they began to take over. Are you unknowingly harboring some plant felons in your yard? Taking seven easy steps can help make sure that your garden stays free of such noxious invaders.
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Soil Types: The Basics
Discover the three mineral components of soil – sand, silt and clay - and how all are present in loamy soils.
Finding Your Place in the Shade
If you want to start a shade garden, you need to evaluate your garden site. By noting your area’s sun levels and soil conditions, your shady-garden vision can come to light!
Don’t Hate-a the Cicada
They’re baaack. (And they’re large and noisy.) For parts of the US, cicadas are coming out of hiding after more than a decade. But don’t panic – they’re harmless.