June 2, 2019
One way to encourage visiting beneficials to be permanent pest patrollers is to grow flowers that are good producers of nectar and pollen; with your help… Read More
May 26, 2019
Aphids are small soft-bodied insects that suck plant juices. The whitish cast skins can be mistaken for whiteflies, an entirely different problem. That’s why it’s always… Read More
May 28, 2017
With the onset of warm weather, we're hearing reports of thrips damage. These destructive insects wreck havoc in gardens, so we're devoting time to learning more… Read More
January 6, 2017
These plants are usually left alone by gophers. It should be noted that many plants that are deer resistant are also gopher resistant.
Shrubs: Arbutus unedo, Buddleja… Read More
January 6, 2017
Ah yes, the perennial gopher problem. There is a reason they made the movie Caddyshack!
In all honesty, there is not one sure-fire solution to removing gophers… Read More
April 28, 2016
The spittle bugs have returned. Soon you will start to see globs of foam on some perennials, grasses and leafy shrubs that resembles, well, spit.
Spittle bugs… Read More
July 8, 2015
Hornets and yellow jackets have been extra busy during the drought. Not only did their nests from last year remain intact (instead of being washed away in rain… Read More
April 8, 2015
Predators hunt, attack, and kill their prey. Encourage these natural enemies by avoiding pesticides that kill them; choosing plants that provide them pollen, nectar, and shelter… Read More
June 2, 2014
The larvae of syrphid flies resemble a green caterpillar, and the adults are often confused with bees.
They do in fact eat aphids with relish!
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May 22, 2014
Companion planting is the practice of combining plants in ways that produce extra benefits for one or both. It is an aspect of IPM (Integrated Pest… Read More