Garden Sense on Pest Control

garden sense on pest control

Despite headlines of the past year detailing misuse of pesticides, most gardeners realize that some chemical control of plant pests is still necessary for plant health. If the headlines scare

How to Spring Clean Your Pesticide Shelf

Spring Clean Pesticide Shelf

To save or not to save, that is the question. Should we put aside the amazing collection of partly filled boxes, bottles, and sacks of pesticides accumulated for another garden

Pine Bark Aphid Control

Pine Bark Aphid Control

White, woolly patches on the trunks, branches, and twigs of white pines are caused by pine bark aphids, which may also attack Scotch and Austrian pines and an occasional Balsam

Bug Sprays for May

Bug Sprays

In May, everything happens with a rush, plants push out tender new foliage, and gardeners get the urge to sow seeds and to transplant.  But warm showers and balmy days

Thorough Coverage A Must for Good Control

Coverage Control

Whether you apply insecticides and fungicides as sprays, dust, mists, or aerosols, all parts of the plant must be covered for effective control. Fine Cone-Shaped Spray A fine cone-shaped spray

Pesticides For Protecting Your Garden

New Pesticides

Insects are not spontaneous. Those which suddenly attack your garden plants have probably been hiding during the winter.  Some hibernate as eggs on dry plant stems, some as worms in

First Aid for Ailing Plants

first aid for ailing plants

Question: What is wrong with my raspberry bushes? Some of the leaves have turned dark green and curled. They bloom and produce berries, but the berries never fully develop. At

First Principles Of Plant Disease Control

Disease Control

Most garden diseases are caused by invisible agents — fungi, bacteria, and viruses. We cannot see them without a microscope, but we can see the diseases they cause, such as