Garden Pest Solutions

Discover how to keep your garden growing by getting rid of the pests with these tips and ideas.

I have a Red Maple tree that is losing its bark. The tree still blooms, but has gotten worse over the last 2 years. Can it be saved?

Hello, Jessica. This looks like sunscald damage(explained below) from a few years ago.  If this is the only damage to the tree; I think it will be fine.  The tree is healing over, but it looks like it will take a few more years to completely heal.  Watch the area to make sure bugs are not eating the [...]

I have standing water in my dry creekbed that gets algae. How do I keep that from happening?

Thank you for your question, Kim. I'm not sure if there was any product underneath the rock of the dry creek bed.  If you used plastic or fabric, you may need to poke holes in it to help aerate so the water is able to go through.  Also, there may be frost still in the [...]

My neighbor cut down their tree, now we have sprouts and weeds. What should we do?

Hello, Lisa. Once the tree was cut down there was a change with the amount of sunlight the area is now getting. Because of this there may be seeds that are now germinating with the new found sun.  Use Earl May Super Brush and Weed Killer.  This provides control of hard-to-kill weeds and will not kill grass [...]

Can you tell me what is wrong with my plant? Will it spread to other plants?

Hello, Kaitlyn. From the picture it looks like you have mealy bugs on your schefflera plant.  Use "Bonide" Insecticidal Soap to help control.  Thoroughly spray the insects, including the undersides of the plants leaves.  Repeat treatment weekly or bi-weekly if needed. Check her other plants to see if the mealy bugs have spread and treat them as well.

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