Garden Pest Solutions

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

Get Rid of Nutsedge!

Uggghhh...you walked outside and noticed a new weed popping up.  What is it?  Is it Nutsedge?  If so, how do I get rid of it?  Those are all questions commonly asked at our garden centers each day.  The weather conditions in our area have been prime for Nutsedge this season and like most homeowners in [...]

Solutions for Japanese Beetles

Be prepared!  The Japanese Beetle has been spotted in in the Midwest. Japanese Beetles are not picky about what they eat and can cause a great deal of damage in a short period of time.  They chew on almost 300 different varieties of plants.  Some favorites include asparagus, fruit trees, raspberries, grapes, maple trees, birch [...]

Sound advice for dealing with annoying Suckers!

Maybe you’ve seen them in other yards, or even had to deal with them in your own. Those little sprouts, called suckers, that come out from the base of plants or tree trunks can be very aggravating to deal with. There’s a multitude of reasons a plant my send up these sprouts or “Suckers,” and [...]

Expert advice for controlling bagworms

Sound advice from our Earl May Experts on controlling bagworms: Hand-picking is the best way to control light infestations on small plants during the dormant season. Destroy bags by burning or by crushing. If bags containing larvae are discarded on the ground, the larvae may return to the host plants. Plan to apply insecticides to [...]

2017 Moonsign Pamphlet

Gardening by the sign of the moon has been a long standing tradition among some gardeners.  Whether it is the best time to plant leafy greens and vegetables, when to cultivate, or the best dates for harvesting, LLewelyn's 2017 Moon Sign Book has all the information needed to determine these best dates according to the [...]

How to Get Rid of those Little Gnats!

Small Flying gnats are a common problem in a lot of homes.  These Gnats seem to come out of nowhere and are more of an annoyance then anything. While there are several sources and types of gnats, it may surprise you that these gnats may be coming from your houseplants!     Fungus gnats actually [...]

Best Control For Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie…Ground Ivy…Stupid Weed!  Whatever you want to call it, it’s annoying, and worse yet, it creeps.  And it creeps quickly.  Today it’s a small weed, tomorrow it’s everywhere! Creeping Charlie (officially called Ground Ivy) is a vine that grows close to the ground and produces tiny purple flowers. It can't be pulled because the vines [...]

Get rid of Moles, Voles, and Holes in your Yard

Have you ever stepped on your lawn only to find that the ground was soft and almost looks like you have tunnels running through it.  If that has happened to you then you may have a mole problem.  Don't worry though, the moles aren't after you, they are after tasty grubs and worms that are [...]

What are the Bumps on My Tree Leaves?

Those bumps on your tree leaves are more than likely Galls.  Galls are actually created by the trees themselves, it's in response to the damage created by egg-laying insects.  The saliva from the insects initiates plant hormones the creates an abnormal cell growth.  This growth must occur while the leaves are still growing (usually in [...]

What is Blossom End Rot On Vegetables?

Blossom End Rot is very common on tomatoes, peppers, squash, cucumbers, and melons.  It usually forms on the bottom of the fruit causing a brown, water-soaked spot.  The cause of this?  A calcium imbalance in the fruit.  The imbalance occurs when there are fluctuations in soil moisture or excessive fertilization. What can you do? Pick and [...]

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