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  • How to Handle Common Houseplant Pests

    How to Handle Common Houseplant Pests

    Outdoors, pest populations are kept in check by rain and diseases and by birds, beneficial insects, and other predators; indoors, however, plant pests can proliferate very quickly with nothing to…

  • Bagworm

    Save Your Trees from Bagworms

    Easily one of the most asked-about pests are bagworms. The evergreen bagworm (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) is an insect that makes distinctive spindle-shaped bags during its larval stage. If left uncontrolled, larval…

  • Protect plant sprouts

    Tips About Pest Control, Window Boxes, Comfort, Protecting Sprouts, and Watering

    Winning Tip: Protect those sprouts I was searching for a way to help protect young sprouts and encourage their growth. I had used plastic container collars before, but birds and…

  • How-To

    Northern Plains Disease Watch: Thousand Cankers Disease

    Thousand cankers disease is a serious threat to the Northern Plains black walnut (Juglans nigra, Zones 4–9). Understanding the disease can help prevent the loss of these ecologically and economically…

  • How-To

    35 Pest and Disease Remedies

    by Sharon Lovejoy   I’ve found that awareness and a quick response are two of the best allies against garden foes. By knowing my plants, as well as their pests and…

  • How-To

    Control Pests and Diseases Safely With Neem

    A natural, nontoxic spray can keep your garden healthy

  • How-To

    The Helpful Green Lacewing

    Green lacewings are slender, bright, green-bodied flies that have massive appetites and use their big, sickle-shaped mouthparts to consume soft-bodied insects like aphids, thrips, white flies, and spider mites, as…

  • scale insect damage on leaves
    Kitchen Gardening

    Controlling Scales, a Common Pest of Fruit Trees

    Scale insects can be serious pests for fruit and nut trees, currants, grapes, and raspberries. Here's how to deal with them.