Diseases & Pests

Roundup (glyphosate) Weed Killer

When to Plant After Using Roundup Weed Killer

Ron asks, “How long do I have to wait to plant after spraying weeds with Roundup?”

While Roundup (glyphosate) weed killer breaks down quickly, you should wait a few days before planting. Read on to find out more.

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Garden plot with scarecrows and rubber owls.

Scarecrows in the Garden

As long as there have been farmers, there have been birds trying to eat their crops. And throughout the ages, farmers have tried to come up with ingenious ways to scare them off. But do scarecrows in your garden really work? Read on to find out.

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Slug eating leaf on plant

How To Control Slugs and Snails in Your Garden

If you’re wondering what’s been munching on the plants in your garden, there’s a good chance the culprits are slugs or snails. Read on to find out how to control these slimy garden pests.

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Mushroom growing on rotting organic matter.

How to Deal with Mushrooms in Your Yard

Jacob asks, “I have mushrooms popping up all over my backyard. Is there any way to stop them?”

Mushrooms are the fruiting structures of large fungi which live underground and feed off decaying organic matter in the soil. Read on for tips on how to control mushrooms in your yard or garden.

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Ladybug or lady beetle

How To Use Predator Insects to Control Garden Pests

One of the best ways to control pests in your garden organically is through the use of beneficial predatory insects. Sometimes all you need to do is encourage the natural predators that already live in your yard; but you can also take steps to increase the population. Read on to find out more.

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Planting bed covered with wood mulch

Does Wood Mulch Attract Termites and Other Insects?

Jon asks, “Does wood mulch attract termites and other insects to your yard?”

Wood mulch doesn’t create more insects than are already in the area, though it can provide moisture and protection to allow termites to tunnel into your home. Read on to find out more.

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Holding a piece of wire grass

How to Control Wire Grass in Your Lawn

Our farm is infested with wire grass. Next to poison ivy, it’s probably the single most insidious weed we’ve got here. Wire grass has to be tracked down and completely killed or removed, and that’s likely to need doing more than once. Read on to find out how to deal with wire grass in your yard.

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Praying mantis on branch

Use Natural Insect Predators to Control Garden Pests

Rather than using toxic chemicals to keep insect pests out of your garden, consider adding natural predator insects – like ladybugs, praying mantis, tiger beetles, and lacewings – to reduce pest insects that damage plants. Watch this video to find out more.

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