Diseases & Pests

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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Green June beetle on leaf

Attack of the Green June Beetles

I headed out to my garden early to pick vegetables and had charged well into the tangle of tomato plants before I heard and saw hundreds of huge, green June beetles swarming and buzzing all around me! Read on to find out more.

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Lawn with dead spots from fungal disease.

How to Deal with Grass Fungal Diseases in Your Lawn

Grass fungal diseases can be challenging to deal with, but the right lawn care practices can go a long way toward prevention. Read on for some tips for preventing and treating fungal diseases in your lawn.

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Corn eaten by deer

Vegetable Garden Price to Pay for a Summer Vacation

Deer are abundant on our farm, but for most of the summer, they’ve left my garden well enough alone. However, when I went out of town for July 4th, the deer decided to have an Independence Day feast of their own, and our garden was the main dish! Read on to find out more.

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Japanese Beetle trap hanging from house

Do Japanese Beetle Traps Really Work?

When your garden is being skeletonized by Japanese beetles, those pheromone traps sure do look tempting! And if you hang one in your yard, you’ll certainly be rewarded with a full bag of squirming beetles. But do they actually reduce the number of beetles in your yard? Read on to find out more.

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Spraying aphids on a plant

How to Control Aphids in Your Garden

Aphids are small, soft-bodied insects that colonize and feed on many types of garden plants, causing damage to leaves and shoots and spreading disease. While they can be difficult to spot, aphids are not that hard to control. Read on to find out how.

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Grape leaffolder caterpillars on grape leaf

Using Bt for Organic Caterpillar Control in Your Garden

If caterpillars are devouring your garden, one safe and effective way to get rid of them is by applying Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a naturally occurring, organic bacteria that can be applied as a liquid or powder. Read on to find out more.

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Black spots and yellow leaves on rose bush

How to Control Black Spot Fungus Disease on Roses

Black spot fungus is one of the most common diseases of rose bushes and can cause quite a bit of damage to your rose garden. Black spot is fairly easy to control on your roses with the right treatment and prevention strategies. Read on to find out how.

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