Diseases & Pests

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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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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