Posts Tagged ‘ Pests & Weeds ’

Simple and cheap tips for preventing deer & rabbits from eating your plants

November 15, 2016
soap slivers to keep deer and rabbits out of your garden

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can never have too many tips for keeping deer and rabbits away from our plants. Even if we find something that works, the animals often get used to that technique and we have to try something else. Here are a bunch of tips. One is from me, but the...
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What to do in your garden now, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

November 1, 2016
autumn leaves on ground in Glen Park

Use the last of the season’s leaves as a natural mulch to enrich soil, conserve moisture and protect plants against changes in soil temperature. That’s just one of the tips you’ll get in the article on what you should do this month in the garden, part of this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters,...
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For desperate gardeners, new idea to keep deer out of your garden

October 4, 2016
Mike Dunn of Atlanta created what he calls a deer grate to keep deer from entering his property along the driveway. Because the deer grate can be slippery when wet, he built a narrow pedestrian path alongside. Atlanta was in the middle of a drought, but on the day that the group from the garden communicators convention visited last month, it poured. Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko I saw some beautiful gardens when I was in Atlanta a couple weeks ago to attend the conference of GWA: The Association of Garden Communicators. But since the climate is so different there, I wasn’t sure I would be able to bring back any tips that would help us here...
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Fungal disease may affect vinca minor, plus more info from Master Gardeners

August 30, 2016
vinca minor in Amherst NY by Stofko

If you’re noticing dying stems and leaves on your vinca minor (also known as myrtle or periwinkle), it might not be due to the dry weather. It might be a fungal disease. You find out more in the article “Potential Problem with Vinca Minor,” one of the articles in September’s edition of WNY Gardening...
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Late blight can occur even in dry weather, plus three more articles from Master Gardeners

August 22, 2016
tomato late blight

Is tomato late blight and potato late blight possible in a dry year? Unfortunately, yes. Late blight is the fungus-like disease that has caused devastating losses to tomato and potato gardeners and growers in some recent years. It develops and spreads rapidly in a wet year. But high relative humidity is all late blight...
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Oak tree suddenly lose leaves in August? Tell DEC

August 15, 2016
oak wilt

If you see an oak tree suddenly lose leaves during August, report it to the New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). The tree could have oak wilt, a very serious tree disease in the eastern United States, killing thousands of oaks each year in forests, woodlots and home landscapes. Report suspected cases...
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Is it a weed or a plant? Common mullein & more

August 2, 2016
mullein flower in Batavia NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko John Jankowski of Batavia sent me a photo that he wanted me to identify, then asked, “Is it a weed or a plant?” Now, usually I’m no help when people want a plant identified. I’m not a gardening expert, so I almost always have to tell people to contact the...
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Look for this invasive insect in your pool

August 2, 2016
Asian Longhorned Beetle from New York State Department Environmental Conservation by Jessica Cancelliere

It’s again time for pool owners to check their filters and skimmers for the Asian longhorned beetle. If you find one, please report it during the annual Citizen Pool Survey being held through Aug. 30 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). If you don’t have a pool, you can still...
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How are gardeners dealing with red lily leaf beetle?

July 19, 2016
red lily leaf beetle

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question from a reader: “My Asiatic lilies were attacked by the lily beetles last year. “This year they (the red lily leaf beetles) are back in my garden. I literally pulled about 6-8 of my lilies and just tossed them out because they were so bad and distressing...
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Onions, garlic may have a new pest; get other info from Master Gardeners, too

July 5, 2016
Adult allium leafminers

by Connie Oswald Stofko A pest identified in December in Lancaster County, PA may be headed our way. Called the allium leafminer, it likes leeks, onions, garlic, chives, shallots and green onions. It is not known how the allium leafminer may affect ornamental species. You can read more about its habits, how it damages...
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