Posts Tagged ‘ Pests & Weeds ’

Why you should plant butterfly weed, plus more tips from Master Gardeners

March 7, 2017
butterfly weed

Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a butterfly magnet. It’s a native plant and doesn’t get serious diseases. Not only that, deer usually avoid it. The only negative thing about the plant is that it has “weed” in its name, according to an article in this month’s issue of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the...
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New group forming on permaculture; intro presentations set for Feb. 4 & 11

January 31, 2017
treetops and cloud in Hamburg NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A new group called Permaculture of Greater Buffalo will hold an introductory presentation on permaculture from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 in Ashker’s Juice Bar & Cafe, 1002 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. The same presentation will be given at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Ashker’s. The room is...
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Indoor & outdoor plant tasks, plus more news from Master Gardeners

January 17, 2017

Every month, the Master Gardeners of Erie County share great information through WNY Gardening Matters, their online publication. January is a time for planning for the coming season. In “This Month in the Garden,” the Master Gardeners give us some direction for our planning. In the same article, get tips for houseplants as well...
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Prune oak trees now to protect against spreading disease called oak wilt

January 17, 2017
oak wilt

Pruning oak trees in winter can help protect the oaks from becoming infected with oak wilt, a fungal disease that can be deadly for oaks, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The disease was discovered in six new locations in New York State last year and can be spread by beetles...
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What to do about mealy bugs on houseplants, plus more tips

December 13, 2016
mealybug courtesy Bugwood

Mealybugs can be a problem for your houseplants during winter. Find out what to do about this pest in the newest edition of WNY Gardening Matters, published by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Mealybugs are tiny, but they’re a problem because they suck fluid from plant, weakening the plant...
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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

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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