Mid-Summer Irrigation

Question: I dug a hole to plant a new tree and found that the soil was very dry below 3 inches. I am concerned about whether my trees and shrubs […]

Natural Controls for Summer Plant Insects and Diseases

Some insects and diseases are worse during hot weather. Insects multiply faster and some diseases grow faster during hot weather. Check your plants more frequently for holes and discolored leaves. […]

Bark Mulch Reduces Water Loss and Reduces Weeds

Bark dust mulch not only improves the appearance of shrub and tree beds, but reduces water loss and weed sprouting. The most common bark is from Douglas Fir trees. It […]

Strawberry Runner Plants

Help, I am being overwhelmed by strawberry runner plants and I don’t know what to do with all of them. I planted a strawberry patch 3 years ago and it […]

Summer Shrub Pruning

Question: My shrubs have become irregular in shape. Is this a good time to prune them? A neighbor said I should wait until fall. Do I need to wait until […]

Line Trimmers Can Damage Trees

One of the more popular uses of line trimmers is to trim grass and weeds growing around trees. An occasional use around a well established tree probably does little damage. […]

Time to Irrigate

With the exception of newly planted plants, I have not had to irrigate until this week of hot weather. Even now there is still moisture in the soil available for […]

Lawn Mowing Height

Question: How often should I mow my lawn? My neighbor lets his lawn grow up to about 3 inches and then whacks it back to less than an inch. Isn’t […]

Control worms in cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower

You may have noticed those little white moths flying around your cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and related vegetables. Or you may have noticed holes in some of the leaves. The moths lay […]

Spray and thin apple trees now

If you want apples without worm holes, regular biweekly spraying with a fruit tree spray is necessary. If you do not have a lot of untreated apple trees nearby, you […]

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