Insects

Eco-Friendly Pest Control

April 18, 2012
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Prevention is key to organic pest control. Start by “creating a healthy growing environment,” says Jack Algiere of Stone Barns Center in Pocantico Hills, New York. Also, be on the lookout for pests “before you see damage to your plants,” advises Peter Jacobsen of Jacobsen Orchards in Yountville, California. But what if pesky insects—like aphids, mites, or beetles—or powdery mildew won’t go away? Try these expert-recommended, eco-friendly solutions. 

Pest Detective: How to Detect Sudden Oak Death

April 09, 2010
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As homeowners begin their spring gardening, they can act as detectives for invasive plant diseases and insects. One disease in particular, sudden oak death, which has primarily been found along the western U.S. coastal areas, has made an appearance in Pennsylvania on some nursery stock, creating concern for a potential spread of the disease in eastern United States. The news release below gives gardeners specific information on how to detect and report any plants they suspect might carry this disease.