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 Q: While raking leaves, leaves from a neighbor's maple tree have blown into our yard. Most of these leaves have large black patches on them, usually one or two per leaf. We have no maples, so … more
This is a time of year when little is happening in the garden. Weeds either have been pulled, or won't be — until next spring. I've cut back most flowers, both perennial and annual. The ground … more
So much is being said about insect pollinators lately, especially the honey bees, bumblebees and other bees numbering something like 20,000 species worldwide. Pollinators also include many flies, a variety of beetles, our lovely butterflies and … more
We really don't need the calendar to let us know that autumn begins this coming, Friday, Sept. 22. Yellowed and browned leaves of bearded iris and daylilies, red and purple spots on the foliage of disease-ridden peonies, and faded flowers and … more
'Tis the season of home insect invasions!Not all insects die with onset of cold winter, many winter over in leaves, under bark or elsewhere outside. The wooly bear caterpillar, or woolly worm, is the … more
With deciduous trees and shrubs shedding their leaves, it would seem all that's left to stare at for the next five to six months is the gray or brown bark of stems and branches. You may be thinking: … more
I've never calculated how much I spend each year on bird seed, but it's considerable. I know people some spend a lot more, who think nothing of buying big bags of two or three kinds of specialized … more
As an organic gardener, I am always looking for ways to minimize the chances of pests or diseases in my garden. I don't use fungicides or insecticides, not even those that are all-natural and are … more
Q: Isn't it kind of late to be seeing a monarch butterfly on Oct. 27? I saw one in my yard in Adams on that date.— Laura, AdamsA: I saw one in our backyard that faces the golf course on Crane … more
The appearance of yellow, and subsequently brown, needles on white and other pine species in late September and early October often leads some people to conclude that their trees are in peril. Fear … more
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