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Protecting Perennials from Pests and Diseases

Perennials aren't especially pest- or disease prone if there's good air circulation and regular watering. But some pests and diseases can become perennial problems. Read on for their descriptions and some [more…]

How to Deal with Pests in Herb Gardens

Believe it or not, many herbs are pest-free, which is one of the reasons gardeners find these plants so easy and fun to grow. Some herbs even repel pests from themselves as well as adjacent plants. However [more…]

Using Companion Planting to Deter Pests in Vegetable Gardens

Many vegetable gardeners use a technique called companion planting to reduce pest problems. A companion plant is one that provides some sort of benefit to other plants growing nearby. Some plants are grown [more…]

How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

Deer are among the most troublesome of garden pests. A deer or two can ravage an entire garden overnight. Deer eat plants and trample vegetation, and bucks rub their antlers on young trees to remove the [more…]

Make Your Garden Less Inviting to Pests

Organic gardening helps you make your garden less inviting to pests. Most pests are opportunists that take advantage of weak or stressed plants and take up residence where the eating is easy. Here are [more…]

Keeping Rodents Out of the Garden

Rodents such as squirrels groundhogs, moles, and meadow voles can do a lot of damage to a garden. Even though these small rodents don't eat everything overnight, you need to find a way to keep these pests [more…]

How to Keep Rabbits Out of the Garden

Rabbits nibble the foliage of almost any garden plant, returning day and night to finish the job. Rabbits tend to eat vegetables and flowers in spring and summer; sprouting tulips are a favorite spring [more…]

Using Organic Gardening Disease-Control Products

In organic gardening, preventing plant stress and environmental imbalances are important in controlling disease. The only plant diseases you can control effectively after the plants become infected are [more…]

Fighting Garden Pests the Organic Way

To manage garden pests without using harmful insecticides you have to know what to look for. Here's a short list of insects that can damage your garden vegetables and flowers and the organic gardening [more…]

How to Deal with Common Garden Diseases

Many names of plant diseases describe the symptoms they cause, such as powdery mildew, leaf curl, and club root diseases. Some diseases attack only one plant part, whereas others can affect the entire [more…]

Beneficial Insects in the Garden

Not all garden insects and bugs are bad. In fact, gardens rely on beneficial insects to keep the general insect population in balance. Beneficial insects are the ones that prey on or parasitize insect [more…]

Insects that Damage Your Garden

Whether you have container gardens or in-ground gardens, battling destructive insects is inevitable. When insect eggs hatch, they become larva, immature insects, which is often the most plant-destructive [more…]

Effective Barriers Against Common Garden Insects

If you find a troublesome insect invading your garden, don’t make insecticides your first response. Pests can’t damage your plants if they can’t get to them. Block their access with simple, but effective [more…]

Using Soaps and Oils to Combat Garden Insects

Soaps and oils kill a wide range of pest insects, but affect beneficial insects, too. Insects breathe through pores in the cuticle that surrounds their bodies. If you plug up the pores, the insects suffocate [more…]

How to Prevent Common Garden Diseases

Plant diseases are a concern in any garden. Several different kinds of organisms cause plant diseases. Viruses are the toughest ones because they’re incurable — all you can do is try to prevent them. Bacteria [more…]

Diagnosing Perennial Plant Diseases

You may be surprised to find out that perennials can get sick by their own versions of the same organisms that attack people — fungi, bacteria, viruses, and microplasma. Plant diseases are primarily water-borne [more…]

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