Category Archives: Garden Pests

Up Close and Personal: Japanese Beetle

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This Summer’s Bumps in the Road

Gardeners (and farmers) always face plant-growing challenges based on weather conditions and which wildlife and insects are currently thriving or struggling. Usually by late June I’ve got a pretty good handle on how the rest of the summer should play … Continue reading

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A Zest for Zinnias

My mom and I have both noticed that the Japanese Beetles are crazy for the cream-colored zinnias we planted in our gardens this year. The beetles that visit my yard every summer have usually been too busy munching on roses, … Continue reading

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Let There Be Light!

The Emerald Ash Borer has been identified in our county, so over the next decade we may lose thousands of trees to this damaging beetle. Rather than waiting for the destruction, our city is removing many ash trees as a … Continue reading

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Chomping Chipmunks

I’ve been bamboozled by chipmunks. They made a mess of my planters this year, but they left my lilies untouched throughout the entire summer. That lulled me into a stupor, and I decided it was okay to order some replacement … Continue reading

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My Most Successful Crop

I don’t know what weed this is, but I’m not exaggerating when I say I have a “gazillion billion katrillion” of them growing in my flowerbeds. They are taking over the world. They pop up in clumps of a hundred … Continue reading

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Hedging My Bets

Last summer my favorite new-to-me annuals were Milady asters. I grew ‘Milady Lilac’ and the beautiful ‘Milady Deep Blue’ (pictured below): The bunnies also loved my new discovery. They spent most of the summer “trimming them back” for me. This … Continue reading

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“Get Back to Where You Once Belonged”

If you’ve ever looked at a range map in a North American bird guide then you know it’s rare to find a bird that’s common year-round in the entire United States and Canada. But that’s the case with the House … Continue reading

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Bug Season

I finally got a chance to hand-till my annual beds yesterday. We got 3.25 inches in less than 24 hours last week and it came down in sheets. The soil got pounded down and baked in the sun to a … Continue reading

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I Have Seen the Enemy

Something has gotten into the chipmunks this year. I don’t know if there are too many of them in a small area, or if they are still recovering from the long winter and are low on food sources, but they … Continue reading

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