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      Apple tree in full bloom


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      By seagull   Tuesday, May 5, 2015 4:50:47 PM

      Aphid Control

      In my experience garlic spray works if it is on the plant before the aphids arrive. It doesn't drive them away if they are already there. Yellow sticky traps will catch aphids during their winged phase, when they are migrating to new plants. Ladybugs are good strategy for gardeners with big gardens, but it's not likely to work for smal container gardens. When the ladybugs have eaten all the aphids, they fly away in search for more aphids in other gardens, leaving my plants defenseless.

      By humptydumpty   Wednesday, May 6, 2015 4:50:27 PM

      Bean Leaf Beetle Control

      Foliar insecticide applications are effective, but do not protect against injury by larvae. One experimental study in Alabama showed that insecticide incorporated into citrus pulp bait and applied to leaves was very effective for bean leaf control.

      By humptydumpty   Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:50:27 PM

      Brown Stink Bug Control

      Synthetic pyrethroids are effective but dymethoate is only effective against small nympths and methomyl is less effective because of its short residual activity. Spraying is best done in the morning. Spring plantings are at lesser risk than summer planted crops.

      By humptydumpty   Wednesday, May 6, 2015 3:50:27 PM

      California Red Scale Control

      Scales are controlled by combination of cultural, biological and chemical methods. Cultural control starts with maintaining tree health. Scale damage will increase with improper fertilization or poor soil or water management. Proper pruning is also very important for scale control. Pruning to open the tree canopy increases mortality of scales by lowering humidity and increasing exposure of scales to heat.

      By humptydumpty   Wednesday, May 6, 2015 1:50:27 PM

      Chinch Bug Control

      Jerry Baker recommends the following solution: 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid to 1 gallon of water to pour on the area. Then, put a white flannel sheet or other soft, white cloth on top of the grass. Wait 15 or 20 minutes, then peek under the fabric. It should be teeming with chinch bugs who have crawled toward the surface to escape the soap. Gather up the cloth and dunk it into a bucket filled with soapy water. Then, get out the hose, and spray your lawn thoroughly to remove the soap residue.

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      Flower of the Day

      Altai pansy also called Tartarian violet (Viola altaica)
      Altai pansy (Viola altaica) also called Tartarian violet (perennial)

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