Root Maggots blog post

How to: Manage Root Maggots in Your Garden

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There are many species of root maggots. Root maggots come from dark green-black fly that look like small houseflies. These flies lay their eggs in the roots of your plants. These maggots are very small, yellow-white larvae with pointed heads. They feed upon the roots causing stunted growth, deformaties, and could lead to death of the plant. Treatment can vary depending upon the type of fly that lays their eggs, but there are many organic […]

Gophers blog post

How to: Manage Gophers in Your Garden

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These small rodents can create quite a challenge in your garden. They create tunneling systems and eat roots along with shrubs and vegetables.   Treatment Options: Cats & dogs are effective hunters of gophers, mice, and other small rodents! Flooding the tunnels with water can be effective. The gopher hawk is a reusable trap that’s very effective and doesn’t use any chemicals or poisons! The Victor Black Box is a reusable trap that’s very effective […]

Leafhoppers blog post

How to: Manage Leafhoppers in Your Garden

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Leafhoppers are tiny insects that suck sap from your plants while spreading pathogens.   Treatment Options: Our DIY cucumber beetle traps using yellow cups, sticky glue, and clove essential oil have also been shown to catch leafhoppers. See our blog post for more details!   Placing insect netting (floating row covers) over your garden is the best way to prevent leafhoppers from attacking your plants.   Yellow sticky traps have been shown to be effective […]

Fruit Worms blog post

How to: Manage Fruit Worms in Your Garden

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Fruit worms can be extremely aggravating to deal with. Prevention is key with these pesky critters! It is important to work to try and prevent these from ruining your fruit.   Treatment Options: Removing all the surrounding debris and weeds from around your trees or bushes can help to prevent egg laying by the moths. Hand picking infected fruits and disposing of them can help prevent spread of the worms. Use the organic pesticide, BTK […]

Japanese Beetles blog post_

How to: Manage Japanese Beetles

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Japanese beetles, or june bugs, are metallic green with bronze wing covers. The larvae of the beetle, called grubs, are white with a brown head. The adults eat and attack foliage, fruits, and flowers while the grubs eat the roots of your plants.   Treatment Options: Hand-picking and placing the beetle in a soapy water bucket is a great way to get rid of these pests.   Companion planting plants with a strong odor, such […]

Rabbits blog post

How to: Manage Rabbits in Your Garden

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While we love having our pet rabbit to help with making free fertilizer, wild rabbits can be quite troublesome for your garden. These small mammals like to eat a lot of your greens and can be tricky to manage once they know where the food is. It is important to keep them out of your garden to protect your food!   Treatment Options: Placing an automated sprinkler to scare the rabbit away is helpful.   […]

Spider Mites blog post

How to: Manage Spider Mites in Your Garden

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These mites are extremely small relatives of spiders. They are typically found on the undersides of leaves. An easy way to check for them is to place a sheet of white paper underneath the leaves and gently tap. If you see moving specks on the paper then you have a problem.   Treatment Options: Putting your beneficial insects to work is one of the best ways to help with spider mites! Releasing or attracting green […]

Birds blog post

How to: Manage Birds in Your Garden

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Birds can be both a pest and an ally in the garden. Birds help with pest control eating a wide variety of insects including aphids, caterpillars, mosquitos, and spiders. On the downside, they will also steal seeds and eat your tomatoes!    Treatment Options: You can protect your seeds by covering them with a layer of burlap or shade cloth. I typically hold it down with a hardware mesh panel because that’ll help keep cats […]

Harlequin bugs blog post

How to: Manage Harlequin Bugs in Your Garden

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The harlequin bugs, or stink bugs, are primarily black with brightly colored markings in orange, red, or yellow on the wings. It lays its barrel-shaped eggs in clusters. These bugs pierce the plant and suck out the juices, causing them to wilt and turn brown. If left untreated, the plant will eventually die.   Treatment Options: Hand-picking bugs and tossing them in soapy water is one of the best ways to ensure that they are […]

Thrips blog post

How to: Manage Thrips in Your Garden

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Thrips are tiny straw-colored insects with two pairs of wings. They can damage plants by sucking out their juices causing discoloration and even death!   Treatment Options: As with most pests, the best solution is prevention. Placing a floating row cover with insect netting will help to prevent these critters from eating your plants. Another good prevention is to remove excess weeds and grass around the garden areas as this can help to attract them. […]