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Prevent powdery mildew from getting worse

By Erin McIntyre

Powdery mildew is one of those problems that is immediately obvious, once you know what to look for. Here’s the bad news: Most local gardeners know it so well because everyone deals with it this time of year. This disease’s ...


Tomato plants require a bit of patience before they bear fruit

By Dennis Hill

Since my yard is small, I don’t have room for a big garden but I still found a spot to plant one tomato. I planted it a little late — toward the end of May, but it’s a very hardy-looking and large plant. It’s been ...


Clean cut may be best for willow

By Dennis Hill

I have noticed this large crack running most of the way down the trunk of my willow tree. The crack is where a branch comes off the trunk. The branch is pretty large — it probably makes up a fifth of the total tree canopy. This situation ...


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YARD OF THE MONTH: JUNE

By Staff

Richard and Jenny Schriener’s yard is amazing! Jenny, who is originally from Korea, loves flowers and created a beautiful space in this yard over the 11 years the couple has lived at 3659 N. 15th St. The previous owners had used red ...


Heavy mulch around house attracts ants

By Dennis Hill

We were told by a pest control company that the mulch next to our house was contributing to our ant problem. I’d prefer NOT to put rocks in those beds. Is there any kind of mulch that is not attractive to ants?        ...


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Johnny-jump-ups in the john

By Erin McIntyre

Nobody ever said your garden had to be in rows, in planters you bought from a big-box store or in cookie-
cutter containers. There are no terra-cotta garden police monitoring yards to ensure you used little brown pots. Sometimes ...


Brown spots on lawn could be fungus

By Dennis Hill

Help! Our lawn is looking terrible! We live out on the Redlands, and we were out of irrigation water a week or two ago. We worried about that, but the lawn came through in pretty good shape. We started watering again once it was back on and ...


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Add some pop to your garden

By Erin McIntyre

Whoever said flowerbeds were only for flowers is really missing out. Limiting your veggie garden to tomatoes and zucchini is such a drag, too. Consider the idea that amongst the rows of green, you can integrate plants that feed your eyes and ...


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Mulberries can be a bit messy, and grow quick

By Dennis Hill

I have a volunteer plant that came up at the base of a dying maple, but the leaves are different. It’s sort of sprawling and about 4 feet tall. I’m not sure what to do with it. — Barbara From the photo you sent, it looks ...


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Soy sauce key to trapping pesky earwigs

By Dennis Hill

Something is eating my young plants. My flower and vegetable plants have lots of little holes in the leaves and hardly anything left on some of them. I’ve looked and looked but I haven’t found anything chewing on them. ...


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