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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. ...


Greta moves into coop under stealth of night

By Erin McIntyre

There’s a new character joining the cast of “As the Coop Turns.” Those of you who have been following my backyard chicken coop opera for years know this is no small change to the plot. The addition of a new resident at the ...


Bermuda grass tough to eliminate

By Dennis Hill

One of the lawns in our townhome complex has patches of Bermuda grass. How do you recommend that we get rid of it? Can it be spread into another lawn across a driveway? ­­— Paul Bermuda grass is one of the toughest weeds ...


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Grow these — a great green thumb isn’t 
required — to punch up your favorite foods

By Suzanne Hanzl

I have been accused of having numerous talents. Sadly, gardening is not one of them. Oh, yes, I have planted many gardens in my life, having ample opportunity, time and space, but then my dedication wore off, weeds conquered and my interest ...


Have a thorny problem with roses? Solution depends upon type of insect

By Dennis Hill

I need some help on my roses. Something is eating the leaves. The missing pieces form almost a perfect circle. I’ve never seen anything chewing on the plant, but every day it seems like more holes appear. What can I do to get rid of ...


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