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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
How to Plant a New Lawn

Planting a new lawn is a process that takes quite a lot of work whether using sod, hydro-seeding or just planting seed. The better you prepare the soil, the healthier and greater the lawn will look during the first year and long term down the road. Planting a lawn around a new house requires some soil amendments to rebuild the soil disturbed during construction...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, November 04, 2011
How to dig up your Bulbs for Winter

Now that we have had a hard freeze, it is time to dig up your sensitive bulbs. Certain plants that grow from bulbs do excellent in the treasure valley, but can survive our cold winters.

Cannas and Dahlias are two plants that fall in this category. With a little effort you can enjoy your sensitive bulbed plants year after year. After a hard killing frost cut the stalks down to 8-10 inches above the ground...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, March 18, 2011
Will using dish detergent with my weed killer increase its effectiveness?
This is a very common question that we receive throughout the growing season from homeowners battling weed problems. I find it important to mention it at this time since you felt it was a question that should be asked. When using a garden chemical, if at any point you are not sure what to do, you should stop and ask before you continue, this will prevent you from causing more harm than good or potentially putting yourself in danger.
It is a known fact that using a surfactant will dramatically increase the effectiveness of herbicides as well as many other garden chemicals. Some will give the advice to use a liquid dish-washing detergent in place of a commercially manufactured surfactant in an attempt to save a little money. This suggestion usually stems from more seasoned home owners giving advice to an uncertain friend. But I personally would not recommend it, and here are my reasons why...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Why Nordmann Firs are a Better Christmas Tree
Why is a Nordmann Fir an excellent Christmas Tree?
 
The Nordmann Fir is are one of the best Christmas Trees you can get. Nordmann’s are a superior tree because of these three reasons:

Nordmann Fir’s their needles longer – Have you ever had a Christmas Tree that looked great the day you got it and by Christmas it had looked like it shed half it’s weight in pine needles? If you want a Christmas tree that will have almost all of its needles 30 days after you buy it, you can save your poor vacuum a lot of work by choosing a Nordmann Fir...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
All Things Trees :: 0 Comments :: 4158 Views

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
How to Kill Chinch Bugs

 

Sometimes those brown patches in your lawn are not caused by billbugs or lawn fungus. Another insect that is causing damage to Treasure Valley lawns is the chinch bug.  Adult chinch bugs are about one-fifth of an inch long and black with white wings folded over their backs.  The insect mates early in the season when the temperature reaches 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  The female lays eggs on roots, stems, leaves, leaf sheaths or crevices in nodes and other protected places.  Eggs are laid over a 2 to 3 week period, with one female laying as many as 500 eggs...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, June 09, 2010
How do I Kill Aphids

How do I Kill Aphids?

Aphids are out and destroying trees and shrubs. There are a few ways to kill aphids and prevent them from coming back. 

If you prefer to go the all natural way to kill aphids, you can purchase lady bugs. Adult ladybugs can eat up to a 1000 aphids a day and as a larvae, about half as many! 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Why You Should Fertilize in the Fall

Why You Should Fertilize in the Fall
It's a fact that good lawns need adequate nutrition on a regular basis. A regular fertilization program keeps the grass growing and keeps weeds out. Surprisingly, the most important part of a regular fertilization program is in the fall. In fact, the key to a healthy lawn in spring is how you take care of it in the fall. Fall fertilization should be done in two steps. The first application of fertilizer should be made from early to late September. This application begins the process of recovery from the summer stresses of heat, drought, disease and weed infestation. The second application of fertilizer should be made in late October or November, approximately six to eight weeks after the September application...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Friday, September 11, 2009
How do I Plant a Nursery Bought Tree with the Burlap still Attached?

How do I Plant a Nursery Bought Tree with the Burlap still Attached?
Trees are very easy to plant when you use the proper tools and products. First and most important is the plant location. You must pick an area that will be the permanent home for your new tree. Look to see how tall your tree will grow to be sure that nothing will interfere with the growth several years down the road...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
All Things Trees :: 0 Comments :: 2381 Views

When is a Soil Sterilant Appropriate?

When is a soil sterilant appropriate? 
Ground sterilants are very tough subjects to write about because of the severity of how they work. It is difficult to encourage the application of these types of products because of the misuse of ground sterilants and the accidents that may occur. I have sold these products in the past, but only with GREAT caution being explained to the person applying it. There is no “changing of the mind” once one of these products has been applied. The improper application of these products may cause GREAT damage to you or your neighbor’s property. Ground sterilants can leach...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, September 10, 2009
How to Kill Slugs

How to Kill Slugs
The most effective way to kill slugs is with slug baits. This is due to their eating habits. Slugs cannot tolerate the sun and heat; therefore, they are most active during the night and very early morning. Since slugs are hermaphrodites they may quickly become a major player in the destruction of your flower or vegetable garden....

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, August 06, 2009
Blossom End Rot - Article by Ohio State University

How to Control Blossom End Rot
Blossom-end rot is a serious disorder of tomato, pepper, and eggplant. Growers often are distressed to notice that a dry sunken decay has developed on the blossom end (opposite the stem) of many fruit, especially the first fruit of the season. This nonparasitic disorder can be very damaging, with losses of 50% or more in some years.

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
The Value of Humic Acids In Zamzows Huma Green

THE VALUE OF HUMIC ACIDS IN ZAMZOWS HUMA GREEN 

 
   1.     Humic acids physically modify and improve the soil.
   2.     Humic acids chemically improve the fixation properties of the soil.
   3.     Humic acids biologically stimulate the plant...
 
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Lawn Maintenance :: 1 Comments :: 3116 Views

Thursday, June 25, 2009
The Best Way to Kill Mosquitoes

The Best Way to Kill Mosquitoes by Kim Legg
Now is the time of year that we are beginning to see mosquitoes. Mosquitoes all lay their eggs in a variety of water sources from standing water, tin cans, swimming pools, puddles creeks, ditches and ponds.   The larval stage of the mosquito is always aquatic, where it filter feeds on the top of the water. They stay in the larva stage from 7 to 14 days, and will reach a length of about ½ inch. The pupal stage does not feed...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
Keeping Spiders and Bugs Outside your House

Most spiders are small, inconspicuous arthropods which are harmless to humans. Their beneficial role in keeping insect populations in check far outweighs the hazard posed by the few spiders that occasionally bite humans. Still, with that being said most of us would rather they stay outside and do not want them in our homes...

 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Zamzows Penaturf Gets Through Hard Clay Soil

Zamzows Penaturf found exclusively at your local Zamzows, with ten convenient valley locations as well as an on line store, is all natural easier to apply liquid that will help improve drainage and open the compacted soil we have in the treasure valley. 

Zamzows Penaturf is a solution of bacterial and fungal enzymes that is designed to break up heavy clay soils improving the penetration of water and air to the plant roots promoting a healthy ecosystem...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
How to get rid of Dandelions

How do I get rid of Dandelions? At Zamzows we have heard this Dandelion question alot lately. Here is an example of one of the questions that came lately. "I have been getting dandelions like crazy.  I used the weed killer on my dandelions and it worked partially.  My question for you is should I put the weed killer on my lawn on first or the Zamzows spring/summer fertilizer?  How long should I wait between the applications to prevent dandelions?  What would be the best way to treat the dandelions if they cover a big portion of my...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 2:21 PM ::
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Thursday, April 09, 2009
The Best Thing You can do for Your Trees

What is the 1-2 Punch you ask? It's Zamzows Tree and Shrub Insect Control and Zamzows Thrive. Together they protect trees, shrubs and roses from insects and provide 100% of the nutrients the plants need. Both products are safe and easy to apply. No spraying, just mix with water and apply on the ground according to instructions. But the sooner you do the better. Zamzows Tree and Shrub Insect Control is a systemic insecticide...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
All Things Trees :: 0 Comments :: 2494 Views

Thursday, April 02, 2009
Crabgrass Prevention

Crabgrass is a weedy, low-growing grass that grows from seed every year. It is a very pesky problem once it is established in a lawn. Regardless of how crabgrass seeds got into a lawn, they lay dormant over the winter and begin to germinate when the night time soil temperature reaches 50 degrees for three days in the spring. Unfortunately, you can't tell you have crabgrass until the young plants show up when warm weather arrives and soil temperatures are 60 to 70 degrees...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 8:26 AM ::
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Easy Way to Prevent Insect Damage to Trees and Shrubs

With the weather starting to warm, the trees and shrubs are getting ready to leaf out with spring color. That means it's time to take an easy yet effective step to prevent possible insect damage before the insects have a chance to start doing damage to the plants. Fortunately, there is an easy way to provide that protection for trees, shrub and roses from boring and sucking insects. Zamzows brand Tree and Shrub Insect...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 3:50 PM ::
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Insect Problems

Not all the insects that inhabit your home landscape are considered to be pest insects. By far, most of the insects calling your yard home are either beneficial to the ecosystem or benign and cause no harm. Beneficial insects will kill pest insects, eat pest insect eggs and larvae and help keep pest insect populations in control. Beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies are pollinators, making it possible for your plants to produce fruits and flowers...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 10:16 AM ::
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Treasure Valley Trees

There are very few trees that are native to the Treasure Valley. This can make growing trees in the valley somewhat of a challenge. You need to be very careful in choosing the correct tree for your needs. There are some individual factors that need to be looked at when starting your search. The first decision in selecting a tree is how big you want the tree to grow. Will it fit where you are planting it? This also includes examining the...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 10:00 AM ::
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Pruning in the Treasure Valley

Proper pruning enhances the beauty of a tree. If this is your first attempt at pruning trees the task may seem a little difficult. We will explain some concepts of pruning since each tree can be unique. We will focus on the elements of a healthy tree and through pruning we can maintain the health and beauty of the tree...
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 9:30 AM ::
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Soils in the Treasure Valley - Soil Types, Locations, PH and How to Improve Them

Soils in the Treasure Valley - Soil Types, Locations, PH and How to Improve Them. Here in the Treasure Valley we have a wide variety of soil types depending on what part of the valley you live. You may have a heavy clay based soil, a sandy soil or even a rocky based soil. No matter what type of soil or the PH level your soil may have, it is more than likely that there is work involved to improve its potential. Knowing what type of soil you have...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 9:10 AM ::
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Diagnosing Lawn Fungus

Fungus in the Lawn
Your lawn always has fungus present, many of which are harmless. A lawn may have a harmful fungus but if it is healthy enough it can fight off the infection.  If the lawn is not healthy the harmful fungus turns into a disease. There are many ways for the lawn to contract a disease so here are some basics of how to identify, prevent, and cure...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
How to Properly Water Your Lawn

One of the most important tasks for maintaining your lawn is proper watering. Contributing factors include soil conditions, type of grass and watering systems. Light or infrequent watering is harmful to your lawn and will not allow the root system to penetrate the soil causing it to remain on top of the soil. This type of lawn will not withstand the heat stress of the summer and will not be able to find food while actively looking in...

 
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 3:53 PM ::
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Prevent Lawn Insect Damage

Prevent Lawn Insect Damage 
If you try to maintain a lawn in the Treasure Valley, it is very probable you will have to deal with damage to the lawn from one or more turf insects that plague Treasure Valley lawns. The most common insect that causes the majority of the damage to our lawns is Billbug. Fortunately, Billbug can be controlled with Zamzows Duration Grub Control. Four different species...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 2:50 PM ::
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Monday, January 26, 2009
How to Save your Pine Tree

Zamzows Lawn, Garden  and Pet Store recently received a question from the "Ask an Expert" section of our web site. This was the question, "We bought some sort of small pine tree before christmas and left it at the cemetary for about  a month. Now it is almost all brown and dry. Can it be saved? If aso what should we do?" Here is the answer. The problem is that the trees...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 4:41 PM ::
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Monday, January 12, 2009
How do I get rid of Weevils and Billbugs?

How do I get rid of Weevils and Billbugs? 

The best way to get rid of Billbugs is with a product called Zamzows Duration. Zamzows Duration is product that will control soil inhabiting pests in turf grass such as annual bluegrass weevils, billbugs and their larvae (which we have 4 different species in the Valley), cutworms...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 1:26 PM ::
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Thursday, November 06, 2008
Winterizing Your Evergreens

Winterizing Your Evergreens By Barbara Ward
Winters can get windy and dry, not to mention cold. Evergreens tend to be very hardy, but when taken out of their nativeenvironment, that can change. I’m not saying they can’t take the cold; even plants zoned for our area can use a little help getting through a blustery...

 
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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
All Things Trees :: 0 Comments :: 1576 Views

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
How to Plant a New Lawn

Planting a New Lawn
By: Darin Eisenbarth

Fall is a great time of the year to start a new lawn. The soil temperature is still warm enough for good germination; less competition from weeds and the moisture requirement is less due to cooler days. Having a great looking lawn begins with preparing the soil for long-term grass growth. The first step in soil preparation is to remove all debris from th lawn area. This would include the small chunks of cement, excess sand from the areas where grade work was done for sidewalks and driveways. Then you need...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Monday, September 01, 2008
How to Control Bambo and How to Keep Your Yard from Becoming a Panda Reserve

How to Control Bambo and How to Keep Your Yard from Becoming a Panda Reserve
By Gregg Mattson

Bamboo is becoming increasingly popular as a garden tree in the Northwest. Bamboo is beautiful, fast growing, and comes in many hardy varieties you can add to your garden without fear, if you take steps to keep it under control. Bamboo is the largest member of the grass family. Bamboo is also the fastest growing woody plant in the world. There are 91 genera and about...

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How High Should I Mow my Lawn?

How High Should you Mow your Lawn?
By: Ami Halcomb

Mowing your lawn is one of the most basic home owner chores you may have. Believe it or not, though, there are some things you need to keep in mind when it comes to properly mowing your lawn. Mowing is not just about keeping your lawn looking nice, but also about...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
The Pros and Cons of Pruning Paint

The Pros and Cons of Pruning Paint
By Christopher Owings 

Pruning paints and tars are often used on trees and shrubs to cover up wounds caused by either pruning or damage done by wind or a heavy fruit production. A lot of people think pruning paint is the answer to any open wound on a tree, some say that pruning paint is a “placebo” and just makes the consumer feel better about their problem without really doing anything to help the tree. I can agree and disagree with both ends of the...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 4:20 PM ::
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Thursday, August 07, 2008
What are the differences between Crabgrass and Quackgrass?

What are the differences between Crabgrass and Quackgrass?
Crabgrass is a summer annual. It reproduces primarily by seeds, however large crabgrass (which we have here in Idaho) can reproduce by rooting tillers. Crabgrass is branched and normally lay flat. The stems near the base of the plant are usually purple or red in color (see picture at right). Large crabgrass can...

 

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 10:41 AM ::
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Friday, August 01, 2008
Natural Yellow Jacket Control

Natural Yellow Jacket Control Written by Mindy Ward
We all have seen them, and most of us have even felt the bite or sting from them and none of us want them around us. Yet every time we want to spend some time outdoors in our yard we always seem to run across them. Yes, I am talking about yellow jackets. Those pesky pests who seem to want to take over and...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
Instect and Pest Control :: 1 Comments :: 2896 Views

How can you Tell if You are Over Watering a Tree?

 

How can you tell if you are over watering a tree?

While we do everything we can to make our trees happy and healthy sometimes we tend to go a little overboard. Believe me, if anyone I know is a Johnny Overdoesit, it is me! We have learned over the years that there is always something that needs to be done. We want to fertilize, prune, water, inspect…SOMETHING. When it gets hot we feel we need to water. In fact there are many times things are just fine and we should be relaxing in the shade. It is funny to think that our valley is a desert...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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Where to Set a Mouse Trap and What to use as Bait

Where To Set A Mouse Trap and What To Use As Bait
By Leean Estes Manager

Ok…Lets get rid of some mice! First you need to find you’re problem areas and clean it up. Find whatever the mice are attracted to and put it in an airtight container and sweep up the “crumbs”. Keep in mind mice love all kinds and types of food. Second be safe! Do you have kids or pets? If so don’t stress we have everything you need! I’ll list everything we have and you decide what would work for you...
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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Organic Ways to Deal with Squash Bugs

Organic Ways to Deal With Squash Bugs 
Written by Kim Legg
Squash bugs are found all over the United States, and usually feed on cucurbits, including squash (their favorite is yellow straight neckor crookneck), pumpkins and melons. The adult squash bug is about 5/8 inch long and 1/3 inch wide. It is normally black or grey, with orange and brown stripes along its underside. They lay their eggs on the underside of leaves in a kind of V shape along the veins. They can do some major damage to your crop by sucking the nutrients from the plants, causing the plant to form yellow specks on the leaves...

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How to Get Rid of Shot Hole Fungus

What is Shot Hole fungus? Some years when there is an abundance of cold damp weather such as we had this year we tend to get a lot different things showing up in our landscapes. One such problem that is a direct result of excessive moisture is a fungus called Shot Hole, or scientifically known as Coryneum Blight...

 

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Great Lawn Mowing Tips

Lawn Mowing Tips by Greg Schneider
Believe it or not, there are several simple guidelines to follow when mowing a lawn that can make a significant difference in the condition of lawn throughout the mowing season. This is great lawn advice for the first time home owner. Beginning in the early spring, a lawn can be mowed at one of the lower settings on most brands of lawnmowers. The setting should be one that cuts the lawn short but that does not "scalp" the grass too short. Mowing the grass...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How do I Remove the Tree Stump in my Yard?

Old Tree Stump Removal
Written by Nick Darrough
If you are tired of looking at that old tree stump, you have several options on how to get rid of it. Of course, if you don’t want to get rid of the stump completely, there have been some great ideas on decorating around the stump such as...

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By dandevarona (ddevarona) @ 12:00 AM ::
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How do I Prevent Urine Burns in My Lawn?

How do I prevent Dog Urine Burns in My Lawn?
By Gary Strong

If you have dog’s, especially small or large female dogs, then you probably have yellow or dead spots in your lawn created by their urine. It’s commonly worse with female dogs that typicall have stronger urine, and also squat in the same spots, but happens with male dogs too. Your dog’s urine is highly acidic and can kill the grass it comes in contact with, similar to burning a lawn with over fertilization...

 
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Monday, July 14, 2008
Controlling Quack Grass in the Lawn

Controlling Quack Grass in the Lawn
According to “Weeds of the West” published by the Western Society of Weed Science, Quack Grass is an aggressive perennial that reproduces by seed or by spreading a shallow mass of branching rhizomes.  Leaf blades are ¼ to ½ inch wide, flat, pointed, and have small ear-like appendages at the junction of the blade and sheath.Controlling Quack Grass is not an easy feat because 2-4-D commonly found...

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