Pests & Weeds

Choose plants that appeal to pollinators, plus more great tips for June

June 14, 2016
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

When adding new plants to your garden, choose those that support bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinating insects. They love fall asters. That’s one of the tips for June contained in WNY Gardening Matters, published monthly by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. Another tip: Apple trees usually set more...
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Coneflowers with aster yellows disease: Keep healthy plants, but pull diseased ones

May 10, 2016
aster yellows on coneflower

by Connie Oswald Stofko Here’s a question from a reader: Hi Connie, Last summer we were warned about aster yellows destroying coneflowers. My coneflowers were all infected but I didn’t remove the plants from my garden. Now I’m watching them sprout and I’m wondering if I should be worried. Should I take them out...
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Now is time to look for red lily leaf beetle in WNY; watch for brown marmorated stink bug

May 3, 2016
red lily leaf beetle

by Connie Oswald Stofko Last year we told you about two invasive insects that could cause problems in your garden: the red lily leaf beetle and the brown marmorated stink bug. The red lily leaf beetle is the one that causes the most concern right now. It eats lilies and did extensive damage in...
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Get rid of lesser celandine– It’s pretty, but it will take over your lawn

April 19, 2016
lesser celandine in Buffalo NY by Mike Fabrizio

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’ve been noticing the pretty yellow blooms of lesser celandine all over my neighborhood. It’s pretty, but it can take over your lawn. Here’s an email I recently got from a reader: I have this weed and it is now covering my entire back yard and is headed into the...
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5 gardening lessons to learn from this ladybug story

February 2, 2016
ladybug larva

by Connie Oswald Stofko Awhile back, some gardeners went to Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg, looking for advice. Every branch of their spirea had been coated with aphids. And if that wasn’t enough, now they had these new insects, ugly things. They brought some specimens in a small plastic bag and showed Teresa...
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There’s a new bug in Western New York and it might eat plants in your garden

December 8, 2015
Brown marmorated stink bug

by Dana Santasiero There’s a new bug in Western New York and there are two main things you need to know about it. First, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is called a stink bug because when you step on it, it smells. Second, it could eat the plants in your garden. The good news...
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Disease called aster yellows is affecting coneflowers in WNY; get rid of diseased plants

August 25, 2015
aster yellows on coneflower

by Connie Oswald Stofko Margaret Raupp, coordinator of Open Gardens, brought to my attention a couple plant problems  that she noticed around Western New York this summer. Last week we talked about the lily leaf beetle, which is damaging lilies. This week we’ll discuss aster yellows disease, which affects coneflowers and causes the blossom...
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Had damage to your lilies? You might have a new invasive bug called lily leaf beetle

August 18, 2015
red lily leaf beetle

by Connie Oswald Stofko Margaret Raupp, coordinator of Open Gardens, alerted me to a couple of problems with disease and pests that she noticed while touring the gardens. We’ll talk about the first one, lily leaf beetle, today. Raupp said that when she visited an Open Garden in Lockport, the garden of John Taylor...
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Pool owners: It’s time to look for invasive Asian longhorned beetle

July 28, 2015
Pool owners: It’s time to look for invasive Asian longhorned beetle

It’s again time for pool owners to check their filters and skimmers for the Asian longhorned beetle. If you find one, please report it during the fourth annual Citizen Pool Survey being held through Aug. 30 by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). If you don’t have a pool, you can...
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Wet weather brings mildew, blight to Western New York gardens

July 14, 2015
hose reflected in puddle by Stofko

by Connie Oswald Stofko “The wetness we had early in the season has caused disease issues that will show up the rest of the season,” said John Farfaglia, extension educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County. These issues include mildew and blight. How you handle it depends on the particular plant that is...
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