Posts Tagged ‘ Pests & Weeds ’

Can you help this reader with a lawn problem?

May 12, 2015
lawn problem from Martha Neri of Williamsville NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader came to me with a gardening question. Do you have any suggestions on how she can resolve her problem? If so, please leave a comment. Here’s her question: I have an area of my lawn that has had moss, bare spots and grayish/brown grass for several years. It...
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Use old CD’s to keep deer & rabbits away, plus more tips on garden pests

May 5, 2015
CD's to keep deer away in Amherst NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko When it comes to dealing with pests such as deer and rabbits, the bad news is that there is no single technique that works all the time. The good news is that there are lots and lots of things you can try. When I speak to gardening groups, I get a...
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Suburban sprawl isn’t taking habitat from deer; it’s creating havens for them

November 11, 2014
deer eating at Tift Farm in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’re a gardener who has complained about deer eating your plants, you’ve probably had someone respond with “Well, the deer were here first.” But gardeners who have been in their house for a few decades insist they were there before the deer. They’re right. While many people think that...
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Tar spot affects maple leaves in WNY; is there anything you can do about it?

October 28, 2014
Tar spot affects maple leaves in WNY; is there anything you can do about it?

by Connie Oswald Stofko You may have noticed black circles on the maple leaves in your neighborhood. That’s called tar spot  because it looks like drops of tar were dripped onto the leaves. Tar spot is caused by a fungus and attacks mostly sugar maples, but can affect other maples as well, said Carol Ann...
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Be a citizen scientist in Western New York: Help track squirrels & birds, take a survey & more

October 28, 2014
Be a citizen scientist in Western New York: Help track squirrels & birds, take a survey & more

You don’t have to have a college degree to help advance scientific learning in plant and nature topics. You can help scientists collect data on a number of local and national projects. Here are a few projects that might interest you. __________ Let scientists know where squirrels are & where they aren’t Take a...
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Get tips from history to deal with a combination of dry and wet conditions in your garden

September 23, 2014
herb garden at Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village

by Connie Oswald Stofko A combination of gardening problems faces Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village, the 35-acre historical interpretive center in Amherst that showcases 19th century buildings set up like a village. Much of the landscape is boggy, so gardens can be wet early in the season. In addition, there’s no irrigation system, and hoses...
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Mushy fruit? You might have invasive fruit fly called spotted wing drosophila

August 19, 2014
spotted wing drosophila courtesy Cornell Cooperative Extension

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you’re having problems with your fruit this year, it might be due to an invasive fruit fly called the spotted wing drosophila. The fruit fly is in Western New York. Cornell Cooperative Extension representatives in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties told me it has been found those counties, and...
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Pool owners: Help save trees from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle

July 29, 2014
Pool owners: Help save trees from the invasive Asian longhorned beetle

Pool owners can participate in the third annual Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) Swimming Pool Survey now through Aug. 29 to help detect these exotic, invasive beetles before they cause serious damage to our forests and street trees. The survey is held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) at this time...
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Dangerous plant: Do not touch giant hogweed! It can cause severe burns and blindness

June 3, 2014
Dangerous plant: Do not touch giant hogweed! It can cause severe burns and blindness

by Connie Oswald Stofko I saw giant hogweed in Niagara County several years ago. It was about four feet tall and I thought it was an overgrown Queen Anne’s lace. Boy, am I glad I didn’t go near it! Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation,...
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Update: Impatiens might do okay in WNY this year, or they might not

May 6, 2014
Update: Impatiens might do okay in WNY this year, or they might not

by Connie Oswald Stofko If this summer is like last summer in Western New York, you might be able to plant impatiens and have them perform well, perhaps into August, anyway. But there are still a lot of ifs involved, and there are certainly no guarantees. Margery Daughtrey, senior extension associate with Cornell University...
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