Posts Tagged ‘ Pests & Weeds ’

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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‘Nuisance wildlife’ is one of three classes set by Erie County Master Gardeners

September 8, 2015
deer eating in Buffalo NY winter Jan 2011

So many of us have trouble with deer, rabbits and other pesky critters in our gardens. Learn what to do about it in the class “How to Deal with Nuisance Wildlife” to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Print Shop Building on the Roycroft Campus, 21 South Grove...
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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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Sunny field has evolved to shady haven in Amherst

June 30, 2015
Sunny field has evolved to shady haven in Amherst

by Connie Oswald Stofko “Gardens are never done,” said Gary Leising of 2695 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. “You always come up with new ideas. There are always things you want to do and things you want to change.” When Leising and his wife Linda moved into their newly built home in 1984, the landscape...
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Help a reader: How can you keep squirrels from eating your tomatoes?

June 29, 2015
squirrel eating on roof

by Connie Oswald Stofko A reader sent me this question that I can’t answer, but I hope one of my readers can. If you have suggestions, please leave a comment below. Does anyone have suggestions for deterring squirrels? Every year my friendly neighborhood squirrel gets in my garden eats my tomatoes. He even actually...
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Native plants and large greenhouse are attractions in this Parkside garden

June 23, 2015
overall view of Bonnie Brooks' yard in Buffalo NY

by Connie Oswald Stofko The yard of Carrie Brooks, 773 Crescent Ave., Buffalo, is filled with plants, and many of them have a story. The forsythia came from a bouquet her daughter gave her. The branches stayed in the vase of water too long and rooted, so she planted them. After the bush has...
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