Posts Tagged ‘ Pests & Weeds ’

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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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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