Posts Tagged ‘ Pests & Weeds ’

You can plant impatiens in your shady garden if you want to play the odds

May 17, 2016
healthy impatiens in Lancaster NYJune 2013 closeup

by Connie Oswald Stofko If you want to plant impatiens this year, you can take steps to decrease your chances of having your flowers killed by the blight called downy mildew, said Margery Daughtrey, senior extension associate with the Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University. One thing you can do...
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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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Let’s clear up confusion on using bark as mulch, plus tips for May and news on spotted lantern fly

April 26, 2016
Let’s clear up confusion on using bark as mulch, plus tips for May and news on spotted lantern fly

by Connie Oswald Stofko Articles are now available in the May edition of the new online publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County. These articles are free. The Master Gardeners tell me when the newest articles are available and I share them with you. 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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WNY Gardening Matters: flowering rush, things to do in April and historic garden

April 12, 2016
flowering rush

by Connie Oswald Stofko Articles are now available in the second edition of the new online publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County. These articles are free. The Master Gardeners tell me when the newest articles are available and I share them with you. In...
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Yellow flag iris is invasive, plus more in this new feature from Erie County Master Gardeners

March 22, 2016
yellow flag iris

by Connie Oswald Stofko You can get lots of well researched information in a new online-publication called WNY Gardening Matters produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners in Erie County. They plan to publish several articles online every month. They’ll let me know when new articles are available, and I’ll share them with...
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Change your yard to keep pests away; learn more at Jamestown Garden Fair

March 8, 2016
deer eating in winter

by Connie Oswald Stofko Physical barriers such as tall fencing may be too expensive for you, and repellents that have to be reapplied may get pricey, too, said Nancy Jager, Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension in Chautauqua County. But a relatively inexpensive method of discouraging pests is by modifying their habitat. Jager will...
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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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