Perfect Tips To Take Care of Your Houseplants

houseplantsAs the summer season progresses in you need to shift your houseplants indoors from the outside. Not doing this could infect your houseplants with flying insects or aphids and other small pests.

Aphids are tiny little sapsuckers live and feed in groups on the stems of plants. They can be different colors including white, green, brown or even orange. To treat aphids indoors, add a teaspoon of dishwashing soap to a gallon of water and wash the whole plant with the solution. You can help the process along by rubbing the stems with your fingers or a cotton ball. Let it set for a few minutes, then rinse well.

Mites are very small insects and can form a thin web over the plant. Affected plants’ leaves may appear spotted and, if there are flowers, they may start to look unhealthy. Try blasting off the mites with water. You can do this by setting the plant in the sink and using the sprayer. You can also use the same method we talked about for aphids. Read the rest of this entry

Tips To Wipe Out Garden Thrips

thripsGardeners should not worry about gardening while there is cold and gloomy outside. As a matter of fact gardening never ends. There are always gardening tasks to do in the outdoor.

It is also the best time to get rid of garden pest – thrips. Gardeners who grow roses are normally familiar with this insect or at least the damage they do.

Thrips are very small insects that feed on many types of plant material; buds, flowers, leaves and fruits. These tiny garden pests have mandibles that they use to slash open the plant material and suck out sap. This feeding process can also spread diseases from one plant to another. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips For Non-Chemical Pest Control

Home vegetable gardeners have been trying to avoid usage of chemical pest controls as this has become a new gardening trend .main objective is to garden with no pesticides. It is always better to keep the pesticides at bay from the vegetable garden. Here are some common examples of nonchemical pest controls.

Look for plant varieties that have some degree of disease resistance. New hybrid resistant varieties enter the market each year after extensive evaluation. Roses and tomatoes are susceptible to many diseases.

The newer Knockout shrub roses have strong resistance to common diseases, including leaf blackspot. These roses require no spraying.

Tomatoes suffer from a wide range of disease problems. Today, many hybrids are much less prone to disease.

There are many types of physical barriers to keep insects, birds, rabbits, raccoons or deer at bay. A floating row cover is a lightweight fabric that lets in light, air and water, but keeps insects out of a row of melon or cucumber vines that are susceptible to wilt disease. The fabric is kept in place along the edges with old boards or other weights. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Mid-Summer Gardening Tips

Summer is a time to trim back on many of our backbreaking physical activities and enjoy and gather many of the fruits of the gardening labor.

This season’s hot, dry weather has slowed down plant growth and, in many cases, allowed some pests (e.g., fungal diseases) to get a foothold with the high humidity weather. While our “lazy hazy crazy days of summer” let us relax and enjoy our yard and garden endeavors, there are some mid-summer outdoor chores that will make an even stronger gardening experience.

Consider some precautions. It is now the height of the summer, and the sun is hot and the weather is steamy. Try to schedule your yard and garden work for early in the day or very late in the afternoon or early evening. Set a definite time limit for working on gardening tasks, usually no longer than an hour.  Read the rest of this entry

Companion planting is one of the safe remedies for shooing pests away from the garden. For those of us who want to use environmentally friendly methods, these suggestions aren’t guarantees but still have merit. Here are a few you might like to try in your garden this year.

Alliums (including chives, garlic, leek and onion) deter carrot fly and “generally improve health of vegetable garden plants.” It seems garlic and onions will deter aphids and Japanese beetles, moles and mice.

♦You can make a garlic spray and use it on roses and other plants, but it is mentioned that you should love garlic before doing this because your garden could take on a distinct odor that could make a rose not smell like a rose. Read the rest of this entry

Perfect Tips For Prunning Trees and Shrubs

If you observe that the shrubs and trees have suffered winter damage in your garden then these should be pruned promptly to prevent pests and diseases from further damaging the plant. Expert gardeners advise that the healthy deciduous, flowering and fruit-bearing shrubs are best pruned when they’re dormant or before or after they flower and evergreen shrubs are better trimmed in late spring or early summer.

You must know what you’re pruning. Internet is the best source to identify any unknown shrubs in your garden. Once known the facts you can easily follow the guidelines and prune them according to their ideal shape. Read the rest of this entry

How to Use Pesticides in the Home

Many pesticide formulations are on the market today. Some formulations may be used by both the homeowner and the pest control operator (general use), whereas other formulations of the same pesticide may only be used by the certified, licensed pest control operator . If a pesticide package is marked “for use by pest control operators,” the homeowner should not use such formulations. It would be an illegal use, and perhaps cause injury to the amateur applicator.

Several pesticides, or some of their formulations, may be taken off the market, or they may be restricted to certain uses or to certified applicators. Therefore, always read the label of the pesticide product before you use or purchase it.

There are several ways pesticides are formulated for sale. Dusts are dry powders ready for use. Wettable powders, soluble powders and emulsifiable concentrates all can be mixed with water, but the percentage of the pesticide varies greatly. Oil solutions are ready-to-use mixtures of the pesticide and refined oil.

Aerosol sprays contain one or more pesticides in a solvent and a propellant gas. These applicators produce a fine mist or spray. The active ingredient is usually a very small percentage of the spray. Aerosol sprays having an oil base can cause staining. Test fabrics before overall treatment.   Read the rest of this entry

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