Category: Garden Pests and Pest Control

The Trial of the Killer Tomatoes

You say tomato and I say tomahto… But 200 years ago you might have said poison! When the Spanish introduced the tomato to Europe in the 1500s, the plant was greeted with skepticism and fear. The harmless tomato resembles (and is a distant relative of) the belladonna or deadly nightshade plant. For many years Europeans associated…
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“The Revenge of the Acorn”: Lyme Disease Explosion

It is shaping up to be a very bad year for ticks in Redding, Connecticut. The risk of Lyme Disease is higher than ever and the CDC is reporting that a higher percentage of ticks are carrying the Borrelia bacteria spirochetes which cause the disease.  This comes as a surprise to many who thought the…
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Best Spring Cleaning Garden Tip: DORMANT OIL

We don’t usually think of our plants needing a good spring cleaning, but landscape trees and shrubs need more than the occasional April shower. Over the previous year, millions of insects have visited our landscaping, many making it their home and laying eggs for the next year. And while insects are an important part of…
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Delightful Deer and the Damage They Do

Growing up in Connecticut in the 1970s, the sight of a deer was such a rare event that you would stop your car and get out to take a closer look. Today there are so many deer you have to swerve your car to avoid hitting them. The same is true in many suburbs across…
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Learning About the Lace Bug

Lace & Bug. Two words that don’t seem to go together. Kind of like “Jumbo Shrimp” or “Awfully Good.” But put these two words together and you create an oxymoron that will make your plants look “Pretty Ugly.” Lace Bug damage is on the rise. Their favorite host plant is Andromeda (Pieris spp.). Like the…
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Arborvitae Destruction in a Bag

  A couple of summers ago, our family took a trip to the Antietam Civil War Battlefield.  I love history as much as I do plants.  You can imagine my joy as we walked out of the hotel parking lot and I saw an insect I had not seen since childhood.  I got my kids…
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