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Backyard Camping

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You don’t have to go any further than your backyard to enjoy the outdoors.  Pitch a tent, unroll your sleeping bags (or use blankets, air mattresses and pillow), and enjoy barbecuing, roasting marshmallows, making s’mores, singing songs, and telling ghost stories.  Don’t forget the insect repellent!

Nematode - Biological Insecticides

Nematodes

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Predatory nematodes attack lawn pests such as billbugs, sod webworms, and white grubs. Nematodes are parasites that kill hosts, such as this grub, within 48-hours.  Some nematodes attack surface pests; others attack soil-dwelling pests.  Choose the correct type for your pest. Nematodes arrive by mail in a sponge.  To apply, place the sponge in a container of cold water and wring it several times to release the nematodes.  Apply with…

Underground pests - Japanese Beetle

Integrated Pest Management (IPM), an Eco-Friendly Approach

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How Should I Manage the Bugs in My Lawn? Too often, when insects are spotted, they are instantly seen as invaders that must be attacked with various toxic chemicals. While such actions may take care of the immediate problem, they usually create a host of others in their wake. Today, an ecologically sound concept called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is receiving serious recognition and support among home gardeners, professional landscapers,…

Golden pheasant

Dust, Not Just for the Birds!

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The birds reveling in the backyard dust know what they are doing.  Finely ground particles in such dust baths damage the exoskeletons of bothersome insects.  Diatomaceous earth, a dust used to control caterpillars, works on the same principle.  Composed of fossilized remains of single-celled plants called diatoms, a dust is formed by quarrying and processing these ancient deposits. This material does not bother people and animals, but it destroys the…

Endophytes: Natural Pest Repellents

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What Are Endophytes? Endophytes are small fungi that live in some grasses making the grasses harmful or deadly to a variety of grass-eating insects.  After observing cattle get sick after eating certain grasses, scientists in New Zealand discovered endophytes, opening a new frontier in grass research. Are Endophytes Harmful for My Family or Lawn? Endophytes live primarily in the lower stem and crown of grass plants, and deter surface pests such as sod webworms,…

Lawn envy

Lawn Gallery

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Do you have a lawn that you’re proud of? Isn’t it time the world heard about it?