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Thorough spray coverage is essential when using oils and soaps.

Environmentally friendly insecticides for the home garden

Throughout the growing season, our garden plants are troubled by numerous insect pests and diseases. Though conventional pesticides are useful, using those considered ‘organic’ and of low toxicity can also be the right choice.

Tim Daly

Use multiple tactics to control pests

Pests, whether they are insects, weeds, or plant diseases, are a fact of life in the home and garden.  One of the most efficient ways to control them is to practice “integrated pest management” or IPM, which anticipates problems and uses preventative measures. 

Tim Daly

Pine bark beetles troubling pine trees

Throughout the county, I have observed pine trees that are turning brown and dying. Additionally, the Extension office has received numerous phone calls from residents concerned about pine trees on their property.