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April 26, 2016

Pests that Pose Threats to Gardens

For established green thumbs and aspiring gardeners alike, nothing is worse than dedicating hours of your hard work to your home’s garden, only to have your efforts ruined by pests. Be it the work of rodents or harmful insects and bugs, having your garden ravaged by intrusive pests can be a bad start to the growing season. Here’s a short list of culprits to keep an eye out for as you start ramping up your garden for the spring.

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March 18, 2016

The Bright Side Of Bugs: Good Things Insects Do

helpful insects and beneficial bugsIt may be hard for you to believe, but not all insects are pests! Some insects exist to help you – they help tend your garden, fertilize your soil, and control the populations of the more pestilent of their kind. These little helpers don’t require removal or extermination; in fact, you’ll want to take measures to keep them around. So who are they, and what good do they do?

Praying Mantis

The praying mantis is not only fascinating to watch – it also eats other insects, including wasps, flies, and caterpillars. It uses its claw-like forelimbs to hold prey steady while eating. Keeping a few praying mantises around your garden can reduce the rate of caterpillars eating your plants, and keep the fly population under control.

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