Now is the Time to Get the Upper Hand on Garden Weeds

With our recent rainy weather and warm spring temperatures, summer weeds are beginning to sprout. The time to remove them is while they are small and easy to pull. Despite the rain, we are still in a drought, so it is especially important to control weeds early. Uncontrolled weeds dry …

Chickens and IPM

Chicken-keeping is a growing trend in northern Nevada.  Chickens are still considered illegal in most areas of Sparks, but are allowed in Reno and Washoe County.  Chickens are a nice addition to your landscape, providing eggs, insect control and weed control.  Integrating chickens as part of your pest management plan …

Horticultural Oils: A Lower Risk Pest Control Option

Horticultural oils are among the least toxic pesticides available to control fruit tree and shade tree pests and diseases. They are considered safe and effective pesticides that decompose quickly in the environment and pose little risk to humans, pets, wildlife and beneficial insects. Horticultural oils are refined plant- or petroleum-based …

Preventing Spring Weeding Chores

As much as I like to garden, by fall I’m grateful for the freezing nights and the reduced garden chores. During a recent windstorm, I noticed tumble weeds, tumble mustard and other dried weeds blowing into my yard. It reminded me that it was time to start planning an application …

Order Your Garlic Now for Fall Planting

It’s almost fall and many gardeners are shopping for tulips and daffodils. Another bulb to consider planting this fall is garlic. Like other spring-maturing bulbs, garlic needs a cold period before it will begin to grow. Now is the time to order or purchase your garlic to obtain the greatest …