Trees crawling with insects

They creep, crawl, fly and inch toward you. Insects, good and bad, are all around us. Have you recently gone beneath your trees and wondered what is all that sticky stuff falling down on you and coating your sideway, decks or even your vehicle? You probably didn’t know that sticky stuff …

Common herbs can become weeds

A weed is defined as a plant that grows where it isn’t wanted. Gardeners tend to recognize what wasn’t planted on purpose, including many of our nuisance weeds, such as redroot pigweed and common lambsquarters. But, what about unwanted seedlings from desirable plants that went to seed last year? You …

Start scouting now for spring weeds

So far, we’ve had a mild, dry winter. Just a little rain or snow and a little increase in temperature could help initiate weed growth. This time last year, the wet weather gave us a bumper crop of weeds. If last year’s weed crop got away from you and produced …

Weeds popping up with warm weather

 The sun is shining, and with the warm temperatures, I have started to scout the garden and landscape. At this time of year, I was shocked to see how many seedlings were popping up everywhere, wanted and unwanted. In my garden, I am facing the challenge of lettuce and arugula …

Got ground squirrels? Here are ways to get rid of them

Next Friday, Feb. 2, is Groundhog Day. According to tradition, if a groundhog comes out of its hole and sees its shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it doesn’t see its shadow, then there will be an early spring. Do we have groundhogs, also known as …

Selecting the best fruit tree

Apples, pears, cherries and peaches. There are not many people who don’t get excited at the thought of picking fresh fruit from their own backyard. But the thought may be daunting with unpredictable Nevada weather and the notion that you don’t have adequate space. Space is no longer an issue …

What kind of Christmas tree do I want?

It is that time of year – time to pick out a Christmas tree. Our choices basically fall into three categories: live tree, cut tree or artificial tree. Live trees are for sale at most nurseries and garden centers. They can be expensive, but can also be a wonderful addition …

Preventing Spring Weeding Chores

By Melody Hefner, Urban IPM and Pesticide Safety Program Coordinator As much as I like to garden, by fall I’m grateful for the freezing nights and the reduced garden chores. During a session of garden clean-up, I remembered that it was time to start thinking about a fall preeemergence herbicide …

Strategic Garden Cleanup Creates Garden Homes for Pollinators

There are many good reasons to clean up the garden in fall. One is that you may want to impress neighbors, family and friends who come by for trick-or-treating and holiday gatherings with a tidy landscape. Another is that a neat garden in fall means fewer dried plant materials an …

Prep Your Garden Now for Next Spring

Tomatoes, melons and summer squash are ripening. It is a great time of year for gardeners, reaping the rewards of our labors. Were you bothered by insect pests this year? Was your garden as productive as you hoped? As you harvest crops in your garden, start thinking about next year. …