Yellow Starthistle, a Noxious Weed You Need to Control

Have you noticed a 2- to 4-foot tall gray-green plant covered in whitish hairs with bright yellow flowers and wicked ¾-inch spines at the base of the flower? This is yellow starthistle, a state-listed noxious weed. This state legal designation requires landowners to control and prevent the weed’s spread. Whoever …

Start scouting for vegetable garden insect pests now

It is time to start scouting for insect pests in the vegetable garden. Here’s some information on a few common vegetable garden pests you should control now, before a serious infestation damages your garden. Squash bugs attack plants in the cucurbit family: melons, squash, pumpkins and cucumbers. They damage plants …

It’s Summertime in the Garden, and Plants are… Sticky?

During the growing season, cases of stickiness occur in the garden and landscape. Sticky fingers hold melting Popsicles, and sticky faces press into watermelon slices. Sometimes plants get sticky too. In all cases, a quick spray with the garden hose does the trick. But why do plants get sticky? One …

Spring Pest Control

Spring is here and many people have garden fever. But, it is far too early to plant tender crops like tomatoes, peppers, basil or melons. Garden cleanup, especially if you didn’t have a chance to do it last fall, may be the place to put all your garden energy. It …

Plant Wildflower Gardens Now to Attract Native Pollinators this Year

Attractive flower gardens can be a beautiful addition to your landscaping while creating suitable habitat for native pollinators. Native insect pollinators include bees, butterflies, beneficial flies and wasps. With a few simple changes, you can ensure that your home garden space is a beautiful and safe habitat for pollinators. First, …

Preventing Weeds from Sprouting this Spring

After several years of drought, we welcome all the precipitation so far this year, but wet winters can lead to weedy springs. Weed seeds can remain viable in the soil for years, waiting for the right moisture conditions in the soil to sprout. If you’ve had trouble in the past …

Floodwaters bring invaders

Northern Nevada’s winter weather has always been unpredictable, but the winter of 2017 will go down in the record books. We received incredible amounts of snow and rain, enough to make local and national headlines. Snow in the Sierra Mountains closed roads and ski resorts, and residents on the valley …