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Articles about Insects, Diseases & Rodents (Click for Full List)

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Citrus Psyllids - New Citrus Pest a Serious Threat

By now you may have heard about a new pest that was discovered last month in Orange County.
Canna Leaf Roller

Canna Leaf Rollers & Other Common Bugs

Summer has arrived in the south and the bright colors of the Cannas are everywhere.

Controlling Snails and Slugs in Your Garden

28037 Walter Andersen Nursery
Snails & Slugs
These pesky creatures can drive you crazy.

How to Prevent and Treat Powdery Mildew

2974 San Diego Seed Company
Brijette Peña
For any of us that grow close to the coast or in areas that get lots of morning dew or…

Life and Death Struggles at play in your Garden

4584 Ron Vanderhoff
Lady Bug Eating Aphids
Not long ago gardeners seemed to spend as much time controlling pests as they did any…

New Palm Pest Garnering Much Attention

5290 Ron Vanderhoff
Red Palm Weevil
Earlier this month I reported on the discovery in Laguna Beach of the world's most…

New Pest of Palms Discovered In Laguna Beach

7001 Ron Vanderhoff
Red Palm Weevil
Imagine the Southern California skyline without the presence of majestic date palms and…

New Pest Walking through the Garden

11828 Ron Vanderhoff
Walking Stick
A couple of weeks ago I received an email from a Costa Mesa gardener.

No Need to Panic Over a Few Summer Pests

4993 Ron Vanderhoff
Rose Slugs
Summer is upon us. Not only are temperatures rising, but so is the likelihood of a few…

Oh My -- There's a Hideous Blob in my Garden

36597 Ron Vanderhoff
Slime Mold
If you are reading this while feasting on a scrambled egg breakfast, you may want to turn…

Sudden Oak Death Found in Presidio National Park

6608 The Mulch Team
Healthy Coastal Live Oak
SAN FRANCISCO — A coast live oak tree in Presidio National Park has been found infected…

Whack! Another Fig Beetle Lands in the Garden

24690 Ron Vanderhoff
Fig Beetle
During August, I often hear an approaching green fig beetle before I see it.

Featured Plant Care

Plant Care Reminders for Trees in Zone 24

Plant Care Reminders - Trees - Sunset Zone 24

in Trees
Do you live In coastal southern California? Do you grow any of these trees?
Asian Pear Monthly Plant Care

Pear - Asian (Pyrus pyrifolia) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Edibles
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Zuchinni Monthly Plant Care

Zuchinni Squash - (Cucurbita pepo 'Zucchini') - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Edibles
You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!
Outdoor Plants Indoors

Growing an Outdoor Plant, Indoors

Working at a nursery, a common question is “can I grow this indoors”.

Latest Articles

Giant White Sea Squill - Urginea maritima  - photo courtesy Carlyn Schaffner

Drimia maritima (syn. Urginea maritima) - Giant White Sea Squill Plant Care

Drimia maritima (syn. Urginea maritima) - Giant White Sea Squill What: A Mediterranean…
Echeverias roots

Echeveria: How to Slice and Re-root Large Echeverias

Widely known as the “Queen of Succulents,” Debra Lee Baldwin is the award-winning garden…

Plant Care Reminders List of Links By Botanical Name

Plant Care Reminders List of Links By Botanical Name. We have monthly regional plant care…

Popular Articles

Baseball Field Maintenance

Baseball Field Maintenance - A General Guide for Fields of All Levels

in Lawn
More great baseball field resources can be found here (including a pdf version of this…
Queen Palm Care & Use

The Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana) Care & Use

in Trees
Jungle Music Palms and Cycads is a family owned and operated business established in 1977
Microgreens

What are Microgreens and How to Grow Them

in Edibles
Microgreens are tiny leafed vegetables that are grown from seed and require very little…
Kahili Ginger Plant Care

Hedychium gardnerianum (Kahili Ginger) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

You can have these monthly Plant Care Reminders sent directly to you each month!

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