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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

26950 Walter Andersen Nursery
Snails & Slugs
These pesky creatures can drive you crazy.

How to Prevent and Treat Powdery Mildew

2395 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

4057 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

4706 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

6470 Ron Vanderhoff
Red Palm Weevil
Imagine the Southern California skyline without the presence of majestic date palms and…

New Pest Walking through the Garden

11274 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

4482 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

36069 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

6074 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

24093 Ron Vanderhoff
Fig Beetle
During August, I often hear an approaching green fig beetle before I see it.

Featured Plant Care

Firethorn Monthly Plant Care

Firethorn - Scarlet (Pyracantha coccinea) - Monthly Plant Care Reminders

in Shrubs
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Abutilon Plant Care

Abutilon spp. (Flowering Maple) Monthly Plant Care Calendar

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

Fig Tree (Ficus carica) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Edibles
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Passion Fruit Monthly Plant Care

Passion Fruit (Passiflora edulis) - Monthly Plant Care Calendar

in Edibles
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Edit Your Tagged Photos!

How to Edit or Remove A Plant "Tag" In Your Garden Photos

Instead of 'Tagging' your friends on Facebook, now you can 'Tag' your Plants in your…

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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

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