Rid Your Garden of Slugs

Written by Marilyn Pokorney


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Slugs are major pests of horticultural plants throughoutrepparttar 113351 world. They are destructive pests of home gardens, landscapes, nurseries, greenhouses, and field crops.

Slugs also pose a health threat to humans, pets and wildlife by serving as intermediate hosts for parasites such as lungworm.

Slugs are inactive in cold weather and hibernate inrepparttar 113352 soil.

Heavy mulching and watering, required for productive and beautiful gardens create favorable conditions for slugs.

Slugs destroy plants by killing seeds or seedlings, by destroying stems or growing points, or by reducingrepparttar 113353 leaf area. Slug feeding may also initiate mold growth or rotting.

Slugs feed on a variety of living plants chewing holes in leaves, flowers, fruit and young bark. They are also serious pests of ripening fruits, such as strawberries and tomatoes, that are close torepparttar 113354 ground. However, they will also feed on foliage and fruit of some trees favoring citrus. Some plants that are seriously damaged include artichokes, asparagus, basil, beans, cabbage, dahlia, delphinium, hosta, lettuce, marigolds, and many more plants too numerous to list here. To determine if damage is caused by a slug or other insect, look for a clear, silvery mucous trail.

Pruning Roses

Written by Ken Austin


Pruning your roses does not need to be a dreaded task. Follow these tips and make rose pruning an easy gardening job.

  1. Prune fromrepparttar ground up. Most people start atrepparttar 113346 top and this can harmrepparttar 113347 rose and it uses your valuable time.

  2. If itís old, gray and scraggly looking, cut it off.

  3. If there are canes that are growing directly overrepparttar 113348 center, use your pruning saw or loppers and cut flush withrepparttar 113349 cane. Also remove any canes that are really crowding each other. Now you are ready to continue pruning.

  4. When it comes to height remember this: mentally dividerepparttar 113350 cane into three equal parts and get ready to removerepparttar 113351 top one-third. First, however check onrepparttar 113352 outward facing bud. It should be located atrepparttar 113353 intersection ofrepparttar 113354 cane and a leaflet of five. There should be several and if possible find one that faces out.

  5. If you have doubts, cut it off. If itís smaller than a pencil it will only produce even smaller stems. Forrepparttar 113355 larger canes be sure to seal with a drop of plain white glue like Elmerís. This will preventrepparttar 113356 borers from eating your plants.



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