[Pictured Above: Larvae of the convergent lady beetle feeding on aphid. The larvae is often mistaken for a pest. Photo Credit: Jack Kelly Clark, courtesy University of California Statewide IPM Program.] Article By: Vincent Lazaneo Each spring as swallows return to Capistrano colonies of aphids appear in gardens. The insect feeds on plant sap and… Continue reading Watch for Aphids in Spring
Article By: Vincent Lazaneo Who would buy a leafless, dead-looking skeleton of a tree that was dug out of the ground and shipped hundreds of miles with no soil on its roots? You should if you want to grow a deciduous fruit tree. Bare root fruit trees dug and sold when they are dormant, cost… Continue reading Dormant Fruit Trees Ready to Plant
Article By: Vincent Lazaneo Remember when cut fir trees used for Christmas décor had a pleasant, piney scent? That seasonal aroma you enjoyed in the past may now be absent unless the decorations you hang on your tree include a pine scented ornament. I have not purchased a cut Christmas tree for many years but… Continue reading The Scent of Christmas Past
[Pictured Above: The onion variety, yellow Granex, is used to produce Maui onions in Hawaii. Photo Credit: Forest Starr and Kim Starr] Article By: Vincent Lazaneo Many cultures use onions to enhance the flavor of prepared food. If you use onions, it’s convenient to buy them from a retail store but people who like to garden… Continue reading Onion Secrets For Sweet Success
[Pictured Above: Large black and yellow garden spider feeds on many pests in garden. Photo Credit: Jack Kelly Clark, courtesy University of California Statewide IPM Program.] Article By: Vincent Lazaneo You may dislike spiders, but before you kill them consider where they are located. Their webs may be a nuisance but for the most part spiders in… Continue reading Spiders: Good Outdoors – Not Indoors
[Pictured Above: Flower and succulent garden with 2” wood chip mulch from the Miramar Landfill Greenery. Photo Credit: Lynlee Austell-Slayter] Article By: Vincent Lazaneo Native plants get the water they need from winter rains, but most of the shrubs and trees planted in our yards need periodic irrigation. We want our landscape plants to grow well but we… Continue reading Organic Mulch Saves Water, Stops Weeds
[Pictured Above: Invasive red imported fire ants are dark, reddish-brown and vary in size from 1/16-1/5” long. Photo Credit: Jack Kelly Clark, courtesy University of California Statewide IPM Program, copyright by Regents of the University of California.] Article by: Vincent Lazaneo Stroll, play or picnic on a lawn at a local park or school and you… Continue reading Watch Out: A Dangerous New Fire Ant is Here!