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Insects and Roses

Protect your roses from insects and pests Knock Out® Roses are not pest-resistant, but they are extremely tough so even if bugs get after them, they should be fine. You can use a spray product formulated for roses if the bugs are particularly bad in your area. However, a quick fix to get rid of...

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Roses in the Drought

As California enters its 4 th year of drought, we will be living under mandatory state water restrictions — the first ever for the state. The restrictions will affect mostly urban areas, and therefore what happens in the garden. Roses in the Drought was also the topic of a talk I attended a while...

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Fungal Diseases

Protect your roses from fungal diseases Roses have always been prone to diseases. Two in particular to look out for are powdery mildew and black spot. Unfortunately, once black spot appears on a leaf, nothing can be done to undo the damage. The best thing to do is to cut off the diseased leaves and...

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Rose Slugs

Dealing with Rose Slugs Noticing holes in the leaves of your roses? The leaf damage you are seeing could be from what's called rose slug (also called sawfly). Look on the underside of the leaves. Do you see any tiny green inchworm looking critters? Rose slugs will chew the leaves of plants--leaving...

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Excessive Rainfall and Its Effects on the Garden

By Kristen Pullen Are you tired of the rain yet? It’s safe to say that most of us here in southeastern Pennsylvania are saying, “Enough already!” The total rainfall amounts for the past few months in Philadelphia have broken the previously held records, with June totaling 10.49 inches and July...

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Japanese Beetles

Japanese Beetles On Your Roses For many, summertime means warm temperatures, cool lemonade, and lazy days. But for some roses, summertime may bring Japanese Beetles. If Japanese Beetles snack on your Knock Out® Roses, don’t worry! They will not be detrimental to the overall health of your Knock Out...

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Beneficials in the Garden

Beneficials in the Garden

As we enter the months of July and August, the longer and hotter days will provide the ideal environment for pest populations to increase. However, not all the bugs calling your garden home are the enemy. These helpful bugs are known as beneficials. They are natural predators of garden pests such as aphids, caterpillars, and mites. While some beneficials are naturally present in the environment, there are certain steps you can take to attract more of these useful bugs to your garden.

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Are Japanese Beetles Bugging You?

Japanese beetles have been chewing their way through roses in several parts of the country this summer. If you are having trouble with these annoying pests, take a look at this short video for some helpful hints on dealing with the problem.

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Pest Peeves!

Pests can be such…well….PESTS in the garden. I mean, you go through all the work of picking the right plant for a location, nurturing it, watering it, trimming it, feeding it (maybe sometimes talking to it) only to find that now it’s being attacked by something. Some of us are thinking Kill Kill...

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