Predator insects offer a natural alternative to pesticides. The listed plants will help deter pests and attract natural predators. A mix of these plants provides habitat and alternative food sources many predators require. Predator insects and parasites remain on certain host plants so avoid pesticides. When your plantings mature you’ll be able to observe the “Good Guys’ at work. Pest Insect & Predator Pest Insect Predator Insect Aphids Aphidius Aphids Aphidoletes Thrips, spidermites, fungus gnats…Read More »
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Rabbit and deer are frequent pests in Northern Illinois gardens. While the below list represents plants they generally avoid, it is important to keep in mind that as food supplies dwindle, rabbits and deer will begin to eat things they normally would not. Rabbit Resistant Plants In general, rabbits are discouraged by: Very aromatic plants; prickles and spines; and tough, leathery leaves Achillea Agastache Ajuga Alchemilla Anemone Aquilegia Artemisia Aruncas Aster Astilbe Bergenia Brunnera Centaurea…Read More »
Container plants can dry out quickly in the hot windy days of summer. Soil Moist is a polymer designed to reduce plant watering. It absorbs water similar to a sponge, when the soil dries; the stored water is released to the soil over an extended period of time. Safe to use on all plants, Soil Moist will reduce watering by 50% and last several seasons. www.soilmoist.com To control powdery mildew on perennial Phlox and Monarda…Read More »
Mosquitoes can be a nuisance: their whine is irritating and their bites are itchy. But mosquitoes can also be dangerous: many carry nasty diseases such as West Nile Virus, Zika Virus and Equine Encephalitis, as well as dog and cat Heartworm Disease. In years when we receive above average rainfall, mosquito populations are higher than usual. Adult mosquitoes live for approximately 4–8 weeks. The female needs a blood meal to produce eggs—up to several hundred eggs…Read More »
Jonathan Green Organic Weed Preventer Do a soil test to determine what natural amendments your lawn requires. determine what amendments your planting beds need. Soil Test Kits by LusterLeaf provide 10 tests for pH, and Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potash are available in our garden center. Our expert staff will assist you in selecting the proper organic/natural fertilizer. We recommend fertilizing 4 times a year when first using natural/organic fertilizers. Here’s a easy to remember schedule:…Read More »