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Thousand Cankers Disease – Still Much Ado About Nothing

When tree or other plant damage is imminent, I will be the first to tell you about it. But, I won’t use scare tactics or try to sell you treatment for insects and diseases that might come some day. A disease called thousand cankers falls into that category. I have begun to hear rumors of […]

Integrated Pest Management vs Plant Health Care – What’s The Difference

The terms IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and PHC (Plant Health Care) are now part our horticultural vocabulary. While you may be tempted to use them interchangeably, they are not synonymous. IPM and PHC are concepts, not just terms. And, the two best ways to distinguish them is to remember that IPM is just one facet […]

Turn To Nature, Not The Calendar For Planting Times

Gardeners and farmers used to depend on the calendar, almanacs and journals to schedule their planting. That’s not necessary today, thanks to research by dedicated horticulturists. One tradition that has lived on, however, is to keep a journal. Journals used to be important to gardeners and farmers. Important data were kept in them from previous […]