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Week of July 27, 2020

watersproutsUse hand pruners to remove watersprouts from trees and shrubs. These fast growing shoots are considered a waste of energy that diverts growth from the main plant.

Empty containers of standing water as they become mosquito breeding grounds. If necessary, you can kill mosquito larvae with BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis).

Sow seed of mustard greens for a fall harvest. 

Scrub carrots instead of peeling them before eating. 

The two spotted spider mite likes hot, dry conditions. Apply predatory mites to stop a large infestation before it starts! Click here to learn more!

If you have Rhamnus cathartica Buckthorn in your landscape, know that it is an invasive shrub. Consider swapping it out for Hamamelis virginiana Witch Hazel. It is such a beautiful alternative!

Continue deadheads (removing spent blossoms) on perennials and flowering shrubs to encourage additional blooms.

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