Posts By: Kelly Welsh


Ants in the Home

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The warming days of spring are often accompanied by ants in the home. According to Kansas State University, a few “scout” ants search for food and water, and once finding it, they will lay down a chemical trail to show others the way. If you can trace the ants back to a nest, control is…

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House Plant “Vacation”

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You might want to consider having your house plants go on a vacation once the weather warms up for good, night temperatures consistently above 55 degrees. It is often a real refreshing house plant pick-me-up for them after a long season of in-house low light levels. An area with dappled shade generally is most beneficial,…

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Carpenter Bees

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Have you seen or been bothered by large “bumble bees” flying around your house or getting rather up close and personal lately?  The correct identity of these bees is the carpenter bee, the largest bee native to the U.S.  It looks very much like a bumble bee but the carpenter bee has a bare abdomen…

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Bagworms

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Bagworms are an insect pest that can be reasonably well controlled with simple handpicking. Now is the time to look for and remove these insects, while they are still in the bag. Use hand pruners or scissors to snip off the bags as they are held quite tightly to branches and stems and pulling or…

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Henbit and Purple Deadnettle

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Henbit and Purple Deadnettle You may be starting to see plants with small pink/purple flowers beginning to blossom in lawns and flower beds.  Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule, is a winter annual from Eurasia and North Africa. As a member of the Mint Family, it has squares stems – a good identification characteristic along with it early…

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Ornamental Grasses

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Cut Back Ornamental Grasses If you have ornamental grasses in your landscape they should be cut back as soon as possible. This is the process of removing all the dead foliage down to 6”-8” above the ground. The grasses will green up earlier if the foliage is removed and the appearance will also be more attractive if the…

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Wet Soils

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It is very important not to get in the garden too early in the spring when soils are quite wet. If you do, you can cause the soil structure to be destroyed. As an example, think of a garden soil with good texture as being similar to a nicely textured chocolate cake. If you take the chocolate cake…

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