Folks in areas without roaches might be surprised to hear that these insects are equal opportunity scavengers. This means that in areas where roaches thrive, you are just as likely to find roaches in the garden as indoors. Outdoor roach problems can soon become indoor roach problems, which means that garden roach control should be a priority. Read on to learn how to kill cockroaches in the garden. Garden Roach Control Just like every other creature on the planet, cockroaches are looking for food, water and shelter. If you find roaches in the garden, you are likely providing all three. So, the first thing to do when controlling garden roaches is to remove any food or water sources and minimize areas that will harbor the pests. Pest control experts refer to this as “exclusion.” Look around the yard for any sources of water such as upturned flower pots, watering cans
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Azaleas, plants in the Rhododendron genus, are among the most colorful and easy-care flowering shrubs a gardener can have in the backyard. Their requirements are few, but they do need moist soil. Mulching azalea bushes is one way to keep the humidity in the soil, but using mulch for azaleas helps the plants in other ways too. Read on for information about the best azalea mulch, including tips on how to mulch azaleas. About Azalea Mulching Before you choose a mulch for azaleas, it’s important to understand the concept of mulch. Mulch is a verb that means placing a layer of material on the top of the soil around plants to hold in moisture and keep down weeds. It’s also a noun referring to the material you can use. Almost anything capable of being layered can work as mulch, including newspaper, pebbles and chopped dry leaves. But many gardeners think
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Purslane is a weedy bane of many gardeners and yard perfectionists. Portulaca oleracea is tenacious, grows in a variety of soils, and regrows from seeds and fragments of stem. An important question for any gardener trying without success to eradicate this weed is, can you eat purslane? Is Purslane Safe to Eat? Purslane is a pretty tough weed. Native to India and the Middle East, this weed has spread throughout the world. It is a succulent, so you’ll see fleshy little leaves. The stems grow low to the ground, nearly flat and the plant produces yellow flowers. Some people describe purslane as looking like a baby jade plant. It grows in a range of soils and most heartily in hot, sunny areas. A common spot to see it is in cracks in the sidewalk or driveway. It may be tough and tenacious, but purslane is not just a weed; it
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Abelia is an old standby, hardy to USDA zones 6-10 and grown for its lovely tubular light pink blooms that blossom from summer to fall. But what if an abelia won’t flower? There are a few reasons for an abelia that does not bloom. So what are the reasons for no flowers on abelia and what can be done about getting flowers on abelia plants? Read on to learn more. Help, Why Isn’t My Abelia Flowering? Before we delve into why an abelia won’t flower, a bit of background on this perennial favorite is in order. Abelias are grown for their prolific and generally reliable long bloom time. The masses of pretty pink flowers at the end of arching branches make for a dramatic effect in the garden. The plant is naturally roundish in shape and works beautifully in a butterfly garden where it attracts insects to its sweet-scented blooms.
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