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Compassion for Stink Bugs?

Hello Fellow Readers, During a recent interview with BJ Ward of Warren County Community College in Washington NJ regarding their upcoming visit with Liz Gilbert, he asked if stink bugs are a common garden dilemma question. As a matter of fact, no one yet asked about the annoying littl
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Dreaded Canker Disease

Hello Fellow Readers, Hector and Judy of Morristown NJ, longtime clients become friends, have a “Big and Little” vignette of blue spruces that have begun to decline. Their little blue looks as though the needles were stripped from the lower branches. “Did the deer do this to my baby b
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Dogs and Deer

Hello Fellow Readers, I’m delighted to help Pam and Ed of Sparta NJ create a useful backyard for their rescue canine kids to run. It surely was a dilemma as the grade change from their side gate to the flatter back forty compares to a ski slope. Walking the area was difficult for two-

Chipper Control

Hello fellow readers, Chipmunks are darn cute but often the most frustrating garden pest; even more so than deer. Primarily because there’s no effective spray or fencing to keep them out. Barbara from Succasunna NJ writes, “They were digging holes all around my patio. By spraying Crit
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Desperate Measures

Hello fellow readers, I’ve always thought the reasons to prune are similar to the reasons of caring for ourselves and our families. Improving appearance and health, training the young, controlling size, preventing injury or damage, rejuvenating the old, and influencing bounty. Darren
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The Gall of Cedar-Apple Rust!

Hello fellow readers, ‘It looks like a sea anemone!’ wrote Ruth of Hope referring to the alien-looking bright orange thingy with finger-like protrusions found on a cedar tree. Turns out this two-inch slimy blob is caused by a fungi called Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae (wowee; t
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Ground HOGS!

Hello fellow readers, Bruce from Bangor asked if he had a woodchuck or groundhog problem borrowing holes all over his yard. Same critter Bruce just a different label. They’re Marmota monax to be exact and are in the same family as squirrels – but much bigger eaters. And to think
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Frog Watch USA

Hello fellow readers, On Leap Day, I attended a Frog Watch training hosted by Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills NJ. The training was led by Tedor Whitman, Executive Director, of the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum (CHA) also in Short Hills. CHA is now an official Chapter Leader for Frog Watch
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Kissing Bugs?

Hello fellow readers, Were you bitten by a Kissing Bug during Valentine’s? Chances are no -not that I don’t wish you love. You may recall Craig from Frelinghuysen, our comical guest, with his willows gone wild and fairy ring dilemmas. When Craig asked about Kissing Bugs I reminisced a
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To Feed or not to Feed…That would be No, Dear

Hello Fellow Readers, Last week’s buck rub chat inspired John from Pen Argyl PA to ask if feeding deer would keep them from eating his shrubs. There are signs around town offering deer corn for sale which means folks with kind intentions are feeding them. Or, maybe planning to bate th