Tools and Chemicals

IPM – Defined

I value the opinion of Dr. Paul Guillebeau, entomologist and pesticide specialist at the University of Georgia. He tries his best to see both sides of the pesticide question without preaching too loudly. Below are his thoughts on Integrated Pest...

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Homeowner Pesticides – Active Ingredients

As if gardening weren’t complicated enough, the subject of pesticides adds another layer of complexity. Beyond all of the plant names to remember, there is a whole new spectrum of insecticide, fungicide and herbicide product names. To make it easier...

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Foliar Fertilization – Pro’s and Con’s

When and How to Use Foliar FertilizersCarl Rosen and Peter Bierman, Department of Soil, Water, and ClimateUniversity of Minnesota Foliar fertilizers are dilute fertilizer solutions applied directly to plant leaves. As with soil application of fertilizer, the goal of foliar...

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Pesticide Toxicity to Earthworms

by Daryl Pulis, Mrs. Green Thumb Once called the “intestines of the Earth” by Aristotle, earthworms are both indicators of soil health and help to improve the soil as they move through it. Earthworms tunnel deep within the soil, creating...

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