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Growing a Bee-Friendly Garden

Posted by Katie Marks | Feb 21, 2014

Getting ready to pick up plants from the nursery this spring? Worried about bee deaths? You'd better think twice about the source of your plants, because you could unwittingly be hurting...


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How to Control Garden Gophers

Posted by Steve Graham | Jun 23, 2013

Gophers can be a serious threat in home gardens. They have a nasty reputation for pulling entire plants down from their roots and eating them. Even if your plants haven’t been...


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Fun Facts About Brood II Cicadas

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | May 22, 2013

Fun fact #1: Cicadas have emerged and swarmed Staten Island, NY. Exterminators have perhaps their biggest project ever. Will the cicada infestation of 2013 be worse for Staten Island...


A honeybee collects nectar from a flower. (njmcc/istockphoto.com)

How Not to Get Stung By Bees

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 15, 2013

It is no secret that the author of this article is a big fan of honey bees and bumble bees, and an unabashed promoter of bee-friendly landscaping. That is why I choose to begin this...


A sign warns residents to keep pets on leash due to coyotes. (Photo: marganz/sxc.hu.)

How to Keep Coyotes Out of Your Yard

Posted by Chaya Kurtz | Apr 14, 2013

Coyotes have colonized most major cities, including Chicago and New York City. While spotting wildlife can be exciting, there are compelling reasons to discourage coyotes from living...


Raised garden beds are recommended by the author for all around healthier plants. (Photo: melodi2/morguefile.com)

Compassionate Garden Pest Control

Posted by Sayward Rebhal | Jun 26, 2012

Pests are a part of gardening. Period. And although traditional techniques (like the ones recommended by the Chicago pest control experts at the University of Illinois Extension Service)...


A hummingbird visits a flower. (magicmonkey/Flickr)

Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden

Posted by Cris Carl | May 20, 2012

Attracting hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden not only can bring a sense of delight, but tie you into something greater as well. “You can enjoy the full circle in your...


A gopher emerges from his hole. (Photo: goingslo/Flickr)

Gophers in my garden... now what?

Posted by Jordan Laio | May 08, 2012

It is spring and you've just turned over your winter green manure, double dug your beds, and transplanted seedlings. The soil looked perfect, the sprouts just taking off, and suddenly,...