Posts Tagged ‘insects’

Plant an Oak Tree for Biodiversity

If you want to plant a native tree and are wondering which species would benefit wildlife the best, plant an oak. According to wildlife expert Doug Tallamy, the author of “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plantsan oak tree offers the best overall benefit to a huge number of wildlife species. Doug is an entymologist who seeks to tell the world about the importance of biodiversity and preserving habitats for all “the little creatures that help us”. He points out that if you kill the insects, you are killing the birds who need to eat those insects.

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How To Remove Scale on Houseplants

Clean as a whistle, this is how you want your houseplants to look when you bring them inside for winter.

Clean as a whistle, this is how you want your houseplants to look when you bring them inside for winter.

Confession: I’m not a big fan of housekeeping around the house, but for some reason I don’t mind doing a little Suzie Homemaker-ing for my plants. Case in point, I’ve been bringing in my houseplants for the winter, and noticed that a favorite ivy plant looked a bit iffy, with some yellow spots. Close inspection discovered a small brown bump on one of the  leaves. Ack! Scale!

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