The Plum Leafroller: A Local Pest

Pest: Plum Leafroller How to identify if your tree has it. The plum leafroller is a worm that rolls up the leaves like a cigar. Observe your tree for rolled leaves and feeding damage in fruit clusters. You may find the small green worm if you unfurl the leaf. You may also see some minor webbing and black worm excrement. What kind of damage does it cause? The larval stage feeds on fruit and leaves. Prebloom feeding can result in fruit abortion or deeply scarred fruit. What to do if your tree has it. The preferred method of eradication when they are present is hand picking the affected leaves from your tee. However, if the entire tree is infested with live worms, there is a commercial biologic

5 DIY Curb Appeal Upgrades

Are you prepping your home for sale this summer? There are several easy, inexpensive things you can do to enhance the curb appeal of your home. Establish crisp, clean garden edges. Clean lines make your yard appear tailored and tidy. You can carve an edge yourself with a shovel, a long-handled edger, or even an electric edger. Simply cut along the line you are defining and then pull up the cut grass. A 90-degree angle cut will provide a perfect edge for fresh mulch to sit against. Apply a fresh layer of mulch to your beds. In terms of most ‘bang for your buck,’ this is it! Fresh mulch covers up pesky weeds and makes your edging work stand out even more. Plan to mulch shortly before your hous

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