Fencing Out Wousy Wabbits

We have a large back lawn and are overrun with rabbits; they are eating up our lawn like crazy. I have put down hot peppers and garlic powder. That has been very costly and without results. Can you h...

Debunking Horticultural Myths

In the February 2006 edition of  “Landscape Notes,” the Ventura County Cooperative Extension newsletter, Dr. James Downer, Ventura Country farm adviser, writes a fascinating article title...

Barn Owl Nesting Box = Gopher Control

“Can you suggest a plant that repels gophers? We have a large number on our embankment and they are starting to create a real problem. Also, previously you had reported that New Zealand flax is...

Everything You Need to Know About Gophers

If you have noticed lots of gopher mounds on your property in recent days, do not jump to the conclusion that you have done something egregiously wrong and have thus been singled out for punishment. ...

Tamarixia wasps in Disneyland

What was once the most popular hedge plant in Los Angeles is making a comeback – thanks to a minuscule wasp and Mickey Mouse. Syzygium paniculatum, commonly known as Australian brush cherry or ...

Mysterious Primrose Heist

  A culture that promotes instant gratification and overnight success is almost certain to discourage would-be gardeners. This time of year, for example, someone who has never gardened before wi...

Return of the Giant Whitefly

The prolonged spell of warm weather we have experienced this winter has been good for the giant whitefly. As long as temperatures stay mild, this insect pest will continue to be fruitful and multiply...