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...

Spiders Eat Pests and Each Other

As much as earthworms are evidence of fertile, well-aerated soil, spiders are a sign of ongoing pest control in the garden. Spiders provide an around- the-clock security service that puts the clamps ...

Citrus Fruiting Rhythms & Spinosad

Q. I have a Valencia orange tree, I believe it’s a dwarf (9 feet tall) and is about 20 years old. My problem is fruiting. Year before last the tree was full of normal sized oranges, last year I...

Spider Plants & Other Invasives

Invasive Spider Plant Deceptively Charming I remember the first time I saw a spider plant. It was hanging in a basket from the ceiling of a sun-splashed living room. I examined it with mouth agape, a...