Category Archives: Pests

Protecting Yourself From Ticks . . . Without Harming Pollinators

Protect yourself from ticks without destroying beneficial insects. Spraying pesticides to control ticks is ineffective because ticks reside primarily within leaf litter where the sprays cannot reach them, or they are brought in by animal hosts. The pesticides, however, are nonselective and will kill pollinators and other beneficial insects they come in contact with. There are much more effective ways to protect yourself, your family, and your pets and still enjoy the outdoors. Continue reading

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Revised April 2020 Public Education Events

VCE-MGNV Virtual Classroom public education events for April and May 2020 are online and open to all.

❦ Vegetable Garden Design for Success
❦ Tomato Love
❦ Safely Enjoy the Outdoors Despite Mosquitoes and Ticks
❦ The Art of Composting: How to Make Your Own Black Gold
❦ Outdoor Container Gardening: Basics and Beyond Continue reading

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Protecting Yourself From Mosquitoes . . . Without Harming Pollinators

Protecting Yourself From Ticks . . . Without Harming Pollinators
Mosquitos in Northern Virginia can make our gardens uncomfortable places. How can we eradicate these pests without damaging the environment? Continue reading

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Climate Change, Weather Extremes, and Oak Decline

What’s Happening to the Oak Trees?
Urban and suburban trees also deal with urban heat islands, competition with turfgrass, pollution, and construction. Combined with the mature age of many of our oaks and the extreme weather conditions, we are seeing the decline of our tree canopy. Continue reading

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