Beneficial Garden Insects

Beneficial Garden Insects

Insects can be helpful as well as harmful. Helpful insects control the populations of harmful insects while harmful insects destroy gardens, property, and infest your home. Aphids, potato bugs, whiteflies, slugs, caterpillars, and grasshoppers can invade your property and cause the aforementioned damage. Gardens provide a complex and diverse ecosystem of insects and beneficial insects can prevent an overflow of pests. This article will help detail the helpful bugs you might find and the harmful bugs they prey on. Ladybug Of all the beneficial garden insects, ladybugs are among the most well-known. Their shells range from the iconic red, yellow and orange, always complete with black spots. Ladybugs eat aphids, whiteflies, and Colorado potato beetles. Aphids and whiteflies will bite into the stem of a plant and drink the sap, leaving open wounds that don’t heal and can eventually lead to the death of the plant.… Read Full...
‘Little John’ Dwarf Bottlebrush Plant

‘Little John’ Dwarf Bottlebrush Plant

I’ve loved (and wanted!) ‘Little John’ dwarf bottlebrush plant for several years. That’s saying a lot considering that most of the time I change my mind on my favorite plants and usually end up changing things out in a year or two.  I’ve been waiting to find a place to plant this sun loving shrub in our mostly shady yard and the time has finally come! I bring this up because I think I deserve credit for not actually buying this plant that I’ve been lusting for without having a good place to plant it (quick confession: that is probably only due to the fact that these ‘Little Johns’ are not really cheap). My first experience with this variety of bottlebrush was about three years ago.  … Read Full Post
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