Pests, Weeds & Problems

Learn how to avoid the abundance of inevitable problems you’ll come up against when your gardening. From pests, weeds and general issues, we’ve got you covered with our extensive guides and recommended products.

why do water bugs come out in the summer
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Simon Barker

Why Do Water Bugs Come Out In The Summer?

Everyone loves summer, with its beautiful weather and all the outdoor activities to take part in. But the warmer weather also brings insects, particularly water bugs. If you’re unlucky, it may seem like your home is completely taken over almost overnight. Why is this? So, why does it seem like

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best-pre-emergent-herbicide
Lawn Care
Simon Barker

2021’s 5 Best Pre-Emergent Herbicides [Reviews & Recommendations]

Pre-emergent herbicides are the first line of defense when it comes to safeguarding your lawn from pest species like crabgrass, purslane, dandelion, thistle, chickweed and more. Applying pre-emergent herbicide is also a step in the right direction for lawns currently struggling with ridding weeds and unwanted grass species. Read on

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are crab apples poisonous to dogs
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Simon Barker

Are Crab Apples Poisonous to Dogs?

You’re a responsible dog owner who wants to keep your pup safe from foods and plants that may be dangerous to them. That’s harder than it seems, and takes a lot of diligence and care, especially if your dog is the curious type! If you’ve got a crab apple tree

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how to get rid of springtails in your soil
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Claire Jacobs

How to Get Rid of Springtails In Your Soil [8 Effective Tips!]

Springtails are tiny insects that love a moist environment. Thus, they’re mostly found in mulch, compost and damp areas in your yard. But, they can also inhabit your home. Although these critters are not harmful to humans, pets or plants, they can become a nuisance if found in large numbers.

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is peppermint plant safe for cats
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Claire Jacobs

Is a Peppermint Plant Safe for Cats?

Peppermint plants, like many other mint plant varieties, are not safe for cats. The essential oils that these plants contain are toxic to cats but also dogs and horses. Cats are independent creatures that can find their way into the most unlikely nooks and crannies. That is why it is

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best outdoor mosquito repellent system
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Claire Jacobs

Best Outdoor Mosquito Repellent System [2021’s 5 Top Systems!]

An outdoor mosquito repellent system lets you enjoy the warm weather on your patio or backyard, without the disturbance of flying pests. Both attractant traps and mosquito repellers are excellent gadgets for keeping the immediate space around you mosquito-free, and they’re essential! At Grow Your Yard, we are big fans

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how long does a plant take to recover from overwatering
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Claire Jacobs

How Long Does It Take for a Plant to Recover From Overwatering?

We are all terrified of underwatering our plants. No one wants to be the person who kills their plants by neglecting them. Underwatering, however, is not the most common cause of plant death; overwatering is!  It should take about a week for your plant to recover from overwatering. However, exactly

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how to dispose of roundup
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Claire Jacobs

How To Dispose of Roundup Safely [4 Important Steps]

During the summer months, we all enjoy a bit of yard work, and with that, comes the inevitable battle with the yearly weeds.  There are hundreds of weed killing products out there, but one of the most popular is Roundup. To dispose of Roundup, there may be a tendency to

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is wandering jew poisonous to cats
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Claire Jacobs

Is Wandering Jew Poisonous to Cats?

Wandering jew is a midly toxic plant for cats and other pets. Although it is generally not life-threatening, cats that consume the sap of wandering jew plants can experience skin irritation and bowel irritations causing vomiting or diarrhea. Having plants and pets in the same house makes you wonder whether

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botrytis on plants
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Claire Jacobs

Is Botrytis Harmful to Humans? Our Top Prevention Tips!

Botrytis cinerea, also known as grey mold, is generally not dangerous to humans but it could cause a respiratory allergic reaction in some. The allergic reaction is also referred to as ‘winegrower’s lung’ which is a type of hypersensitivity pneumonitis. This type of mold is most common plants and many

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where do spider mites come from
Pests, Weeds & Problems
Claire Jacobs

Where Do Spider Mites Come From?

Spider mites can come inside the house via anything or anyone that has been outdoors because they are extremely small and lightweight critters. They could have been brought in on a new plant, on the fur of your pet, on your clothing or simply flew inside with a breeze. These

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