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Nationally renowned garden expert Melinda Myers helps everyday gardeners find success and ease in the garden through her Melinda’s Garden Moments radio segments. Melinda shares “must have” tips that hold the key to gardening success, learned through her more than 30 years of horticulture experience. Listeners from across the country find her gardener friendly, practical approach to gardening both refreshing and informative! On this page, Melinda shares some more extensive garden tips, which expand on the information provided in her one-minute radio segments.

New tips are added throughout each month, providing timely step-by-step tips on what you need to do next in your garden! Visit Melinda’s website www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and answers to your questions.

Eco-friendly Spider Mite Control - The Garden Mix

Hot dry weather is hard on you and your plants, but great for many pests.  So check your garden often for signs of problems.

Yellowing, speckled leaves and small spider webs are sure signs mites have taken up residence in your plants. These pests suck plant juices, causing the leaves to look somewhat silvery or bronze.  As the population grows and feeding increases the leaves can turn yellow, brown and die.  And by the time the webs are visible, if there are any, the mite population is very large.
So check plants regularly for damage as you’ll need a magnifying glass to see these tiny pests.
Start treatment with a strong blast of water on the upper and lower leaf surfaces and stems.  Follow with insecticidal soap or horticulture oil.  These eco-friendly products are effective against the mites yet safe for people, animals, and the mite’s natural predators.  Repeat weekly as needed.
A bit more information: These tiny pests are members of the spider family so insecticides are not effective.  Many insecticides kill the mite’s natural predators, leading to population explosions. 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com

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