Remedies for Ridding Yourself of Pests


Our gardens attract a lot of critters, mostly good — but a few are bad. I constantly talk about how biodiversity is the key ingredient to our gardens, but sometimes rabbits, birds, dogs and cats want to use our garden as much as, if not more than, we do. It’s a frustrating experience and one not easily rectified, but the Garden Guy is here with some new and not-so-new ideas … Read More →

Summer Lawn Hints

lawn mower

It’s summer time and taking care of your lawn becomes an important part of your lawn’s life. I have found that the organic way is the only way to fully enjoy that lawn. You won’t have to worry about those dangerous pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizers. By going organic, you are encouraging the beneficial macro- and micro-organisms that do so much to maintain the natural balance. To get your lawn … Read More →

Go Tropical in Your Landscape


One of the greatest benefits of living in the Valley is the warm weather, which allows us to grow a wide assortment of plants. If you want to try your green thumb at a few tropical varieties of fruiting plants, look no further. I have some wonderful tips! Avocado trees can be purchased from nurseries all over town. Certain species do better than others, so purchase the plant from a … Read More →

Homemade Weed Control Recipe

1 Gallon of The Garden Guy’s 10% Vinegar 3 tablespoons of orange oil (homemade or purchased as Zep’s Heavy Duty Citrus Degreaser avail. at home center stores or any cleanser with D-Limonene) 1 – 2 drops of Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap (Whole Foods) or Dawn Dishwashing liquid Put in plastic spray bottle, shake up and spray directly on anything you want to eliminate. DO NOT spray on anything you want … Read More →

All About Spiders

brown recluse

Arizona Recluse Spiders The true brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) does not live in Arizona, but two closely related species have been reported in the state. They are quite similar to the brown recluse and can be distinguished only by an expert. The Arizona species are Loxosceles arizonica and L. deserta. Three other species, one from the southeast corner of the state (and the New Mexican and Mexican Chihuahuan Desert), … Read More →

Cockroaches in Arizona


There are at least 20 different species of cockroaches in Arizona, probably about 10 are native and rarely encountered in the urban environment. Those established in urban areas include: the American, brown-banded, field, German, Oriental, Surinam and Turkestan. Most cockroaches are tropical or subtropical in origin and generally live outdoors. However, some species have adapted well to living with humans. Though it is true that they prosper in clutter, filth … Read More →

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