| Aug 8, 2012
| 7:42 AM
With 130 reported cases and nine confirmed deaths in North Texas so far this summer, Dallas County Commissioners chose to opt out of immediate aerial insecticide spraying. This after strong recommendations by the Dallas County Medical Society.
| Aug 15, 2012
DALLAS – The North Texas Poison Center staff will serve as an essential resource as Dallas County begins aerial spraying of insecticide to fight this year’s deadly outbreak of West Nile virus.
A call to the poison help line at 1.800.222.1222...
| May 9, 2010
Summer's almost here, which brings to mind swimming, picnics and cool drinks served with a cocktail umbrella.
But it's not all so joyous. The sunny months are also the season of danger: In the water (Jellyfish!), from below (Ticks! Poison ivy!) and...
| Jul 24, 2010
Japanese beetles present a double whammy. The coppery-colored, half-inch-long adult beetles have been attacking plants. Soon, their grub offspring will attack turf.
In sunny, moist areas, around early August, beetle grubs will hatch and feed on the roots...
| Sep 25, 2009
Back to school: Three words that warm a weary parent's heart. Back-to-school shopping: Four words that stop it cold. Between the paper, markers, pencils, pens, binders, backpacks, and clothing, back-to-school shopping can take a toll on your sanity, and...
| Jul 3, 2010
Bees need us, and we need them.
If you plant a succession of spring, summer and fall flowering plants in your yard, bees have a continual source of nectar.
In return, they help pollinate plants in our home vegetable gardens or farm fields.
| Sep 23, 2009
A month after the discovery of Asian citrus psyllids in Santa Ana and Echo Park, state and county plant health authorities are scrambling to implement new regulations for citrus growers who sell at farmers markets in affected areas.
The measures are...
| Oct 11, 2008
IN NO INSTANCE is the California gardener more richly rewarded than with the autumn planting of wildflower seeds. Buy them now, sow them between Halloween and Christmas, and spring will be marked by a tumbling succession of grace notes.
| Feb 23, 2007
There's no need to fumigate your roses with all sorts of potentially harmful chemicals. To keep yourself and the environment safer, use these tips for growing and enjoying roses the natural way. The tips come from Charlie Nardozzi, senior horticulturist...
| Mar 24, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Over the last three years, more than 50 billion honeybees have died, victims of the menacingly named "colony collapse disorder." This sad fact has been the center of much consternation (and, in some circles, out and out panic) as the fate of the bees is...
| May 29, 2010
Not long ago, gardeners seemed to spend as much time controlling pests as they did any other garden activity. Malathion, diazinon, Dursban and chlordane were about as popular as marigolds, dianthus, dahlias and chrysanthemum.
It's nice to see that...