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Tropical species of milkweed can harm monarch butterflies

Tropical species of milkweed can harm monarch butterflies

Garden Sage also weighs in about an interesting fungi and a potentially edible weeds.

January 22, 2015 2:12 pmLoading…
Reader ponders why his oak tree is messier than those downtown

Reader ponders why his oak tree is messier than those downtown

Peter Warren gets to the root of several tree complaints.

January 17, 2015 11:30 amLoading…
Overwatering can cause a number of problems

Overwatering can cause a number of problems

Q: One of my triple totem pole plants has a vertical crack. I wonder if this could be from overwatering? I followed instructions when I planted it in May and did not water it for six weeks. Then we had quite a bit of rain this summer. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

January 10, 2015 11:30 amLoading…
Garden sage: on oleader leaf scorch

Garden sage: on oleader leaf scorch

Growing avocados

December 27, 2014 9:15 am
Saving your citrus tree

Saving your citrus tree

Q: I saw your newspaper column and wondered if you could help me. A year ago I lost a grapefruit tree. It started with one branch rotting and continued to the trunk of the tree. Now the back branches on my two citrus trees are rotting away. First the bark starts to peel away and then the bra…

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Garden Sage: Controlling hungry caterpillars and mistletoe

Garden Sage: Controlling hungry caterpillars and mistletoe

Since the berries of true mistletoes mature in winter, they are an important food source for many birds.

December 13, 2014 7:15 pmLoading…
Puncture vine is sharp enough to make grown men scream and dogs howl.

Puncture vine is sharp enough to make grown men scream and dogs howl.

Q: I have a weed I am trying to identify. It has beautiful yellow flowers with five petals and is growing along the ground in my driveway. Any ideas?

December 13, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Yellow leaves may signal over watering

Yellow leaves may signal over watering

Garden Sage tackles tree problems, pomegranates in particular.

December 06, 2014 9:00 pm
Garden Sage: What to do about fungus gnats

Garden Sage: What to do about fungus gnats

Watering your plants less will help manage them.

November 29, 2014 4:00 pmLoading…
Garden Sage tackles slime flux, white grubs and eriophyid mites

Garden Sage tackles slime flux, white grubs and eriophyid mites

What to do when white grubs are killing your potted plants.

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Fungus, mildew and rot can take a toll on desert plants

Fungus, mildew and rot can take a toll on desert plants

Garden Sage: Desert plants can be unintended hosts.

November 15, 2014 11:15 amLoading…
Garden Sage: Scorpions, aphids, a hungry caterpillar are budding readers

Garden Sage: Scorpions, aphids, a hungry caterpillar are budding readers

Watch where you step - there are up to 60 species of scorpions in Arizona.

November 02, 2014 1:45 pm

Ask the Garden Sage: Wasps on the water probably getting a drink

That yellow wasp drinking from your pool help keeps caterpillars from your garden.

October 25, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
Garden Sage: Three strategies to eliminate mosquito bites

Garden Sage: Three strategies to eliminate mosquito bites

Got mosquitoes? Garden Sage gives tips on how to protect yourself.

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The Garden Sage tackles the striped cucumber beetle

The Garden Sage tackles the striped cucumber beetle

Beware the striped cucumber beetle, he can do a number on your veggies.

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The 411 on that big worm eating your pepper plant

The 411 on that big worm eating your pepper plant

Also, tips on trimming trees and using coffee as compost.

September 20, 2014 11:00 amLoading…
Garden Sage: Beetles, a snake plant and curling lemon tree leaves

Garden Sage: Beetles, a snake plant and curling lemon tree leaves

Thrips are tiny insects that disfigure citrus leaves by feeding on new growth.  

September 13, 2014 10:00 am Photos

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Ask the Garden Sage: Attracting swallowtail butterflies

Ask the Garden Sage: Attracting swallowtail butterflies

Garden Sage fields questions about butterflies, humic acid and selecting trees to save energy.

September 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Ask the Garden Sage: Keeping verdin out of the garden

Ask the Garden Sage: Keeping verdin out of the garden

Verdin probably not the culprits behind damaged tomatoes.

August 30, 2014 12:45 pmLoading…
Garden Sage: Ants and termites both swarm this time of year

Garden Sage: Ants and termites both swarm this time of year

There are subtle ways to identify these insects.

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What kind of bugs are on my sweet acacia?

What kind of bugs are on my sweet acacia?

Bordered plant bugs may look threatening but do little damage.  

August 16, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Ask the Garden Sage: Plant-stripping ants

Ask the Garden Sage: Plant-stripping ants

Ants, giant mesquite bugs and a stick-like flower.

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Ask the Garden Sage: Health is best defense against insects

Ask the Garden Sage: Health is best defense against insects

Peter Warren fields questions about Moringa trees, a tarantula rescue and more.

July 27, 2014 10:00 amLoading…
Ask the Garden Sage: What are these weird pods?

Ask the Garden Sage: What are these weird pods?

Screwbean mesquite pods are tasty and might make nice jewelry.

July 19, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Ask the Garden Sage: Beetle is damaging palo verde tree

Ask the Garden Sage: Beetle is damaging palo verde tree

A desert-dwelling beetle is known for its boring activity

July 06, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ask the Garden Sage

Ask the Garden Sage

Growing fava beans, trimming bird of paradise and watering mature citrus trees

June 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ask the Garden Sage: Keep kissing bugs out of your house

Ask the Garden Sage: Keep kissing bugs out of your house

I am finding kissing bugs in my house. Is there any way to prevent them from getting in and biting us?

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Garden Guru: Ensuring your plants don’t promote wildfire

Garden Guru: Ensuring your plants don’t promote wildfire

This is the debut of a gardening column that will appear twice a month in the Star’s Home + Life section.

May 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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