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Mark Cullen offers great tips and advice – Limited tickets available

Mark Cullen, Home Hardware’s Gardening Gru, will host an informative evening at the Wellington Community Centre on Thursday, April 12 from 6:30 – 9 pm. Only a limited number of tickets are available, so act quickly.
Tickets are available at Picton Home Hardware,
13544 Loyalist Parkway, Picton.

Mark Cullen’s Greener Way to Control Garden Bugs

Dealing with lawn and garden bugs can be difficult, but more than 95 per cent of the insects in our yards, such as earthworms, ladybugs and praying mantis, are actually helpful to the home gardener.

“I believe we can garden successfully without the use of toxic chemicals, and that includes insect control,” says Mark Cullen, Home Hardware’s Gardening Expert and author of The Canadian Garden Primer. Here are some of the most common pest problems, with Mark’s natural and organic solutions.

Beetles usually attack plants by eating their leaves and laying eggs that hatch in late fall or early spring. Applying dormant spray early in the spring can help kill off eggs before they hatch. Green Earth Dormant Spray is a safe, organically based product.

Aphids are sucking insects common in many gardens. They cause damage such as wilting and growth deformity, but they can easily be controlled with Green Earth insecticidal soap, a natural organic spray with no harmful effects on humans or pets. One spray application should do the trick.

Mark’s Most-Requested Recipe For Ant Control

Mix one litre of water, one teaspoon of Borax and a cup of sugar. Soak cotton balls in the solution and place them in an old margarine container. Punch holes in the lid so ants can get in. Place the containers in locations where you’ve seen ants (out of reach of pets and children). The ants will gather the poison sugar, take it back to the nest and eventually kill the entire colony.

Visit with Mark Cullen on April 26 for more helpful tips for your lawn or garden.

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