Garden Care Boise ID
Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting a garden for the first time, this guide will help you to care for you garden. Learn how to handle pest problems, spread seeds, improve soil conditions, care for plants and more.
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Ground ivy ( Glechoma hederacea ) is also called creeping charlie in Boise. It is a hardy perennial found in moist, partially shaded sites throughout North America. Like its mint cousins, ground ivy's creeping stems root where they touch the soil, and the plants also shed numerous seeds.
Hawkweed ( Hieracium spp.) often forms dense colonies in areas of the lawn where the soil is infertile and acidic. A hardy perennial found throughout North America, hawkweed holds its rosettes of wildly hairy leaves close to the soil surface, safe from mower blades. Orange hawkweed ( Hieracium aurantiacum ) and meadow hawkweed ( Hieracium pratens ) are invasive forms that send up orange.
Henbit ( Lamium amplexicaule ) is a mint cousin that's common in gardens in the eastern half of the United States. You can also see it in Boise. In the north it is a spring annual. In the south, henbit sprouts in fall and blooms in early spring.
Hop clover ( Trifolium dubium ) seeds that find their way into dormant warm-season lawns quietly grow into sturdy rosettes during the winter months. In spring, stems studded with classic three-leaf clovers (and the occasional four-leaf version) lengthen and produce small yellow flower clusters. Use a sharp knife to cut plants off at the soil line to reduce reseeding .
Horsetail ( Equisetum arvense ) has been around in Boise since dinosaur days. It is a common perennial weed in the northern half of North America, especially in moist soils. Upright stems with cone-like tips bear spores, but horsetail owes its staying power to spreading roots.
A trellis covered in morning glories brightens up an old shed. Instead of imagining your garden in Boise as a flat canvas, look at it as a three-dimensional space. Picture plants growing up -- on trellises. There are a number of reasons, both aesthetic and practical, for growing plants on vertical structures.
The discolored foliage on this vinca is the result of a late frost, so rule out environmental factors before assuming there's a disease present. Most garden diseases in Boise are caused by fungi -- microscopic relatives of the common garden mushroom. Mature fungi release millions of spores that are then carried on the wind or otherwise get transferred to our plants.
The list of illnesses in Boise carried by summer's insect pests is daunting: encephalitis, West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, malaria, dengue fever, Lyme disease. Although the likelihood of contracting any of these diseases from an insect bite is very small, it still makes sense to protect yourself.
Indian mockstrawberry ( Duchesnea indica ) grows into a dense ground cover in moist shade, and often invades shady swaths of lawn in all except the dry mountain states. Like cultivated strawberries, the plants have three-lobed leaflets, but the edges of Indian mockstrawberry leaves have rounded scallops rather than points.
The larvae of a green lacewing busily feeding on aphids in Boise. Larvae can grow to 3/8" long. Lacewings are found throughout the United States. They are predators of many garden pests including aphids, thrips, mites, whiteflies, and other small, soft-bodied pests and their eggs. The larvae are yellowish-gray, mottled with brown, and have large mouthparts.
Adult ladybugs, or ladybird beetles, are typically a brick red or orange with black markings. But some are black, often with red markings. Their larvae look like miniature alligators, and they live up to their appearance by being voracious predators of many garden pests in Boise.
Lambsquarters ( Chenopodium album ) is a fast-growing summer annual in Boise. Common in gardens throughout North America, young lambsquarters leaves are edible. Older leaves have white undersides.
Late blight strikes tomatoes and potatoes all over North America at any stage of growth. Irregular gray spots form on leaves. White mold grows on the undersides of these spots.
Perennial gardens in Boise require less maintenance than lawns, but they do need regular care to look their best and stay healthy. The following tasks are arranged in order of frequency from weekly to annually. Tools and Materials Scissors or hand pruners Trowel Water source, soaker hose or sprinkler Hoe with small, sharp blade Half-moon edger or garden spade Lawn rake Steel rake Perennials.
Healthy, vigorous vegetable plants in Boise produce the most flavorful and bountiful harvests. Give your garden plants the moisture and nutrients they need, and keep them weeded and harvested for tasty and nutritious crops. Tools and Materials Water source, hose, or watering can Organic mulch Hoe Fertilizer, 5-10-10 Water.
Mallow ( Malva neglecta ) is hollyhock's evil cousin common in Boise. Present throughout North America and common in the Midwest and northeast, mallow is an annual capable of surviving mild winters. The pale pink or white flowers are hard to see, but look for them and pull plants before the blooms give way to disc-shaped seedpods.
Several species of mealybugs pose problems for gardeners across North America. Host plants include citrus, apples, peaches, grapes, potatoes, and a number of tropical plants -- including houseplants.
Given its size and spots, you might mistake this pest for a ladybug. Though related to ladybugs, Mexican bean beetles are far from beneficial. Their distinctive bronze background color gives away their identity.
From the smallest house mouse to the largest Norway rat, these rodents live wherever humans do. Rats and mice are active at night, while voles can be seen scurrying about day or night.
These insect-eating underground dwellers are found throughout the country and prefer to dig in moist loamy soils, avoiding sandy or clay soils when possible. Contrary to popular opinion, most moles don't eat plants.
Various species of these microscopic worms are found all over North America, but they are a more severe problem in the South. They feed on the roots of a wide variety of plants, including tomatoes, celery, beans, and spinach.
Nimblewill ( Muhlenbergia shreberi ) grows as a native perennial grass in moist places in the eastern half of North America, but its green season is much too short to make it a good grass for lawns. This grass grows well through summer -- especially in partial shade -- and then becomes brown and fragile in early fall.
Nutsedge ( Cyperus esculentus ) is a perennial weed that usually appears in Boise. Common in moist soils throughout much of North America, nutsedge reproduces by shedding seeds and by developing nut-like edible "chufas" on its root tips.
Let's face it, opossums aren't pretty. They have up to 50 needle-like teeth and ooze offensive fluids from both ends of their body. But like most of the creatures we've profiled here, they learn fast.
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Several tiny wasps are parasites of garden pests. Most common are the Ichneumon wasps, Braconid wasps (pictured at left), and Chalcid wasps. You're much more likely to see the work of these tiny parasitic wasps than the insects themselves.
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Pigweed ( Amaranthus retroflexus ) is often called redroot pigweed because of its pinkish red root. A warm-weather annual most common where summers are hot, pigweed seeds sprout in late spring or early summer. Several common garden insect pests eat pigweed, so some gardeners allow a few plants to remain among vegetables, and then pull them out before they develop seeds.
Poison ivy ( Toxicodendron radicans ) often grows as a ground cover in Boise until it finds a tree. It then becomes a long-lived deciduous vine. Resin in poison ivy leaves and stems causes severe itching that often persists for three weeks. Learn to recognize poison ivy's glossy three-leaflet leaves, and always wear gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when working near it.
After a season of enjoying the blooms from your perennial flower garden, late fall is the time in cold-winter regions (USDA Climate Hardiness Zones 8 and colder) to prepare the beds for winter. Taking good care of beds in fall will help them thrive next spring and summer.
Prickly lettuce ( Lactuca serriola ) seeds travel with the help of their downy, white plumes. Seedlings of this hardy annual appear in damp soil in spring and summer. Mature plants grow 3 to 5 feet tall, and produce small, yellow flowers. Broken stems and leaves bleed white latex sap. Found throughout much of North America, prickly lettuce can grow in any type of soil.
Prostrate knotweed ( Polygonum aviculare ) is one of the first annual weeds to appear in spring in Boise. Common throughout most of North America, knotweed stems spiral outward from a central crown, forming mats of blue-green foliage. A thin, light green sheath covers the base of each blue-green leaf, and helps to hide the small white flowers that are wedged into the leaf axils.
"Bramble" the name given to plants in the genus Rubus, which includes the many forms of raspberries(including red, golden, black, and purple kinds) and blackberries (both upright and trailing types) in Boise.
Purslane ( Portulaca oleracea ) appears after the soil warms in late spring or early summer. Common in rich, fertile soil, purslane's succulent stems and leaves stay close to the ground. Young leaves and stems are edible. Tiny flowers at stem tips quickly give way to seedpods. Purslane seeds can persist in soil for years, so pull young seedlings or cultivate older plants.
Quackgrass ( Agropyron repens ) is a persistent perennial weed in the northern half of North America. Plants usually appear in broad, 1- to 3-foot-tall clumps in Boise, because new shoots grow from wandering underground rhizomes.
Raccoons are nocturnal animals that are thriving thanks to increased human contact, as anyone with an unsecured dumpster or trash can will attest. Wild populations prefer areas with trees and water nearby.
Ragweed ( Ambrosia artemisiifolia ) is a native, warm-weather annual found throughout North America, usually in sunny sites. It can crowd out garden plants, plus ragweed pollen causes hay fever. Learn to recognize the deeply cut leaves, and pull young plants from moist soil or spray them with an organic herbicide containing acetic acid or clove oil.