Planning and planting your garden while imaging how it will look in the future is creative and fun. Sometimes challenges happen to challenge your vision. These can include pest invasions, plants failing to thrive or things beyond your control such as the weather. What can you do to prevail over these challenges?

Some options to help plants recover

For pest problems from aphids to gophers, the UC IPM resources accessible through the Master Gardener web site offers science-based solutions. Whether you know the critter invading your space, or are only seeing evidence of their attack, you can access information by pests or plant type. Under plants, there will also be a list of abiotic problems not related to pests, which can occur with that particular plant, including diseases such as powdery mildew or symptoms of nutrient deficiencies.

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