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August 3, 2012 5:00 AM

Gardener’s almanac (Aug. 4)

Spider mites – Unlike most other living things, spider mites love dry weather. So, naturally, they can be found on all kinds of plants this summer. Look for the telltale white speckled leaves, or put a white sheet of paper underneath a leaf, shake the leaf and look for movement. Try strong blasts of water from the hose on leaves, including undersides, to try to dislodge them. You can also use horticultural oil, insecticidal soap or miticides; be sure to avoid the hottest parts of the day for that job and do it in the morning or evening, extension agent Rebecca McMahon says. Plant injury can result if you apply any miticide, insecticide or fungicide when the air temperature is above 85 degrees, Raymond Cloyd, K-State Research and Extension entomologist, says.

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