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August 2007

Butterfly bush

If there’s one plant that should be in every butterfly garden, this is it. Its fragrant spikes of pink, purple or white flowers will draw in almost any passing butterfly.

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Pink snow mold

Ever notice a pink slime on your lawn in spring? It might be snow mold. This fungus attacks grass at temperatures between 40 and 60 degrees.

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Chlorosis

At first glance, the meadow rue leaves below might look fine. But see how the veins are still green and the rest of the leaf is beginning to turn yellow? That’s the early sign of chlorosis.

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Spittlebugs

Spittlebugs, or froghoppers, are easily identified by the frothy, white foam that protects them from predators. They hatch in midspring and remain hidden for six to seven weeks.

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Garden hoses

When it comes to hoses, it’s hard to tell the difference between them from the outside. An inexpensive, plain vinyl hose will move water, but it might kink easily or even burst under strong pressure.

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Pokeweed

You can identify this perennial weed by its coarse, purplish stems and large, glossy leaves with maroon veins on the undersides.

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