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Dr. Rick feels conserving water makes sense. In this segment he creates functional use zones.

Different plants need different amounts of water, if we plant like plants in an area, we can be more efficient in watering, thus conserve water.

We take a look at different methods used to control Mosquitos.

They bite and hurt and are hard to control. What is the bottom line, what works, what doesn't? Citronella Candles - work if you're in the smoke. do you want to be in the smoke? Bug Zappers seem to kill more beneficial bugs than harmful ones. The Mosquito Plant works somewhat if you rub the plant all over your body, not a pleasant thought for Walter. Electronic repellents don't seem to be much use either. Sprays and foggers will kill the bugs in the area for an hour or so. But what about the bugs that fly into the area, unless they land on the sprayed area their effectiveness is limited and short-lived. The best method is to remove standing water or use Mosquito pellets or donuts that kill the larvae in the water.

Catherine Drewery introduces us to one of her favorite plants, the Cardoon.

It's bold, architectural foliage looks like an Artichoke. It is not only beautiful but can be used in food or for medicinal purposes. It has pretty blooms in the winter and spring.

Dr. Rick's Timely Tips - Tomato Horn Worms, Simplicity in Color and Sedum

Dr. Rick shows you how to identify and control the Tomato Horn Worm. In your landscape a simple color scheme with different textures and forms can make for a striking visual effect. Try a Sedum, in the south they are hardy plants requiring low maintenance, yet attractive. A champ for the Southern Garden.

In response to an email. We discuss how to kill Poison Ivy.

Two chemicals are particularly effective, Tryclopyr, found in Brush Be-gone and Brush Killer and Glyphosate found in Round-up. Spray the leaves then after several days the Ivy should die. You might need to apply several times to ensure removal. If a harry vine is going up a tree you may need to cut a section out, apply a little poison to the root and kill the vine.

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