New England

July, 2010
Regional Report

Clever Gardening Technique

Brighten Up the Handles of Garden Tools
Paint the handles of small garden tools such as weeders, trowels, pruners and cultivators with bright red or orange paint, or wrap with colored electrical tape. Then they'll be easier to find when you inadvertently set them down in the garden and forget where you left them.

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Massachusetts Asian Longhorn Beetle Eradication Program
The Asian longhorn beetle was found recently for the first time in the Boston area. Everyone in our region, especially in the Boston, Brookline and Newton areas of Massachusetts, should be on the lookout for this introduced pest that is a potential threat to hardwood trees across the country. Eradication efforts are also currently underway in parts of New York and New Jersey. For information on identifying the beetle and signs of infestation, as well as information on how to report any sightings in Massachusetts, go to Massachusetts ALB Eradication Program. For information on how to report a possible infestation outside of Massachusetts, go to USDA APHIS Hot Issues.

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