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Green Barbarians–Ellen Sandbeck

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Dear Ellen,

I had beautiful snapdragons in my front yard all summer, but now that fall is coming, they are being eaten up by bugs. I've been spraying them with a pesticide, but the plants still look terrible. What can I do to save them?

Rick, Oakland, California

Dear Rick,

Your snapdragons are annuals, and have reached the end of their natural lifespan. They are dying of old age, and there is nothing you can do to save them. Insect pests, like larger predators, tend to attack the sick, the old, and the weak.

Snapdragons need to be replanted every year. If you want more permanent flowering plants, you need to choose perennials. Whoever sold you your plants should have made sure that they were clearly labeled so that you could have made a fully informed purchase!

Environmentally yours,



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