Mark Timm from the Lake County Master Gardeners explains how to manage pernicious pests and wicked weeds by selecting the correct plants, establishing good practices (including inspection and monitoring), and applying controls to your garden. There’s not a one-size-fits-all solution or quick fix for weeds and pests. However, with strategy and diligence you can protect your garden from the worst dangers.

Our next free talk with the Lake County Master Gardeners will be 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, at our Main Branch. They’ll discuss how to transform your garden into a paradise for pollinators!

Two more tips for any gardeners out there:

1. Did you know that you can get free veggie, flower, and herb seeds from our Seed Library? Check out our collection  the next time you visit our Main Branch. Borrow up to 15 packets of seeds per season.

2. By the way, any green thumbs should check out the special collection from Holden Forests & Gardens’ Corning Library available at our Main Branch. In addition to a gorgeous arboretum in Kirtland, Holden also has a spectacular collection of gardening, horticulture, environmental and botany books at Corning Library within its arboretum.

Dozens of Corning Library’s books are now available to borrow at our Main Branch. Thanks to a partnership between libraries, you can use your cards to check out books from this special collection. Our typical lending rules apply.