Eye Level Quiz answers

Clue: Cool place to hole up.

Answer: To a slug or a sow bug, the drain hole in a pot is a roomy, sheltered cave. Add moisture, by continually overwatering or letting excess water remain in the catch tray, and conditions become even better there for the greeblies.

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Clue: Half the care, twice the damage!

Answer: Torn cambium from hurried pruning. Clip a branch carelessly, letting it fall, and it will almost always tear down into the stub. Perhaps you see only an "oops" but opportunistic fungi see gateway to twice as much wounded, starch rich cambium (green layer just under the bark). That's where fungi and insects can move in. Cut clean or clean up after your cuts so the tree uses just half the energy and time to seal them against infection.

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Clue: Accurate to say the pest would see this with furrowed brow!

Answer: The tines of a "bow" garden rake. Drag one lightly through a garden in late fall to make furrows that expose the eggs and larvae of overwintering pests to foraging birds. No need to cut deeply into the soil -- such deep disturbance might even turn up and kill toads, a pest-seeking ally you don't want to lose.

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Clue: Tough to get a grip.

Answer: The turgid surfaces of a jade leaf, which doesn't offer much shelter to tiny pests. If the soft scale known as mealybugs take hold on a jade it will be in crevices where leaf meets stem. When you inspect a jade for pests, it's not the leaf surface you should check but the crannies. When you wash or shower a jade, don't stop when the dust is off the leaves. Aim a forceful spray into the branch folds and leaf axils, too.

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