Dealing with Kudzu Bugs

kudzu bug

Like many other insects, when the weather starts getting colder, the kudzu bug searches for an escape from the outdoors. This can prove extremely difficult for gardeners. No worries though. Here at Gracious Gardening, we came up with a bunch of tips that will help you keep this pest away from your greenhouse and garden. … Read more

Extracting Honey From A Hive


Mother nature has kindly provided us with is the natural delicacy of honey. Only talented busy bees can make this delicious nectar, and mankind can’t touch that. We are always extracting honey from the bees after they have done all the hard work of making it. Years ago my family had a big walnut tree … Read more

How To Keep Rats Out Of Your Yard and Garden

rat in garden

It great to have a rat as a pet, but no one wants them running wild and free around their home and especially in the garden. Rats can be hard to control and even harder to get rid of since they multiply so quickly. Once they have found a place to feed and nest, keeping … Read more

Get Rid Of Moles Without Hurting Them

mole in garden

Moles are pesky little creatures that can wreak havoc on your well-manicured and expensive lawn. Moles inhabit all of the United States and there are as many as seven varieties of the small, burrowing animal. If you see randomly appearing mounds of dirt suddenly appear in your yard, you probably have a mole problem. Are … Read more

How to Keep Spiders Out of Garden Boots

spider on flower

One of the downsides to working in the garden is having to deal with spiders, especially when they’re crawling in your boots. Yikes! It’s no wonder, though, that this happens when the apparel is typically stored outdoors or in the shed. If this is a problem you’re faced with, we are here to help you. … Read more

How To Safely Keep Rabbits Out Of The Garden


Have you been wondering what’s been happening to some of your leafier produce that you planted this year in your garden? Perhaps you are already aware of rabbits in or around your property and have just recently experienced a problem with the loss of some of your garden items. Maybe this is your first attempt … Read more

Yellow Jackets and Other Wasps: Luring and Trapping the Smart Way

Yellow Jacket

Over at, a lot of hipsters are showing off their amazing yellow jacket traps–all of them brimming over with hundreds of dead wasps. We find that to be kind of heartbreaking. Yellowjackets and other wasps can be a real problem, of course. They’re dangerous if you stumble upon their nests. We don’t like them … Read more

How to Control Mites

red spider mites

Spider mites are one of the most common pests that attack ornamental plants and vegetables around your home. Even though some people think they are insects, they are closely related to ticks and spiders. Adult mites have eight legs, just like ticks and spiders. A mature mite is less than 1/50 of an inch long … Read more