Time is flying again! It is already in mid-June. The record’s cool nights have changed the way grass wakes up, with a lack of rain. The heat brings new conditions to the landscape. Moisture is definitely restored.
Now, there is a great opportunity for those who love fragrance. I know I mentioned this many times this spring, but often the weather goes from cold to hot and these flowers do not last long. Magnolias and Gardenias will stop you on their way with their scent! Or flowers are good to pick up and throw away good perfumes all day long in your truck, car or room.
With the recent rain and hot nights, a brown patch exploded. If you do not take precautionary measures, treat small areas. In this article is a photo of the outbreak and another leaf. On the leaf blade, you notice a dark, dead spot where the leaf meets the runner. That’s what the disease attacks, it kills the grass.
If you haven’t eaten your trees, shrubs or grass since early spring, now is the time to do it again.
If you have sunny St. Augustine grass, now is the time to get some protection for your bugs. None of us know how far we can go, but you do not want to leave the city without protection for your lawn. Chinch bugs do a lot of damage – fast! Then your good grass will be invaded by Bermuda grass and other weed chicks. Ecovia is a product that celebrates the NOP (National Organic Program). Allectus and Acelepryn Long-Term Control Products. Bug Blaster, Sionara, Bifan and Lebanon Sevine provide short-term control.
Remember to protect yourself from the sun by talking about sunny fields. Because I spend most of my time in the sun, I have seen and heard many scary stories related to the sun. These stories revolve around the diagnosis of skin cancer. Sometimes these areas can keep you away from the pool, ocean or lake for months.
Sewage flies are becoming an issue in all our good vegetables and fruits in our kitchens. Using Invade BioDrain helps to remove organic matter in sewage sludge-containing microorganisms, and citrus oil also helps reduce odors. EcoVia EC will help if you are already active.
Mosquitoes go out and look for blood. Extreme levels of storms and rainstorms, well-watered breeding grounds for mosquitoes, and other areas are common. Scan your yard for possible breeding grounds. Ecovia AC is great for organic approach mosquitoes. Lamba Star, Bifan and Profilex for normal control. Profilex has a good growth regulator.
Moles only had spring babies, so expect an increase in their population – awesome!
Japanese beetles are on the scene, crawling crepe myrtle, roses and many other plants. These heavy eaters are easy to kill with a little perseverance. Beifen, Sionara, and many others take care of the Japanese beetle. Traps also work if you stay away from the Japanese beetle’s favorite food and have a more organic approach. Ecovia EC also works.
Baby molecule cricket is erupting and adults are dying. It is a good time to “dive” into the area where molecule cricket is likely to be. Find two quintals of lemon soap in five gallons of water and pour it slowly over the affected area of 2 x 2 molecule cricket and watch it come out of the ground in the next 3 to 5 minutes.
Depending on your level of tolerance, you can decide whether or not to treat. Golf Green is zero tolerant because the cavities affect the ball. EcoVia EC and Intice Perimeter are two products that should work for you. Alletus and Lebanon Sevin are common control products that kill baby molecule cricket.
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Bill Lamson: Writer can be reached during the week at Posum Landscape and Pest Control Supply, 481 at Pleasant Mount (971-9601). Or visit possumsupply.com.