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Bagworms are Back!

Bagworms are back!

These invasive insects look like cone-shaped sacs that can sometimes be mistaken for pine cones. The sacs look like cocoons that hang from the tree branches. These cocoons or sacs contain bagworm eggs and once they hatch, they will begin to dine on the leaves and needles of your trees and shrubs. A heavy infestation on evergreens can cause extensive die-back and even death to the plant. Bagworms are  fond of a variety of trees such as blue spruce, cedars, white pines and junipers. On deciduous trees, bagworms will strip the leaves, leaving only bare branches.

Left untreated, bagworms can defoliate branches, causing branch die-back and eventually kill the shrub or tree. The best defense against bagworms is an insecticide spray application. If the outbreak is severe, a second application may be required.

 

 

Keeping Landscapes Hydrated

It is officially summer and the heat is taking a toll on lawns and landscapes. You want to make sure that your lawn and gardens are sufficiently watered throughout the summer months. Experts recommend the following steps to ensure that your gardens flourish throughout the season:

Keep mold and mildew at bay by watering in the early morning. This will allow water to be absorbed before the heat of the day sets in. Avoid watering at night as this can promote mold and mildew on plants and lawns. For maximum hydration, use a soaker hose in plant beds to get water directly to the plant roots. Make sure that your sprinkler adequately covers your lawn to avoid dry patches. Keep your garden beds covered with a layer of mulch (at least 3 inches). This will not only help retain moisture (and cut down on … Read More »

Japanese Beetles and Scale are Back!

Just about this time last year, we were starting to see a number of trees and shrubs with Japanese beetles. Japanese beetles seem to appear overnight and can defoliate a shrub within hours and a tree within days.

Easy to distinguish by their opalescent head and copper-colored body, they emerge in early June from their larvae stage and immediately seek out food. Once they start to dine on the leaves of their host, the damaged leaves emit an odor that attracts even more beetles. Japanese beetles prey on a variety of trees and shrubs, but favorites are linden, crabapple, apple, Norway maple, pin oaks, birch, fruit trees and rose bushes.

Response time to treat your trees and shrubs should be immediate. If you see signs of Japanese beetles in your landscape, contact your local Arbor Masters to treat your trees and shrubs … Read More »

Conquering Weeds and Grubs in your Landscape

Winning the Weed War

The battle to control weeds, grubs and fungus can what seem never ending. During summer months, grubs can be especially harmful to your lawn. Grubs can destroy lawns by feeding on the roots of grasses, causing the grass to brown and die. Unfortunately, by the time the homeowner discovers they have a grub problem the damage to their lawn is already done. Grubs do not discriminate against grass varieties however, they are sun seekers and rarely attack shady lawns.

So how do you treat for grub worms? The best defense against grub worms is an effective insecticide. It is best to apply in July or August when grubs are feeding.

The never ending battle continues with weeds A cool wet spring can make your landscape optimal for invasive weeds. Weeds such as nutsedge and crabgrass can rapidly germinate and spread throughout … Read More »

Spring is Planting Time

Plant a Tree This Spring!

When is the best time to plant a tree all depends on the type of tree. Many trees do best in spring such as Birch, Magnolia, Poplars, fruit trees and dogwoods. Other trees do best in the fall such as crabapples, hackberry, hawthorn, elm, linden, maple, sycamore, pines, and spruces. Planting in spring or fall allows the root system to establish before summer heat or winter cold sets in. Preparation is key When Planting your New Tree Before you plant your new tree or shrub, there are a few rules you must follow in order to give your new landscape additions every opportunity to thrive in their new environment: Select the right tree or shrub for your landscape. The Best Trees for Kansas City offers a wide variety of trees for the Midwest. Do not fertilize new plantings; start out with a … Read More »
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