Tobacco budworm

The heat of the summer is stressful and this year is no exception.  If you planted geraniums or petunias you may have noticed the flowers have gone missing.  It would be easy to blame the Japanese beetles for this because they like everything.  However, this is not the case.   If you take a good…

National Moth Week: Not all that flutters is friendly

So this week is National Moth Week.  Much of the info you’ll see online is about how to attract nice moths to your garden, how some moths are pollinators, and other interesting moth facts.  And while most moths are perfectly nice creatures, there are some that you definitely DON’T want in your garden.  These are like the lepidopterans that your moth-er warned you about.  They’re insects only a moth-er (or entomologist) could love.

Hand Picking Japanese Beetles

If you have a small Japanese beetle invasion, or you’ve decided not to use an insecticide, there are some tips you can utilize when hand-picking them. First, the JB response to disturbance is to drop straight down from the plant.  You can position your bucket of soapy water beneath the branch you’re tapping and use…

Satellite Coneflower

Does your purple coneflower look odd?  Do the flowers look more green than purple?  Do you have satellite flowers growing out of the center of the main bloom?  If you answered yes to any of these questions there is a good chance your plant is infected with Aster Yellows. Aster yellows is a caused by…

GRO Big Red Gardening Show EP 5: Talking Tomatoes

Welcome to the latest episode of the GRO Big Red podcast! On the show today, John Porter makes his first appearance and joins Kathleen Cue to chat about tomatoes! This tomato talk includes tips on disease and insect management as well as helpful tips on watering and more! Here are some links to check out:…

Controlling Japanese Beetles on Fruits and Vegetables

These destructive pests can decimate a landscape, but they can also do some serious damage to vegetables and fruits.  Adult beetles will feed on just about anything if they are hungry enough, but they definitely have their favorites.  Most commonly, they feed on fruits such as apple, crabapple, grapes, peach, cherry, blackberries, and raspberries and vegetables such as asparagus, corn (foliage and silks), beans, okra, and rhubarb.

Cow Killer: Wrongfully Accused

The cow killer is a species of velvet ant, which is neither a murderer of cows nor an ant. This insect is in fact a wasp! The female cow killer, has no wings, so they look like an ant. The males look and fly like the wasp that they are, but are seldom recognized as being the same species.

High Temperatures Affect Tomato Production

With the week’s high temperatures, watch for tomato fruit set to be delayed.  This is because pollen dies when temperatures reach 85 degrees F. or higher.  Dead pollen means flowers don’t get pollinated and unfertilized flowers will fall to the ground, resulting in reduced production. Gardeners often want to know if hand pollination will help…

Now What?

If you are like many of the Metro area readers your landscaped has been attacked by the Japanese beetles. Now what do you do? Plants are stressed and one of the first things we think of doing is “feed” the plant.  So we reach for our favorite fertilizer and give our plants a good “feeding”. …