Mid Summer Garden Tips

Japanese Beetles & Control

Japanese beetles are here!  They can be very damaging to plants, especially roses, grape vines, virginia creeper vines.  Adults feed on leaves, buds and flowers of many common garden and landscape plants.  On leaves feeding is usually restricted to the softer tissues between the larger leaf veins, which results in a characteristic feeding pattern known and described as ‘skeletonizing’.  More generalized ragged feeding occurs on softer tissues, notably flower petals; rose flowers are particularly susceptible to Japanese beetle injury. Damage on individual plants may be patchy, concentrated where aggregations of feeding beetles occur.  Now is the time to put your control strategy together.

Hand picking beetles is effective in small plantings. The beetles are easily picked or dislodged into a container of soapy water, especially in early morning and again in the evening. The regular removal of beetles prevents the feeding damage by those beetles and deters other beetles from aggregating on the plant. Beetle presence on plants and prior injury is attractive to other beetles.

Adult Japanese beetles can be effectively controlled by use of sprayed insecticides which either kill and/or repel beetles and are particularly effective and may provide protection of plants for 2-3 weeks following a single application.  As with all pesticide applications, read the label and follow the directions carefully.  Make your application in the evening, after the sun has gone down so as not to disturb the honeybees.  Best options below:

Bonide Captain Jacks’ Deadbug Ready To Use spray – Spinosad, naturally occurring bacteria – organic control

Natural Guard Spinosad Soap Ready To Use & Ready To Spray – Spinosad with insecticidal soap – organic control

Bonide Eight Ready To Use & Ready To Spray – synthetic pyrethrin – safer and softer in the environment than Sevin

Fertilome Triple Action RTS – Neem oil, pyrethrins

Fertilome Tree & Shrub Drench – systemic action for roses

Rescue Japanese Beetle Trap – very effective but best used away from your garden so as not to attract beetles to your plants

Mid Summer Garden Tips

Flowers that may be struggling in the heat should be moved to a protected location to take off the stress.  When it cools down, move them back to original location.  Keep up the water applications.

Still time to plant trees, shrubs and perennials for that garden or landscape project you have been thinking about.  Check out our incredible selection!

July is a great month for perennial color.  Many plants are in flower now or getting ready to flower, like shasta daisy, gaillardia, garden phlox, coneflower, coreopsis and agastache!  Keep your eyes open around your neighborhood landscape for what you like…

Then come to Creek Side to check out our assortment of Grown Fresh perennials and get planting!!  Talk to one of our Green Team garden experts to determine what plants will work best in your personal landscape!  See you soon!