May 2011

groundhog on May 21st, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
Leaves of 3…Leave it be.  Poison Ivy is a plant that many fear.  The sap of the poison ivy plant contains the oil urushiol which causes an allergic reaction on the skin of many people.  The oil will penetrate the skin within minutes of contact but the symptoms of  intense itching […]

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groundhog on May 17th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
Gypsy Moth Caterpillar Hatching
The Gypsy Moth caterpillars are hatching in our area.  The adult usually lays the egg masses on the north side of trees or wood or rocks, this location protects the eggs from the freeze-thaw cycle of the winter.  Since the eggs are in the shade and a cooler […]

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groundhog on May 14th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
White Grubs
White grubs can cause considerable damage to turf areas by feeding on the roots and causing the plant to die.
When damaged, the turf will first appear a greyish colour and then wilt rapidly, turning brown and dying.  These areas of turf can be easily pulled back since there are no […]

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groundhog on May 14th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
Finally the temperatures have warmed enough and the Perovskia is starting to show signs of new growth.  This plant should not be cut back until the new growth begins in the spring.  Once new shoots appear the taller stems from last season can be cut back to a new leaf shoot.  […]

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groundhog on May 7th, 2011

By G. Bosley  a.k.a. “groundhog”
I was doing some cleanup in the garden, and around the new emerging shoots of the Lilliums  the ground suddenly turned orange.  There were small orange beetles about 1/4″ long crawling out of the soil around the lily stalks.  I must have squished at least a dozen with my fingers, they have […]

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