Monday Memories 7-13-2015

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope everyone’s weekend was nice! It seemed to have been good weather for most of my US readers. It has finally gotten hot here at about 83F / 29C, it’s the humidity that throws us into the ‘Feels like 93F / 34C’ category. I’m meeeelting… Haha! OK, I’m going to shut my pie-hole right now as I have some readers in Italy. They are dealing with 104F / 40C Temperatures… Poor Ultan lost his beer!!

Ilex VS Powdery Mildew

Downy_and_Powdery_mildew_on_grape_leafThe weather has been so wet and humid that fungus has been pretty crazy. I felt this post needed to be brought-up again.

There are many species of fungus that cause powdery mildew on plants. Most only infect the leaf surface or stems and do not attack the leaf tissue of the host plant. Powdery mildew is not usually a serious problem, but to avoid severe damage to plants, quick control methods need to be taken.

Many powdery mildews, especially those that attack woody plants, are more unsightly than destructive.

  • Good sanitation is highly important to reduce infections the next season.
  • Be proactive and purchase disease resistant plants.
  • Space the plants properly, in-well drained soils where plants receive good air circulation.
  • Dispose of diseased leaves as soon as they drop.
  • Do not compost or use as mulch.
  • Always avoid working among plants with wet foliage. Stay inside on rainy days!

Ilex VS Cottony Maple Scale

Cotton Maple ScaleIn mid-June through August, the young nymphs will hatch called scale crawlers, the only time of this insect’s life where it is mobile. The crawlers make their way out to the undersides of leaves, attaching themselves near the main veins to feed. During this time the crawlers nourish themselves with tree sap which produces honeydew, a side product that is a sticky-sweet, and is sometimes mistaken for tree sap. As the honeydew drops from the insects, it coats cars, lawn furniture, and plants below the tree. This creates secondary problems including the attraction of ants and wasps, and a gray-black fuzzy mold called sooty mold that grows on the honeydew.

 Ilex vs The Japanese Beetle

jap beetlesSome woodies seem to attract the Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) like a tween to Justin Beiber, whereas others don’t seem to exist to them. Why is that? Some scientists have experimented as to just what makes a Japanese Beetle want to eat a plant… or not.

Control on a larger specimen is very difficult. It is better to take a few of the control options and work a plan out for the season. If one type of control doesn’t seem to work switch gears, and try another. You may need an application of a systemic insecticide like imidacloprid by a licensed arborist.

Things that attract them:         They seem to dislike:

Lightly pubescent leaves         Heavy pubescent leaves

Red or burgundy leaves          Waxy, or glossy leaves

Ilex VS Slugs and Snails

Euchemotrema hubrichti

Slugs and snails live in the shadier venues of the yard, particularly in poorly drained areas, under thick foliage, and within groundcovers. They need this protection, as the sunlight will literally dry them up. This is also why the majority of their feeding occurs during the night.

Slug & snail damage resembles irregular shaped holes in leaves. Other signs are the slimy trails left on the leaves or nearby ground. Some of their favorite plants include; sweet peas, hostas, strawberries, lettuce, potatoes, lupines, and tulips. They tend to not like woodier stems, leathery or thicker leaves, prickly stems, or pubescent leaves, as they are either too difficult to climb or are too hard to eat.

Copyright ~ llex Farrell

13 thoughts on “Monday Memories 7-13-2015

  1. I don’t know if our snail and slug remedy works in US but here ’tis. A saucer of flat beer under an up turned pot lifted up on three pebbles to let them in and they go in like drunks to a public bar. And they cark it. Oz for fall off the perch. If you use ordinary US beer it might not work so you might have to try a Sierra Nevada of one of the good new little brews. Or alternatively, you can pour yourself a decent whisky and just let the little darlings eat whatever they want. Or try Pipeworks Brewing Company American Double / Imperial IPA What I mean is if you’re going to kill them at least let them drink good beer.


    • Ha ha! 😀
      Yes, beer is a great way to stop slugs as they can’t hold their liquor! I’m not a beer fan, so will probably agree that there would be no visitors to a Budweiser saucer.. We call it ‘piss water’. However, you are correct on some of the IPA beers we have here, I’m told they are good.
      Personally, I’ve found I like ginger beer with a lime. Very refreshing!


  2. Glad you got some warmer weather, but you are so right about the humidity – makes it feel hotter in summer or colder in winter. We get tons of mould here too – and snails and slugs. But hey, that’s expected in any garden? 🙂


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