Monday Memories 5-23-2016

Happy Monday everyone!!

I will be off to the Kickapoo (giggle) State Park this weekend to camp for the Memorial Day weekend! We’ll be leaving Wednesday afternoon. We got a spot right next to the one of the lakes, which will making launching the kayaks a breeze. I’m sure I’ll share while I’m there =-)

Ilex VS Grubs in the Lawn

Lawn Damage by GrubsLawns in the Midwest often are subject to severe injury by the larval stages (grubs) of various species of scarab beetles. Japanese beetles and May/June beetles are the predominant damaging white grub species found within home lawns.Many white grubs look similar to each other but vary in size. Mature grubs range in size from 3/8” inch – 2″ inches. Grubs are C-shaped and have three pair of thoracic legs (ALIENS!!!). The head is dark, but the body is usually creamy white in color. White grub species identification is not necessary because the cultural control practices are similar. The arrangement of hairs and spines on the posterior end of the grub, called the raster, is a distinguishing feature between species, if identification is warranted.

Why Bulbs Aren’t Happy Looking Up Annuals Butts…wpid-20140508_165602.jpg

I was asked by a client the other day if we could plant her annual flowers right over her tulips, with the intent that the bulbs will ‘multiply’. I had to pass on bad news. Bulbs and annuals don’t play nicey-nice together. At least here in the Midwest…

Ilex VS. Powdery Mildew

powdery mildewThere 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. Powdery mildew grows predominantly on leaf surfaces and does not require water to infect the plant. Powdery mildew fungi overwinter in tiny black bodies called fungal threads, which can be found in leaf litter, twigs, and dormant buds. In Spring, the fungal threads produce spores that start the cycle, especially during periods of high humidity when days are warm and nights are cool, ideal temperatures range between 60F to 80F. Vulnerable plants are most susceptible while new shoots and leaves are expanding. Fungus is host specific, meaning the powdery mildew on phlox does not infect crabapples.

Ilex VS. Volutella Blight on Pachysandraphoto 2

Pachysandrea terminalis is a beautiful, lush, evergreen ground cover for a semi-shady spot. One of the most common problems with pachysandra is a fungal infection called, Volutella Blight. Generally, pachysandra has very few issues when well cared for. However, when other situations stress the plant out, opportunistic pests can take over.

Volutella Blight has a fungal ring associated with the damaged lesions. Winter damage has an even-toned brown to the damage.

© Ilex ~ Midwestern Plant Girl


19 thoughts on “Monday Memories 5-23-2016

    • Ouch. Easy needs to find a new location for the pee-mail box!
      If you’re sure it’s Easy… then you’re solution is, well, easy 😉
      If the spots look like they are yellow with halos in the spots, then you have a fungal infection. Keep the plant dry on top and try spraying some antifungal spray. Not Daddy’s feet spray… 😉 but some for plants. Here is a site with some spray suggestions:


      • it sadly looks like box blight, I will watch easy this week and if he is not the author of this sad story, then I will try to rescue my boxwood with a spray. it would be sh*t if it dies… it’s the first year it looks big and thick enough to give it a bowl cut…

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        • Ha ha! We call them basket ball bushes @ work. They are the spoiled child in the garden. They demand a lot of attention and grow sooooo slooooow. A 21″ round bush is 15 years old! That’s an investment.
          Spray that puppy sooner than later. I think Easy p-mails would make the leaves solid brown. 😉


  1. There are a lot of bugs out there!
    Our lawn is starting to recover – but I think it is only because the bugs are resting!
    Have a great holiday, be careful in that kayak! And looking forward to photos 🙂

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  2. We have had so much trouble with white grubs. Not only was the grass very “patchy”, but over this past Winter, some white grub lovers rolled back a good portion of our front lawn! Given that we’re averse to using questionable chemicals to solve the problem, and as this is a “long week-end” here in Canada, we have spent it digging up all the front lawn and replacing it with a windy path and lots of shrubs and ground cover etc. Looks pretty good! 🙂

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