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
Lawns 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.
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
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. 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.
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