An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Hello again!

It looked like autumn last summer with the elms defoliating in the middle of the summer. Elm leaf beetles were having a heyday devouring the foliage. The adult beetles chew entirely through the leaf, often in a shothole pattern. Larvae skeletonize the leaf surface, causing damaged foliage to turn brown to whitish. By the time the damage is severe, it’s too late for controls to be effective. Not being fatal to the tree, the damage is ugly but temporary and the trees will rebound this spring.

As with many pests in the landscape there are preventative measures that can be taken. ferti-Lome Tree & Shrub Drench dissolves in water, moves down through the soil, and is absorbed by the roots. Once absorbed, it moves up through the tree or shrub, providing up to 12 months of systemic protection. Tree & Shrub drench controls aphids, elm leaf beetles, vine weevils larvae, leafhoppers, roundheaded, flatheaded and emerald ash borers, leafminers, mealybugs, pine tip moth larvae, Japanese beetles, psyllids, lacebugs, sawfly larvae, scales (includes armored scale and soft scale), thrips, and whiteflies.

ferti-Lome Tree & Shrub Food is easily applied under the canopy of the tree and will help encourage the trees to recover. Quickly applied using a fertilizer spreader, it’s a great investment in your landscape.

There are many tools we have available to make the spring cleanup pretty simple. I’ll admit there is something about weeding an area by hand if it can be done. Feeling the weed come out of the ground, and the roots breaking off. It’s strange, but many of you get it, I know. For larger weeds I’ll use my eye hoe to chop them away. In even larger areas I’ll spray Hi-Yield Super Killzall, making sure to keep it away from desirable plants. Being a non-selective herbicide, Killzall will take out anything green and growing.

Once the area is weed free, I’ll broadcast Hi-Yield Weed & Grass Stopper to keep the area weed free for weeks.

After the area is planted with summer annuals as the weather allows, I’ll use Cottonseed Hulls as a ground cover mulch to retain moisture and help prevent weeds.

Whatever your plans are this summer, we’re here to help you enjoy your outdoor space with food crops or flowering plants.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center