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Insect and Weed Control

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

To keep your plants and lawn looking beautiful, you’ll want to pay attention to insect and weed control.

Insects: Numerous insects thrive during the summer months. In hot, dry weather, insects such as spider mites will have a rapid increase in population. If not controlled, mites can kill new growth on evergreens and cause early leaf drop on deciduous shrubs. Spraying water on the foliage of plants infested with spider mites can give partial relief, but sometimes a chemical spray is needed. If you are not sure of the cause of your plant problems, an expert may need to be consulted.

Aphids can cause distortions to the shape and appearance of leaves. Aphids are hard to see, but sap dripping from the tree or shrub may be the residue from the insects.

Also, be on the lookout for chewing insects feeding on your valuable landscape plants. They can defoliate shrubs and certain evergreens very rapidly. Often, chewing insects can be left alone if the damage is not great. On more valuable plants or for more severe infestations an organic or chemical insecticide may be required.

Weed control: Beginning in late August, pre-emergent herbicides for winter annual weeds can be applied. These products must be watered in after application.

Call Grooms Irrigation today. (405) 348-2557

Steve Ancik, Landscape Architect
Grooms Irrigation