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Solutions for Your Garden

This is the time of year that plants may show signs of stress or damage.  Here are some common issues and easy solutions for your garden.

Grub Damage

Grubs are the larvae stage of many different beetles and moths.  They are about 5/8” long c-shaped white worms.  They live in the soil and feed on the roots of grass.  This leads to dead spots that appear this time of year that don’t get any greener with more water.  If you have dead spots in your grass, simply pull on the dead grass to see if the roots are still attached.  If not, grubs are most likely to blame.  You can also dig down to see if you can find any grubs.

So how do you solve the problem?  It is important to act now, before the majority of grub damage appears.  We have found that a product like Hi Yield brand Grub Free Zone or one containing imidacloprid (merit) is the best way to treat your lawn.  Simply spread it the same way as fertilizer and then water for about 30 minutes.  If you use one of the recommended grub controls, when applying simply keep children and pets out of the area until its been watered and dries.

Iron Deficiency

Another common problem in the garden is iron deficiency.  This time of the year it really manifests itself.  One way you can tell if your plants or trees lack iron is that the leaf tissue is yellow, or lighter, with the veins remaining a deeper color.  In severe cases, the whole leaf is pale, and dry around the edges.  This happens on the newer leaves, usually at the tips of the branches.

To correct iron deficiency, or chlorosis, 2 things must happen.  Adding iron is a quick fix, but is not long lasting.  Your plants cannot absorb or process the iron when the soil pH is too high (alkaline).  It stays locked up in the soil.  Adding sulfur will make the soil more acidic, helping the iron to be absorbed.  Since our water is also alkaline, amending with sulfur must be a continuing process: apply spring and fall.  The best product for trees and shrubs is EDDHA Chelated Iron.  We’ve seen improvement in a few weeks after using this product.

Hobo Spiders

Now is also the time to start controlling hobo spiders.  The most effective way to control hobo spiders is to treat around your foundation, use an indoor spray in doorways and windowsills, and use glue traps with attractant.  This total control will kill hobo spiders and their food sources.  Don’t wait until they enter your home; prevent them before they move indoors.  I wouldn’t worry about killing other “good spiders” or ones that are supposed to kill hobo spiders.  There aren’t ways to kill hobo spiders without affecting other types of spiders.  Personally, I believe it’s better inside the home to keep it free of all spiders and other insects.

Now that summer is here, it’s a great time to enjoy the outdoors and have fun in your yard.  These tips should ensure that your yard stays healthy and beautiful all season long. Remember to read instructions on product packages. Consult with a garden center expert for more tips and information concerning any problems you might have.