Problems in the Garden
This week Buggy Joe Boggs (OSU Extension) is reporting dry soil and dry plants so make sure you’re watering as needed (gee, thanks Buggy!), and try to supply the birds with a source of water, yellowjackets definitely becoming more evident (there are 4 types: German and Common build nests underground and sometimes hollow trees, rock crevices, etc, Eastern yellowjackets build nests underground and Aerial yellowjackets build exposed nests in trees, shrubs and on buildings), blister beetles feeding on wide range of annual and herbaceous plants, spiders becoming more evident (along with the webs) in lawns, landscape, gardens and indoors (remember they are the good guys), Asian Longhorned Beetle has been discovered in Stonelick Township / Clermont County, warm season mites are loving the weather and causing some serious mite damages while their populations explode, aster yellows and coneflower rosette mites on coneflowers, leafminer beetles mining on locust, basswood and Linden trees, magnolia serpentine leafmining on magnolia leaves, cicada killer wasps continue to scare the bajeebers out of unsuspecting gardeners, Ailanthus webworm moth is hitting the porch night lights (larvae actually feed on Ailanthus foliage), Robber flies are on the wing (the largest species is the Red-Footed Cannibalfly at 1 ¼ inches long) – remember they feed on other bugs including bees, wasps, grasshoppers, dragonflies, damselflies, and sometimes each other (they actually fly into the other insect stunning it, then injects saliva containing neurotoxin and proteolytic enzymes into the insect with its piercing/ sucking mouthparts, paralyzing the victim and as the internal tissues begin to dissolve, the fly sips the life out of its victim (you can’t make stuff up like this stuff!), spiders galore beginning to show on the lawn, in the garden and in the landscape, and various types of wilt now showing in selected landscape plants.
-Catch The Buggy Joe Boggs Report Saturdays at 8:42am on 55KRC The Talk Station. You’ll also find his blog at www.ronwilsononline.com.