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Do you have brown patches on your lawn?
If the answer is yes, three’s a good chance that you may have grubs.
They are the immature form of various beetles in Ontario, usually June bugs. These feed on grass roots and organic matter in the soil, and cause sections of your lawn to die. They aren’t harmful to humans, but can destroy your lawn and gardens. They also attract other animals, like Skunks, raccoons, and moles, that may dig up your lawn looking for these tasty treats! You can help repel these animals by using bloodmeal, but the better solution is to eliminate the grubs.
You can fight grubs naturally with beneficial nematodes, which are naturally occurring microscopic worms that prey on grubs. They are found naturally in soils and can be quite effective in targeting the pests that live in your soil.
Simply mix the nematode powder to the correct water to nematode ratio, and apply to your lawn using a watering can or sprayer. Water your lawn prior to nematode application, and apply nematodes during low light times, morning or evenings are best. You want to ensure that the nematodes have the best chance to get into the soil before the water evaporates. Avoid application when the soil temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius.
Application time: Mid-May to early June, and again in late August to early September.
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It's been a banner year for the gypsy moth population!
Gypsy Moths are considered invasive defoliators, and they have been busy defoliating most trees in the neighbourhood. They are a pest, and can be harmful to our trees if they're allowed to repeatedly weaken a tree.
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One of the questions we get the most this time of year is the ‘annual or perennial’ question. Will this plant grow back next year or is this a one-time bloomer?
The issue used to be simple – annuals bloomed all spring and summer – while perennials only bloomed a few weeks but grew back each year. But much of that has changed with many perennials seeing nice improvements in flower power! More and more people are looking to perennials gardens to provide a lot of colour!