Posts Tagged ‘tent caterpillars’
Photo: Diane Hirsch, UConn Extension
- Control and reduce aphid numbers on vegetables, roses, perennial flowers, shrubs and trees with a hard spray from your garden hose or two applications of insecticidal soap.
- Plant seeds of bush beans every three weeks for a continuous harvest.
- Heavy rains encourage slug problems. Check for slugs during rainy periods and hand pick the pests.
- Watch for and control blackspot and powdery mildew on rose foliage.
- Keep mower blades sharp and set your mower height at 2-3 inches. Remove no more than one-third of the total height per mowing and mulch to return the nitrogen to the soil.
- For the sweetest pea harvest, pick regularly before pods become over-mature and peas become starchy.
- Stake or cage tomatoes and spray them if necessary to prevent disease problems. Call the UConn Home & Garden Education Center (877) 486-6271 if you suspect tomato disease problems.
- To minimize diseases, water with overhead irrigation early enough in the day to allow the foliage to dry before nightfall. Use soaker hoses instead if possible.
- White grub preventative control should be applied prior to egg hatch and a target date of June 15th is recommended although it can be done up to July 15th.
- Check apple, cherry and other fruit trees for nests of tent caterpillars. Blast low-lying nests with water to destroy them, or knock them to the ground and destroy them. A spray of Btwill kill emerging caterpillars but is not toxic to beneficial insects, birds, or humans.