May “Garden Tips” #2

Seasonal Spoilers –insects

garden-pine-sawflyOne of the more interesting insects that will do damage to landscapes is the pine sawfly arvae. They are so well camouflaged that they actually look like the pine needles they are devouring.  Look for them mid to late May on any mugho pines you have and spray them right away as they eat fast.

garden-care-poison-ivyPoison ivy comes up with warmer temperatures and often grows among shrubbery, flowers, ground covers and up trees. It requires very careful treatment when growing among your plants because the control mate- rial will also kill the desirable plants. If it isn’t controlled, it will just keep growing and spreading. According to Weed Science, poison ivy leaves are growing larger and the allergen has become stronger, so rashes are more severe.

garden-care-prevent-ticksTicks can be a problem in landscapes next to wooded areas and most definitely need to be eradicated.

garden-tips-euonymusScale insects hide under their protective coating and continually suck out nutrient-rich sap from many plants. The most prevelant is on all varieties of the euonymus plants and can cause great damage. Oil and soap sprays are used for best control.



Kids’ Special Plants

Kids badger you for a toy; you relent and they abandon it in no time. Computer games keep them indoors and sedentary. Why not introduce the kids in your life to the wonder of plants? How about having them plant a tree or shrub to commemorate an achievement? Or have them create a container full of flowers or vegetables that they can be in charge of and enjoy watching the plants grow and mature. Wouldn’t that be more productive and interesting for them to do? And, it will start them on a lifetime of gardening enjoyment. Summer bulbs to plant now are dahlia, gladiola and canna that are staples and will provide color during the summer months if you stagger their planting over several weeks. Of these, canna is the most dramatic and gives a tropical flair to any garden. They need full sun and tolerate heat and drought very well. Canna is a nontraditional Wyoming variety and blooms from mid-summer until frost, growing 3-4 feet high and 2 feet wide.

Add Delightful Fragrances To Your Garden

There are hundreds of plants to choose for your landscape, many with attractive blossoms. Why not add fragrance as a bonus for your enjoyment in your sitting area, or on your patio in containers?

Use lilacs, early, mid and late varieties for fragrance, then add these choices perfumed plants for the rest of the season; all make wonderful, long-lasting and fragrant cut flowers.

Tuberose Tuberose is the most fragrant of all, blooming from summer right into the fall, also on two foot stems.

Tuberose is the most fragrant of all, blooming from summer right into the fall, also on two foot stems.


Freesia varieties start blooming in the spring, continuing into late spring, with blooms on two foot stems. They are a favorite of flower arrangers.


Acidanthra, also known as fragrant gladiola, bloom from early summer into fall on 2 foot narrow stems, and perfect for small spaces.

Spring has arrived for all to enjoy!

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