Sunday, May 18, 2014

It's time to treat for grubs

Beneath your feet, working diligently against your perennials and ornamental shrubs... are the grubs.
Getting rid of this pest involves more than just attacking the grub larvae. As with many insects, there are several stages in the grub life cycle.
"White grubs are the larvae of various scarab (or chafer) beetles, including Japanese beetles, June, and May beetles," according to
The larvae overwinter in the soil. Then in late June and early July, the adult beetles emerge. 
Beetles can be treated with spray insecticide, but it needs to be applied often because the beetles keep coming. If there's not too many of them, they can be hand-picked and dropped in a container of soapy water. 
If not killed, the beetles will continue to lay eggs in the soil.
"The eggs are invulnerable. The grub larvae are susceptible to several kinds of granular insecticide sold specifically for lawn treatments for grub control. You can work this granular formulation into your flower beds as well," 
In addition to granular insecticides such as Dylox 6.2G, there are organic alternatives including parasitic nematodes or milky spore. Both are living bacteria that kill grubs.
Parasitic nematodes also kill cutworms, borers (including squash vine, peach tree and iris borers), corn earworms, cabbage root maggots, weevils (including strawberry, carrot and black vine weevils), wireworms, armyworms and even flea larvae.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Area garden events set for May 17

FARMINGTON HILLS — The 14th annual Spring Plant and Seed Swap is 8:30 - 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 17 at Heritage Park Visitor’s Center parking lot, Farmington Hills. Gardeners will be on hand to answer any questions and provide refreshments.

TROY — The Troy Garden Club is hosting its 18th annual Perennial Plant exchange from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 17 at Troy Community Center in the north parking lot near skate park. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer questions. Plants must be labeled, pest-free and healthy. Trading is only permitted, no money will be exchanged.

FARMINGTON — The city of Farmington opens its 2014 Farmers & Artisans market season with a Sunflower theme 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17. The opening ceremony follows market tradition with a singing of the national anthem, flanked by the American Legion Color Guard- in honor of Armed Forces Day and Farmington Mayor Bill Galvin ringing the market bell.
The markets signature chef series “Cookin at the Market” at 11 a.m. featuring Chef Zachariah Peterlin of Peterlin’s Restaurant, sponsored by Whole Foods Market, LOC Credit Union and Edible Wow Magazine.
A free “Little Sprouts” children’s sunflower plant potting workshop with the Farmington Presbyterian Preschool will take place starting at 9 a.m., with flowers donated by the Fusilier Family Farms. Special entertainment for children features local favorites, Pooky the Clown and Werner the Balloon Man. Live music with acoustic duo The Two Timers sponsored by Wright Beamer Attorneys and Montgomery, Wiethorn, Burke, Mackinder and Dye, CPAs.