Springtime brings with it the promise of rejuvenation and growth, but unfortunately, it also welcomes an onslaught of insects that threaten the health and beauty of our landscapes. This year, boxwoods are particularly vulnerable, as they have become breeding grounds for pesky insects like psyllids and mites. To combat these infestations and protect the vitality of our green spaces, landscape professionals are recommending immediate action through insecticide treatments and fertilization of boxwoods across all properties.
The prevalence of boxwood infestations presents a unique opportunity for quick enhancements to our outdoor spaces. With few properties escaping the clutches of these pests, engaging in a thoughtful discussion with clients becomes more crucial. Brandie Buttermore, an O'Hara Outdoors expert in landscape pest control, advises proactivity in addressing the issue:
"By consulting with our clients and prospects, we can not only rectify the current insect problem but also fortify our landscapes against future infestations", she says.
It is not just boxwoods that require our attention this season. Brandie has already discovered the presence of bagworms in evergreens. To tackle this specific problem, the recommended course of action involves manually removing the bagworms and subsequently treating the affected areas. By promptly addressing this issue, we can prevent further damage and preserve the health and beauty of our evergreens.
In addition to psyllids, mites, and bagworms, Brandie has also observed instances of euonymus scale. These findings emphasize the gravity of the situation, as every plant and shrub are under siege from insect invaders. However, instead of succumbing to despair, we should view this as an opportunity to be proactive and serve as consultants to our clients. By providing guidance and effective solutions, we can alleviate their concerns and ensure the long-term health of their landscapes.
“It's worth noting that last year's milder winter failed to significantly diminish insect populations, allowing them to thrive and multiply”, says Jeff Rosado, Plant Health Production Manager.
While grub control has proven effective against some insects, it is important to dispel misconceptions about its complete eradication of grubs. A certain number of grubs are necessary for the soil's health, with five per square foot deemed acceptable. Educating our customers about this fact will enable us to manage their expectations and prevent unwarranted concerns.
Grub damage manifests in the form of turf that can be easily uprooted, resembling pulled-up carpet. By offering this information, we equip our clients with the knowledge to identify potential issues and take timely action.
Additionally, it is crucial to underscore that while grub control can make the turf less appealing to moles, it does not guarantee their absence. Customers must understand that mole activity is not solely dependent on the presence of grubs, as moles may still seek food elsewhere.
Lastly, it is essential to emphasize the importance of watering in the products used for pest control. Applying these treatments without proper activation renders them ineffective. By highlighting this step, we ensure that our clients derive the maximum benefit from their investments, as the treatments will actively combat insect infestations.
As we confront the early onslaught of insects this spring, we must seize the opportunity to engage with our clients and prospects, offering valuable advice and effective solutions. Through proactive pest control measures, we can protect our landscapes, enhance their beauty, and ensure the satisfaction of our customers. Let us tackle these challenges head-on, safeguarding our outdoor spaces and preserving the splendor of nature for seasons to come.