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  • Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?  Now is the time to contact your county extension service and inquire about signing up this year.  This is such a worthwhile educational program.  I became a master gardener with the very first class offered in our area in 1980 and have enjoyed and used this knowledge for 34 years.
  • CANKER WORM, aka ‘Inch Worm’  -  now is the most effective time to apply a control measure.  You want to restrict the wingless female moth from crawling up the trunk of trees and laying her eggs that will hatch out next spring into these devastating larvae stage known as the inch worm.  Apply TANGLEFOOT to the trunk of your trees.  This sticky product will trap the month as she climbs the tree thus reducing the eating damage next spring.
  • LAWN CARE – September represents the first month of the S.O.D. lawn program.  Now is the time to aerate, lime, seed, and fertilize your lawn.
  • September is NOT a month for doing any pruning on deciduous or evergreen shrubs and trees.  You risk the chance of new growth being damaged by winter frosts.  Only remove dead or diseased areas.
  • September is the month to apply MILKY SPORE to control Japanese Beetles.  The eggs of the Japanese Beetle develop into white grubs in late August.  These white grub worms do more damage in the fall because they are fattening up for the winter months.  Milky Spore is very effective.  Milky Spore begins working as soon as it is applied.  Once grubs are infected they will multiply the Spore by several billion times and spread it further.
  • Now is an excellent time to dig up and divide your overcrowded iris, daylilies, hostas, and others.  Add organic matter to the soil before replanting.  Give all your extra plants to neighbors, friends, or organizations who could benefit from the free bounty.
Posted: 9/4/2014 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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