Northern & Central Midwest

June, 2006
Regional Report

Remove Yellow Bulb Foliage

Bulb foliage continues to photosynthesize and feed the bulbs as long as it's green. But once it turns yellow, you can cut it off. Letting the foliage wither naturally will assure that the bulbs are well stocked with blooming ability next year.

Control Cucumber Beetles

Striped and spotted cucumber beetles need to be controlled since they may chew on, and spread wilt on, cucumbers, beans, melons, squash, and pumpkins. At planting or seedling emergence time, cover plants with polyester row covers. Remove row covers when blossoms appear, to allow pollinating insects access to the flowers.

Scout for Japanese Beetles

Time to begin scouting for Japanese beetles. Adults are 1/4 to 1/2 inch long with copper-colored wing covers and a shiny metallic green head. They feed on and skeletonize leaves of rose, linden, grape, raspberry, and many other plants. Hand-pick beetles in midday and drop in a can of soapy water.

Reduce Moss in Lawns

Moss in a lawn can be reduced by using ferrous ammonium sulfate, or by correcting the problems that make the situation perfect for it to occur. Low soil fertility, poor drainage, compaction, excessive shade, poor air circulation, irregular mowing, and overwatering all lead to moss growth. Correct these and the moss will go away.

Trap Nuisance Earwigs

Earwigs are not pretty but are generally harmless unless in large numbers, when they can do damage to lettuce, strawberries, dahlias, marigolds, zinnias, and roses. Since they seek moist, dark areas during the day, roll up newspapers and moisten them. In the evening, collect the newspapers and dispose of the bugs.

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