- Smart lawn care to protect pollinators: Whether you choose weed-free or a more relaxed approach to your lawn, here are some practices that will keep it bee-friendly.
- What are all those little brown beetles on the porch?: Asiatic garden beetles have had a big summer in mid-Michigan. Adult beetles are mostly a nuisance, but may chew the outer edges of leaves of many yard and garden plants.
- How to protect pollinators in urban landscapes and gardens: A new PDF publication is the complete guide to protecting pollinators while gardening, growing flowers or managing trees, shrubs or turfgrass in urban areas.
- Grub damage to lawns is being reported now in drought-stricken parts of Michigan: White grub damage is being reported now because drought conditions in some areas have weakened and thinned turf root systems, making lawns much more susceptible to grub-feeding injury. Insecticide treatments may or may not be effective at this time.
- Avoid falling for tree and shrub pest control scams: A lawn, tree and shrub care company is leaving notes warning people they need to spray for pests in the Ann-Arbor-Ypsilanti area, yet in follow-up visits by an arborist, no pests or damage were found.
- Turfgrass pest and disease diagnostic services offered free to northern Michigan turf managers: The Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center is now accepting turf samples for insect and disease diagnoses.
- Thin azaleas with crusty stems may have azalea bark scale: If your azalea shrub has thinning or dead branches, look for a crusty covering of scale insects on the stems.
- Watch for European crane fly injury to turfgrass in April and May: European crane fly is now established in many locations in southeast Michigan and near Grand Rapids. Here are management recommendations for heavily infested turfgrass and lawns.
- Ataenius and cutworms feeding on golf courses: In the last week, both Ataenius grubs and cutworms have been observed feeding in Poa annua and creeping bentgrass putting greens.
- Planting garden center flowers is good for bees and other beneficial insects: The discovery of neonicotinoid insecticide in leaves and flowers of some garden center plants should not stop you from buying and planting flowers because the benefit to bees far outweighs the potential risk.
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