Summer is almost here and boy are we ready!
Longer, warmer days, what can be better than that?
Colorado is known for it's outdoor lifestyle, whether it be
gardening, hiking, climbing a 14er, rafting or just laying around
in a hammock or lawn chair, we know how to enjoy the outdoors!
Time to break out the BBQ's, and have some summer fun.
We would like to wish all fathers a very happy
our spring has been mild in temperature and blessed with periodic
moisture. These mild conditions have helped many trees produce
abundant foliage. Abundant foliage may look pleasing, but can
also offer an expansive pallet of food for many chronic insects
like aphids, mites, and scales. The insects can have multiple
generations in a single season, which offers them the ability to
respond quickly when ample food is available. Aphids
will congregate where the feeding is easiest. This includes
unopened flower buds, the underside of young leaves, and on
developing stems. Feeding by aphids can sometimes discolor
leaves, distort or curl foliage, and form galls. When large
populations feed for an extended period of time, aphids can cause
wilted leaves, stunted shoots or shoot dieback. As aphids feed,
they inject saliva into their host plant which helps digest the
sap. The pre-digested sap is sucked up by fine needle-like
mouthparts of the aphid. A large portion of this undigested
material is excreted through a waste product called honeydew.
Honeydew is often described by our clients as “something dripping
from my trees.” Several additional pests will seek out this sugar
rich excretion. A few of these secondary pests include ants,
yellow jackets, and a disease called Sooty Mold. Honeydew will
coat bark, leaves, and objects beneath the plant, including car
windshields and patio furniture, leaving a sticky mess.
cause damage by sucking cell contents from leaves. A small number
of mites usually isn’t reason for concern, but very high
populations – levels high enough to show visible damage to leaves
– can damage plants, especially herbaceous (not woody) ones. At
first, the damage shows up as a stippling of light dots on the
leaves; sometimes the leaves take on a bronze color. As feeding
continues, the leaves turn yellowish or reddish and drop off.
Often, large amounts of webbing cover leaves, twigs, and fruit. Damage
is usually worse when compounded by water stress.
Our Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs are designed to
preventatively and therapeutically control pests like aphids and
mites in order to maintain a healthy landscape without the over
use of pesticides.
Weeds are the worst that he has
ever seen them.
Is yours or your neighbor's yard turning yellow?
have been out of control this season as the weather has created
the perfect conditions for them to take hold.
rings" and Mushrooms are also presenting a problem this
are the above ground, reproductive structures, of some kinds of
fungi. Other reproductive structures sometimes found in lawns
include inky caps, puffballs, stinkhorns, and bird's nests. Many
fungi do not produce visible fruiting structures, including those
that cause many lawn diseases. Most mushroom-causing fungi in
lawns however, are beneficial because they decompose organic
matter, thereby releasing nutrients that are then available for
Lawn mushrooms are simply the product of fungi in the soil. While
there may be spores in many areas of the lawn, they will only
grow where they find a suitable habitat. Because of this, one or
more areas of your yard could have them, while other areas do
mushrooms feed off decaying matter such as: organic matter, dead
tree stumps, old building material and the like. Because of this,
mushrooms are often associated with a similar lawn problem called
a Fairy Ring.
A fairy ring is a roughly circular area of brighter green grass
with a dead or brown area just inside the otter green ring. This
is caused by decaying organic matter under the soil. Mushrooms
often appear along the leading edge of the fairy ring. Treatment
for fairy ring is limited, but extra aeration along with the
suggestions for mushroom control can limit the damage and spread
the decay of the underlying problem.
Limit Irrigation: The vast
majority of mushrooms are associated with wet soil and/or poor
drainage. Once the soil dries, mushrooms tend to go away. out. In
simple terms areas with heavy mushroom problems should be watered
and, in extreme cases, thatch removal will help with air flow
which will prevent mushroom growth in many areas. This will also
strengthen the roots of gasses since they will be able to breath
Tip of the Month:
make decisions about planting this spring be sure to choose the
best plant for the location. For example, roses like sunshine and
some space to breathe. Don’t crowd roses or bury them in the
shade. Conversely, hostas like shade and a little overhead
protection from hail. Think about the future and what a plant
will become when you decide where the best location may be.
Vole Damage is
temperatures are warming, the chewing and feeding done by voles this winter
is showing up with a vengeance. Especially hard hit are areas of Monument
and the Broadmoor. Many spreading and mounding junipers are yellowing and
Quick facts on
• Often called
meadow, field or pine mice.
• 8 different species in Colorado.
• Voles are small mammals that cause damage by girdling evergreens
and other trees and shrubs, and by
constructing "runways" in lawns.
• Voles are
active day and night throughout the year and do not hibernate.
• They usually live for 12 to 16 months and have 3 to 6 young per
liter and 3 to 12 litters per year, breeding year
fluctuations range from 15 to 500 voles per acre, with peaks every 3 to 5
Vole damage in our landscapes occurs mostly during the winter,
especially in areas adjacent to or near open fields. Voles move through
grass runways under the snow where they are unseen by predators. The
greatest damage coincides with years of heavy snowfall and in areas where
the snow is piled and slow to melt.