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Craneflies

Craneflies
August 2nd, 2010

Have you seen craneflies adults in May?

There are 2 species of cranefly, European cranefly Tipula paludosa and common cranefly, T. oleracae. These are very similar biologically; the major difference is number of generations that occur. The European cranefly has only one generation a season with adults seen in late summer or fall. The common cranefly has 2 generations. Adults can be seen in spring (late May to July) and again in late summer.


Skunks off the Lawn

Skunks off the Lawn
August 9th, 2010

How to keep skunks off the lawn?

Skunks dig up your lawn mostly in the fall because they go on a feeding frenzy to get fattened up for the winter. Once they discover that you have white grubs or other insects in your lawn they will come back night after night.

Here are a few skunk repellents besides applying beneficial nematodes, Lawn Guardian.
Bright light - Skunks are nocturnal and prefer to stay hidden, flooding an area with light can be an effective deterrent. Use flood lights in combination with motion sensors.
Automated sprinklers - 'The Scarecrow' which is essentially a sprinkler attached to a motion sensor that will spray any animals that wander into your yard.
Spicy pepper solutions - Pepper granular sprays are reported to work well but must be reapplied every few days to remain effective.

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Nematodes and Watering Cans

Nematodes and Watering Cans
August 16th, 2010

Can beneficial nematodes be applied with a watering can?

Yes, you can apply nematodes with a watering can. It can take longer than using a hose-end sprayer. Mix the nematode sponge with approximately 4 litres (1 gallon) of tepid household water in a bucket. Take one cup of the solution and pour it into your watering can, then fill watering can to the top with more tepid household water. Now, water this onto your lawn. Repeat this process until your whole area had been watered with nematodes. Once application is complete water your lawn well with a sprinkler.


Plant Parasite Nematodes

Plant Parasite Nematodes
August 23rd, 2010

How can we repel plant nematodes?

Here are a few plants that repel nematodes:
French Marigolds and African Marigolds which are common ornamental marigolds repel nematodes. Gardeners will plant them here and there throughout the garden, or rotate a whole season of marigolds in each bed where crops are grown alternately.
Gaillardia pulchella, or Blanket Flower planted in the garden will help to repel nematodes as will Chrysanthemum and Black Eye Susan. These flowers can be effective against some plant parasitizing nematodes and not against others like our beneficial nematodes.


Wasps and Baby Powder

Wasps and Baby Powder
August 30th, 2010

Did you know that baby powder can be used for wasps?

It can work as an Insect barrier. Just sprinkle baby powder in areas where you see an insect infestation, such as ants, flies, roaches and even wasps. The reason why this works is because the chemical in baby powder called Talcum that act as a deterrent.




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