If you’ve been outside lately you may have noticed a small shiny metallic green guest (or should we call it a pest). These are Japanese Beetles and outside of the summer heat, they love leaves, flowers, and wounded or overripe fruit so if you see Japanese Beetles you will most likely begin to see your plants and crops slowly disappear. Japanese Beetles tend to work in swarms and start at the top of a plant and work their way down. Plants in direct sunlight are usually the first to be devoured. This post will provide you with information on ways to get rid of Japanese Beetles.
What plants do Japanese Beetles Like?
If you have any of the below plants they are a Japanese Beetle favorite so keep a close eye on them.
- Japanese maple
- Norway maple
- Crape myrtle
- Pin oak
- Cherry or other fruit trees
Ways to controlling Japanese Beetles
- As soon as you see any signs of Japanese Beetles or your plants being fed on spray the plants with neem oil or Japanese Beetle Killer. A pyrethrin-based insecticide is a safer product for fruits, vegetables, trees, shrubs, and roses and can help keep other types of beetles away, too.
- Pick off the beetles when you see them on the plants. Japanese beetles are slow, especially in the mornings. You can catch them. Once you catch them you can put them in soapy water to “get rid of them”.
- If you have a large yard trap the beetles using a Japanese Beetle trap. These traps or bags attract the beetles so if you have a smaller yard you are more likely doing your neighbors a favor by attracting them from their yard to yours. Leave the trap out for a day or two every few weeks.
- If you are ready to prevent next year’s beetles you can use a grub guard. the grubs turn into beetles so getting rid of them early will be helpful. Applying the guard in the spring is the most effective. Secondly, you can use a milky spore which works its way into your soil and is effective for up to ten years. A milky spore will also get rid of the grubs thus reducing your beetle problem.
Japanese Beetle Trap
It is hot and the last thing you want to do is sit in the sun with your hands in the dry dirt. However late summer planting in the heat of July or August pays off when you have a second harvest filling your kitchen with veggies for all your winter soups and salads. There are hardier vegetables that thrive in cooler temperatures, even into the 20s, and some semi-hardy vegetables that may require a bit of care during the frostier days.To find the perfect planting time for each of these vegetables you will need to find the first expected frost date for your area. Count backward the number of days to maturity for each plant to ensure the harvest of semi-hardy vegetables before the frost.
Hardy vegetables perfect for frosty winters reaching the 20s:
- Brussel sprouts
Kale – a hardy vegetable
- green onions
- mustard greens
Light Frost Vegetables That Could Benefit From Protection:
- leaf lettuce
Potatoes are a semi-harder vegetable
- mustard greens
- Swiss chard
- Chinese cabbage
Frost Tender Vegetables that Require More Care:
- snap beans
- bush beans
- bush lima beans
Watermelons need extra care during the fall and winter to harvest
- New Zealand spinach
- sweet corn
- sweet potato
Preparation, Care, and Frost Protection for your Late Summer Planting
Depending on the crop and the climate the preparation and care will vary. The best environment for late summer plant growth is in a raised bed or in mounded rows at least 8 inches high – preferably a hot bed or cold frame. The preparation begins in late summer when the spring-planted crops have gone to seed. At this point in the year, the dirt is usually hard and crusted and will need to be tilled. Once tilled and your seedling transplanted cover the soil with at least two inches of leaves, grass clippings, manure, or any other organic matter. Adding an all-purpose fertilizer to the top and then mixing it into the soil will also help promote growth.
Heat reaching 85 degrees or more is a germination killer for most plants so keeping your seeds cool until the fall is vital. Keep your soil below 85 degrees by covering it with mulch or vermiculite and then shade the area with burlap or newspaper. Don’t forget to remove the shade once the seeds have germinated. For the first two weeks water every few days. Continue through the Fall to provide an inch of water per week to keep your plants moist. One thing that does love heat and can put an abrupt stop to your snowy supply are bugs and insects. The summer heat causes these pests to multiply so avoiding crops such as squash and cucumbers that are commonly devoured can help keep your garden at bay. If you see any dry or damaged plants remove them immediately as pests flock to dying produce.
Once you’ve survived the summer and fall your next, and largest obstacle is the winter and its frost. For hardier plants that may harvest after the first frost or may survive until spring due to a mild winter protection will be key. Protect your plants individually with milk jugs or paper caps or protect a larger area with blankets over a staked area.
We at Farrand Farms are here to help with your late summer garden or help you prepare your garden for the winter. Contact us today or just swing by.
Who’s ready for mums, corn stalks, and pumpkins?
Not us! We need to make room so we can focus on Fall.
Now through July 22 take 50% off herbs and annuals. Plus 25% off perennials.
All sales are final.
So many of you come to the greenhouse hoping to pick out flowers attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Planting a butterfly/hummingbird garden is easy and fun. We carry a multitude of plants that are perfect for this purpose!
First, stop in Farrand Farms, and stop by the cashier. We have a free list available with plants ideal for this purpose. You can plant annuals, perennials, or even herbs to draw them to your yard.
Next, think bright colors. These creatures love to zero in on brightly colored blooms, especially red! The color alerts them to the blooms and the possibility of nectar.
When in doubt if a bloom is good for hummers and butterflies, look at the shape of the flower. A cup shaped or tubular bloom generally holds wonderful nectar to feed your garden friends.
Finally, sit back and enjoy your beautiful garden and watch how many different hummingbirds and butterflies stop in for a visit!
Lastly, we have some wonderful news to share! As we have told you, our friends, before, I am retiring on June 30th and many of you wondered about the fate of Farrand Farms. Well, we are happy to tell you that Farrand Farms has been purchased! The new owners are another family excited to run a small family business. They are ready to offer the exceptional service and product that Farrand Farms is known for. Expect to see the same excellent plants and the same smiling faces you have grown to love around the Farm!
We will see you soon!
Our spectacular Memorial Day boxes are ready for you to take home. We have boxes for sun or shade, and all of your favorite color combos as well!
Also, we have a great selection of Silky Gold Butterfly Weed (Asclepsias) in 4 1/2″ pots, and some lovely miniature perennials for your tiny spaces. The Nooks and Crannies series are ideal for pathways and rock walls.
Remember to redeem any outstanding gift certificates BEFORE June 30th. If you have any Farrand Farms gift certificates they will no longer be valid after that day.