Summertime in Harford County, MD, brings sunshine, heat, and … bugs. From mosquitoes to wasps, they’re all pesky, but the ones that can infest your trees, plants and lawns can be especially vexing. Certain plants have recurring insect issues, and although it can happen year-round, it is more concentrated in the summer months. Heat and humidity coupled with the delicious leaves of the fully budded plants create a wonderful atmosphere for insects to thrive. Bagworms, beetles, grubs, aphids and scale insects are all challenges for lawn and landscape maintenance.
What’s the solution? Since there’s really no way to stop the insects completely, we need to control them with insecticide. Investigate your local lawn care stores aisles and find the insecticide that is most gentle on plants and toughest on the pests. Or, enlist your local lawn care professional in a care and treatment plan. The program should include a few seasonal treatments of insect and disease control applications, plus treatments to feed the plants and shrubs so they get their nutrients. A strong, healthy tree or shrub is less likely to succumb to the clutches of these pesky bugs.
In addition, choose resistant plants that are indigenous to the Maryland area, such as dogwood, laurel and maple. These trees have developed a strong resistance to the local insects and have a built-in survival instinct. Most importantly, when you see one or two of these bugs, be sure to take steps to monitor and address it before they happily multiply among the leaves of your beautiful trees.