A New Tool For Managing Japanese Beetles is HERE!

<a href="/clm/species/popillia_japonica"><em>Popillia japonica</em></a> (Japanese Beetle) adult on cedar.                         

Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) adults consume foliage and flowers of several of our beloved ornamental trees and shrubs each summer.

This year, it’s going to be DIFFERENT.   Continue reading

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Keep an Eye on the Weather: Horticultural Oil App’s Are Coming Soon!

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Some milder temperatures are coming up in the forecast, soon it will be time for dormant oil applications in many areas of southern Ontario.  Some horticultural pro’s are starting applications in the extreme southwest region of the province.   (Photo: susceptible, overwintering nymphs of magnolia scale).
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Upcoming IPM Workshop for Landscape, Arboriculture and Garden Centre Pro’s


Looking for a fun, educational workshop to brush up on your integrated plant health knowledge and skills?  Looking to network with other professionals? Have I got the workshop for you! Continue reading

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Nursery Grower’s Short Course – Wednesday Feb 6/19

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It’s the MOST anticipated EDUCATIONAL and NETWORKING event of the year! Continue reading

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Did You Manage to Manage Beech Scale This Fall?


Close up of colonies of beech scale (Chris Malumphy, The Food and Environment Research Agency, Bugwood.org)

Introduced Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisugae) is easier to see this time of year on our native American beech (Fagus grandifolia).  That’s because of the white waxy coverings the females produce to protect their eggs.  Continue reading

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You Must Remember This?


We’ve just come to the final chapter for IPM management of outdoor ornamentals in 2018. Leaves are nearly finished shunting nutrients back into stems and roots and there are still quite a few examples of the spectacular fall colour display we’ve enjoyed in many parts of the province. Think back to June, do you remember seeing discoloured, pimple-like spots on the foliage of pear trees? Continue reading

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Have You Seen This Red & Black Bug?

It looks like a boxelder bug doesn’t it?  Ah but boxelder bugs have a lot more solid black on their wings.  Maybe a milkweed bug? No, they have red and black wings but no black circles like this one. Can’t find it in any of your reference books?  Wait a minute….maybe its not from North America.

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