Here is your most current update for winter moth, ticks, weeds and more…
Winter moth hatch is probably close if not over. Winter moth caterpillars can be found in buds of oak, maple, apple and blueberry. Apply Bt or Spinosad. Azalea lacebug adults were found on ‘PJM’ Rhododendron. Many calls regarding rhododendron damage as a result of drought. Shrubs should be pruned to remove dead material, in many cases this means removal of all stems back to 9-12 inch stumps and keeping fingers crossed that shoots will develop from dormant buds, no guarantees. Weeds in bloom include Whitlow grass (Draba verna), Mouse-ear cress (Arabadopsis thaliana), Bittercress (Caradamine hirsuta), Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), Henbit (Lamium spp), Speedwell (Veronica spp), Fig buttercup (Ficaria verna), Chickweed (Stellaria media), Mouse-ear chickweed (Cerastium vulgatum). Larry Dapsis, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension Tick Project Coordinator/Entomologist reports; no nymph stage ticks but adults are still active. Take precautions. Permethrin-treated clothing and footwear is the most effective tool in the box.
What’s good to plant NOW in the veggie garden:
Lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choi, radish, asparagus, strawberries, rhubarb, blueberries, grapes, raspberries, peas. Also cold tolerant herbs like mints, parsley, thyme, oregano and chives.