The last couple of weeks in June were dry across the region, receiving only a fraction (0.05 inches) of the average expected rainfall for the month. Daytime high temperatures have been seasonal, night time lows are consistently below average. While the warm, dry weather is pleasant, lack of rainfall with increasing temperatures will cause environmental stress on landscape plants and lawns. Lawns are still growing and green, but carefully monitor moisture levels, with soil temperatures reaching an average of 72 degrees grass will quickly succumb without proper watering and maintenance. Plants in bloom currently include, but are not limited to; Kousa dogwood, butterfly bush, Catalpa, mountain laurel, Rosa rugosa, cinquefoil, inkberry, various species of hydrangea, Stewartia, American elderberry, some species of Spirea, Clematis, honeysuckle and many herbaceous plants. On average 126 growing degree days have been added during the last half of June, bringing the season total to 671. Of course as the growing season continues so do the potential pest problems, mosquito and tick populations are burgeoning and very active. Some previously discussed pests continue to plague the landscape while the life cycle of other early season pests is complete and still more threats are appearing across the region. Pest activity sighted and reported around the region includes; adult black vine weevils, Asiatic garden beetles, two-spotted spider mites, European chafer, imported pine sawfly and others.
As the season progresses, weather changes and plants continue to grow so do pest populations. Discussed below are some current pests of concern, now being sighted and reported around the region. Mosquitoes and ticks continue to be of great concern, as vectors of disease you need to remember to always take measures to protect yourself from these pests. Contact your arborist regarding additional treatments to safeguard yourself, your property, your family and pests from ticks and mosquitoes.