Monday, January 21, 2019

Clubs, Societies and Mole Crickets

Horticulture Hotline 01/21/19
By Bill Lamson-Scribner

Alright, the holiday season is over and time to get back to the yard. In Charleston yard activities never really go away and that is a good thing. The moles and home invaders (roaches, rats, bed bugs, raccoons, squirrels and mice) are always active as well.

Although there is some cold weather in the forecast, the camellias have had a long run of warm weather and look beautiful. Hopefully, you have had a chance to witness these camellias in your yard, neighborhood, one of the parks or one of the public or private plantations. My New Year’s Day Feast of pork, collard greens, and hoppin john had a bowl of camellias as a center piece that looked fake because it was so perfect. This bowl of camellias was picture perfect and ready for any magazine spread!

James Island County Park (JICP) and the whole CCPRC pulled off another fabulous Light Show. I have been to several different light shows over the years in other towns and none of them hold a candle to JICP. I took my pound hound Ol’Boy there for his sixteenth birthday. He enjoyed the lights and sending pee-mail to all his dog friends!

With the new year upon us, have you considered joining an organization that is involved with horticulture? Charleston Lowcountry Rose Society has many Consulting Rosarians and some world class exhibitors that will help you with your roses. With new varieties (there are new varieties other than Knock Outs that are quickly being over used) and long lasting control products that you drench instead of spray, rose growing has become much less time consuming and is still very rewarding. This society is very friendly (I have never been bit – maybe stuck by a thorn) and has great refreshments before each meeting.

There are many great organizations and garden clubs in the area. Charleston Horticulture Society, Camellia Society, Native Plant Society, Daylily Society, Azalea Society, neighborhood or regional garden clubs just to name a few. I have been to many of these different societies and clubs and they are all very welcoming to guest and new members.

The crazy temperatures and rainfall has been the perfect storm for large patch / brown patch fungus. I have noticed it in yards I have never seen the disease before this year. If left untreated, the disease will thin out the turf and give opportunistic weeds a perfect area to establish residency. A healthy yard is the best defense against weed invasions.
Many people confuse this disease with the grass going dormant; however, if the grass is going dormant, it is a uniform color. When the grass has large patch / brown patch, you often see circles or other patterns where the disease is that are a different color. T-Methyl or Fame are good systemic products that will help you manage this disease.

Mole Crickets have also been tunneling near the surface on the warmer days. Like large patch / brown patch, mole crickets can do a lot of damage in the winter because they go undetected in the dormant grass. Intice Perimeter bait is very effective, organic and low cost.

Always read, understand and follow product label. The product label is a Federal Law.