Pollinators came to national attention due, in part, to concern that neonicotinoid insecticides may be harmful to them. This spring, concern for monarchs and concern about neonicotinoids have collided.
A team of University and Extension personnel from around the Southeast has created the 2017 Southeastern US Pest Control Guide for Nursery Crops and Landscape Plantings.
Eastern tent caterpillars in the second week of March 2017. Photo: SDF Last week I went looking for small new nests in hopes I could find eastern tent caterpillars just as they hatched. [...]
White peach scale (Pseudaulacaspis pentagona) is an armored scale common on many landscape plants and fruit trees. It has a wide host range including over a hundred plant genera such as Buddleia, Camellia, Clematis, Cornus, [...]
Barberry is very attractive to bees and is blooming early in Raleigh. Photo: SDF Spring in Raleigh is almost a month ahead of usual (is usual a thing anymore?). This means we've had [...]
Photo by SDF. The Horticultural Research Institute just released a pdf summarizing some BMPs for protecting pollinators from insecticides in greenhouse and nursery production and in landscapes. The crux of it is read [...]
Frank Hale and Andrew Loyd in costume (not mandatory btw) during the Wednesday night social. Photo: Suzanne Wainwright-Evans. Now over 40 years old, the Ornamental Workshop convened for three beautiful days in late [...]
A couple years ago I began warning about a new pest that was spreading throughout crape myrtle country. Now, the crape myrtle bark scale has arrived. From the severity of the infestation it looks like [...]
Gloomy scales on red maple. Photo: AG Dale We have studied the effects of urban warming and other factors on tree pests and tree health for several years. The gist of it is [...]
Spoils of a 2014 fungal foray. Photo: Annemarie Nagle Everyone's favorite biennial workshop on insects and diseases of ornamentals is scheduled for October 24-27, 2016 at Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC. Workshop title [...]