Category Archives: landscape

Get Ready for Fall Dormant Horticultural Oil

In mid-late autumn, we have an opportunity to manage some of our plant pests, such as mite eggs and scale insect nymphs, before they go completely dormant.  Now that trees are starting to drop their leaves and the weather has … Continue reading

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Memories of an OMAFRA Summer Field Technician

I am Mieke Boecker, the 2021 OMAFRA Summer Field Technician. I worked closely with Jen Llewellyn, OMAFRA Nursery and Landscape Specialist on several projects and this article outlines some of the highlights of my summer contract with OMAFRA.

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Monitor Beech Trees For Introduced Beech Scale Nymphs in the Coming Weeks

Introduced Beech scale (Cryptococcus fagisugae) goes hand in hand with beech bark disease (Neonectria faginata and N. ditissima).  It is believed that the wounds made by the tiny scale nymphs create entry points for the lethal fungal disease.   Beech scale … Continue reading

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These Cloudy, Hazy, Humid Days are Numbered

Looking up at the sky today, it was so hazy you couldn’t see much but a fuzzy-looking grey. This is a different kind of overcast than what we normally get to experience. Hundreds of wildfires are burning in the west … Continue reading

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Start Treating for the 2nd Generation of BTM Larvae in Toronto

Now is the time to detect and treat for actively feeding box tree moth larvae in Toronto Continue reading

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The Friyay Report – July 8th, 2021

One of the most filthiest scale insect pests known to horticulturalists, the Euonymus scale (Unaspis euonymi) is a tiny little armored scale that covets evergreen Euonymus fortunei in the garden or landscape.  Adult females have a dark cover that is wider at the posterior end, sea-shell in appearance with white margins. The smaller males have […]

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Plant and Insect Development is 2 Weeks + Ahead of Last Year!

One of the most filthiest scale insect pests known to horticulturalists, the Euonymus scale (Unaspis euonymi) is a tiny little armored scale that covets evergreen Euonymus fortunei in the garden or landscape.  Adult females have a dark cover that is wider at the posterior end, sea-shell in appearance with white margins. The smaller males have […]

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Boxwood Leafminer Adults Are Flying Where Black Locusts are in Flower Bud!

Boxwoods in the landscape not looking so good?  Are you seeing a lot of yellow-brown spots on leaves?

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NOW IS THE TIME to Treat for Box Tree Moth Larvae in Toronto

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An Ill Wind That Blows No Good….#GypsyMoth 2021

First instar Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) larvae have hatched and are dispersing, especially in the Southwestern part of the province!  Continue reading

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