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

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

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

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Mid Instar Larva of Box Tree Moth (Cydalima perspectalis) can be found actively feeding on boxwood in some residential gardens. This is the perfect time to spray biological insecticides like Dipel, Xentari. (photo: J. Llewellyn).
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BANNER Year For Gypsy Moth Larvae!

First instar Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) larvae have hatched and are dispersing!

Larvae produce silken threads and take a ride in the wind in hopes of landing on other delicious botanical hosts.

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The Monday Report: May 25, 2020

We can still see the remains of low temperature injury from a couple of weeks ago.  Not to worry, the next set of leaves will cover up the desiccated leaves and stems.

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Protect Evergreens Starting As New Growth Emerges

Monitor for needlecast and blight diseases on older foliage where new foliage is emerging on PINE and SPRUCE.

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Here Comes the Warmer Weather!

Certain businesses allowed to reopen under strict safety guidelines across Ontario, including garden centres and nurseries. (File)
Environment Canada is calling for sunshine and highs in the mid-20’s C by next weekend.  Get our your sunblock Ontario, this is happening!

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Scout Evergreens Early to Combat Insects & Mites This Week

Look for small, white, woolly tufts or masses on the twigs of hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) (Photos: Julie Holmes, CFIA). It is still a good time to scout for Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (Adelges tsugae) because of the visibility of the white covering on the egg masses.    Continue reading

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Resources To Help You Do Business During Covid-19

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Nursery and Floriculture Growers, Landscapers and Retail Garden Centres are all working hard to provide the kind of excellence in service and plant material that Ontarians have come to know and expect.  As more horticultural businesses are opening up, we thought it would be helpful to review some of the resources that have been developed by industry to keep customers and employees safe.

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Continue to Protect Apple, Crabapple and Pear from Fireblight and Apple Scab

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Continue to protect new growth of apple, crabapple and pear before leaf wetness periods – to prevent defoliation and dieback from diseases this spring.   
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New CAP Intake to Help Canadian Growers Develop New Markets

{Re-posted from ONFloriculture blog} The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) has just announced a new program to help fund agri-food businesses starting e-commerce sales or other activities that might open new market channels.  This targeted intake is called “Agri-food Open for E-business” and can be found on the OMAFRA website.

Read on for more details of the program, who is eligible, and examples of projects ornamental growers can apply for in each of the two program streams. Continue reading

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