This 'What's New' page is
quite a bit different than our last. Our last 'What's
New' page showed photos of rain as we were still in a
period of record rain and days without sun. We are now
experiencing a need for rain. Weather patterns sure can
change fast. Anyone without an irrigation system is
experiencing grass conditions bordering on drought
stress. Luckily nighttime temperatures are going down
and plants are managing to cope.
Our installation crew recently
attended the Van Berkum open house. Garden and sales area
tours were enjoyed by all and the complimentary barbecue and
buffet made the event that much more enjoyable at the end of a
hard day of work.
Early Fall color
is beginning to show up on the Red Maples in boggy areas as
is always the case this time of year. One of the earliest
photo op's is always along route 28 in Alton near, but on
the other side of the highway from Saint Catherine Drexel.
There is a row of bright red Red Maples that you can't miss
as you ride along that stretch of road.
Webworm webs are obvious, the Fall Webworms are near the end of
feeding. Viburnum Leaf Beetles are still active and will
continue to feed until the first frost. We have been successful
in keeping these harmful insects in check. Properties that did
nothing had many varieties of Viburnums completely defoliated. Lacebugs
also remain active. We have been real successful in keeping
damage to a minimum this year. This insect has increased in
pervasiveness over the past ten years and has wreaked havoc on
the appearance of Rhododendrons and Azaleas, particularly in