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Archive date:  June 24, 2010

The Worms are out of the Bag

Timely actions make fending off pests easier

With mid-June now past, it is time to collect your thoughts with regard to pests in the garden (I’m not talking about your significant other; you’re on your own there). Bagworms should be front and center. If you have conifers, you need to give a very close look for juvenile bagworms. At this stage they will be perhaps ¼” in length, little or no cocoon and easy to be rid of. Wait a few weeks, and the situation becomes infinitely more difficult.

It is very likely you have something on the shelf in the garage or basement that will do the trick. The secret to success in garden pest control is the same as success in comedy…timing, or at least that is what I hear.

Pests in and around the garden can be discouraged using several methods. Clear away any decaying wood or other items that could provide a nesting spot. Make certain that your soil is well drained. Cats discourage birds and many birds feed on insects. So keep cats out of your garden by squirting them with a water pistol until they get the message. 

You should also encourage insects and other animals that eat garden pests. Ladybeetles are a great friend of the garden as are many spiders. Larger animals such as frogs and toads feed on insects, so a garden pond could be beneficial for breeding frogs and toads. Even blue-tailed skinks consume many a critter, for they are lightening fast in the heat.

Seems like a great time to plant, to me. We’re gonna try to make you believe it too. The weather looks to be cooling off in the days ahead…Whew! Anyway, we are offering you, our BatesRewards members, “Discounts by the Date”. On Friday June 25th you will receive 25% off your entire order. On Saturday June 26th you will receive 26% off your entire order. And yes, you guessed it; on Sunday June 27th you will receive 27% off your entire order. These discounts even include the already discounted annuals! Groupons are still welcome, just not in conjunction with this sale.

So load up your favorite garden pest (I am talking about your significant other now) and come on out this weekend and save…”Discounts by the Date” ends Sunday June 27th at 4:00 pm!

The free bottled water is on ice, stay hydrated while you shop,

David Bates