Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Lower South

June, 2001
Regional Report

Control Webworms

Watch for signs of webworms in trees. If you see any nests, break them apart with a long bamboo pole. Wasps will arrive soon after to feed on the webworms. If wasps don't control them, spray Bt on the webworms and the leaves where they are feeding.

Control Scale Insects

Watch for scale insects on branches and leaves of fruit trees and woody ornamental plants. Scale insects look like small bumps on the branches and leaf veins. Spray a dormant oil in winter and a summer oil during the growing season to cover and suffocate these pests. Early detection and control is important in preventing a major infestation.

Mow Often

The most important part of maintaining a beautiful lawn is to mow frequently. Mow every 5 to 7 days to create a dense, attractive lawn. Keep you blade sharp and change the direction you mow periodically to maintain an attractive, uniform appearance.

Reduce Watering

Many of our southern plants are able to take the heat and humidity of our summers as long as their roots are well aerated as well as moist. Soak plants well and then allow the soil to dry before watering them again. As the soil dries and water moves out, air is pulled into the soil to replace it, making a good growing environment for plant roots. Overwatering combined with hot weather is the kiss of death for many plants.

Control Spider Mites

Spider mites love hot, dry weather and dusty leaf surfaces. These microscopic pests suck plant juices, causing leaves to yellow and die. To control them, give plants a weekly blast of water directed upward from beneath the plants. If they persist, spray insecticidal soap on the leaves to keep them at bay.


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