Summer insects and garden pests enjoy being outdoors in the summertime as much as we enjoy. Although most are harmless or even beneficial, there are a few that can be troublesome.
Summer Outdoor Pests
The most common summer pests in many areas are mosquitoes and the ‘social’ wasps, which include paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets. Mosquitoes are annoying at best put pose a number of health risks as well. Even if you live in a dry valley, standing water anywhere in your neighborhood can breed mosquitoes, which can carry the deadly West Nile virus.
The most common types of marigold are the wild marsh marigold, the tall African marigold, and the robust French marigold. African and French cultivars frequently are hybrid to sustain longer bloom and soften their pungent aroma. The resulting plant is called a triploid marigold, which is commonly called the mule marigold because of its poor ability to produce seeds.
Latin name for the common or marsh marigold is Calendula officinalis, christened as such because ancient Romans noticed that it bloomed on the first, or calends, of every month. Common but colorful, inexpensive and easy to germinate and grow, there are varieties available in a wide range of heights, hues and flower forms.
Planting In June – There are plenty of flowers, plants and shrubs that are best planted in June. Summer blossoms and greenery offer gardeners a generous grace period to ensure that your yard is looking lovely for those summer barbecues or during the prime home selling season.
Keep in mind that gardening is a year-round endeavor and, just like dating or job hunting, timing really is everything. Many gardening dates are pretty arbitrary – such as those avid gardeners who swear sweet peas have to be sown before Valentine’s Day or others who think Memorial Day Weekend is the cutoff for summer planting. June isn’t too late to consider these gorgeous additions to your yard or garden, all of which are perfectly suited for the summer heat.
All plants, indoors and out, need a plant feeding – an adequate supply of nitrogen, phosphates and potash together with small amounts of trace elements. Only then will they be capable of producing healthy growth with full-sized flowers and leaves.
When plant feeding in the garden, it is usual to apply fertilizers to top up the soil’s natural resources, but even in their absence the plant can continue to draw on the soil’s supply of nutrients by sending out new roots. Indoors the position is quite different.