Forsythia in bloom
Forsythia in bloom

While we are anticipating many more weeks of winter, spring is on the horizon and will make an appearance in the near future. Every year is a little different and unfortunately Mother Nature does not usually follow the calendar. How can we determine when the appropriate time is for plant care?

Mother Nature offers many clues. Phenology is the study of periodic plant and animal life cycle events and how they relate to seasonal and environmental changes. For example, bird migration patterns, plant budding, flowering and fruiting and insect activity are all indicators. Horticulturists use plant development to predict insect and pest activity, which is very useful to properly time the application of pesticide controls at the most susceptible life stage of a pest.

The Plant Health Care Department at KTS also carefully monitors plant development and weather patterns to determine the proper time to apply insect and disease controls, in addition to other factors. Many factors are monitored throughout the year to establish treatment timing and effectiveness. Control methods for certain pests have a critical time for application, due to the life cycle of the insect. For instance, Euonymus Scale develops a hard outer shell as it ages. There is a time when the Euonymus Scale is in its’ crawler stage and has not developed an armored coat, which is also when chemical control is most effective. There are weather and plant indicators that dictate the best time for this treatment. This formula is taken into consideration for many of the treatments applied by the PHC Department at KTS.

Avoid the spring rush; call the Plant Health Care Department today to discuss your plant needs.

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