Winter Gardening Tasks: Removing Pests

January 15, 2013 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

While many people consider winter the time of rest for a gardener, it is actually quite the contrary.  This is a season of varying tasks such as insect control, disease control, pruning and bed preparation in Central Virginia.  For instance, the springtime tent caterpillars can be controlled by spying for and removing the egg masses attached to branches of plants in the Rosaceae family: such as cherry, pear, crabapple, apple and apricots.  In addition Tent Caterpillars have been reported to feed on a variety of hardwoods, including ash, birch, blackgum, oak, sweetgum, maple, and poplar as well.

The egg masses are easily removed by hand now or you can spray the tree with horticulture oil more toward the end of February.  Spray the dormant branches and bark of the tree with diluted oil when the temperature stays above 40 degrees for a few days, it must not rain for 24 hours.  The oil will not only suffocate the egg masses of the Tent Caterpillar it will also kill overwintering scale, mite and aphids on woody plants.  Always follow the instructions on the label for proper mixing instructions and application rates.

Malacosoma_americanum1- Eastern Tent Caterpillar

tent caterpillar silken web mass


tent caterpillar egg mass

tent caterpillar egg mass


Entry filed under: Uncategorized.

Why doesn’t my Wisteria bloom? Winter Gardening Tasks: Pruning

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed

How does your garden grow?

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 33 other followers


Maymont Flickr Photos

%d bloggers like this: