Leatherjackets/Crane Fly

During late August to September, many people report seeing “giant mosquitoes” in their yard. These are the adult European Crane Fly. They do not bite or sting. In the spring & summer you may find the larvae (called Leatherjackets) in your lawn. Leatherjackets are short light grey to brown in colour with a black back, worms. Leatherjackets will feed on …

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas are beautiful perennial shrubs that no garden or yard should be without. Most begin to flower in early summer with some flowering until frost in September. Hydrangeas planted in groups of 3 or more will put on a show of colour that can make heads turn. Hydrangeas originated in the east, most likely China and or Japan. Some may …

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs originally were a southern lawn pest, brought here years ago with the transportation of plant materials, and are now a major pest in southern Ontario lawns. Chinch bugs can over-winter in shrub and flower beds, emerging as the hot warm weather arrives, usually in mid July. The adult chinch bug is a small, blackish insect with a distinctive …

Crabgrass

One of the wild grasses you will see growing in your lawn in early summer is Crabgrass. At first, small lime green shoots seem to sprout in hot, full sun areas of your lawn. No, the grass fairy did not come by and add new grass seed. This annual grass is thought to be brought to North America by European …

Hostas

Hostas are herbaceous perennials, meaning that their foliage (leaves) dies down each winter but not their roots. They originated in Japan, China and Korea coming from either lowland or mountain areas. Hostas were introduced to Europe in the 1700s and came to North America in the mid 1800’s. Hostas are easy to grow in well drained soil and they prefer …

Emerald Ash Borer

The Emerald Ash Borer has been verified to be in the Brant County Area. It’s devastating effects have been seen on Ash trees throughout our city. Here is what everyone needs to know about this pest. Antler Services is now offering Encapsulated Systemic Insecticide treatments to help protect your Ash trees. This treatment is good for 2 years. Book your …

Japanese Beetles

The Japanese beetle is probably the most devastating pest of urban landscape plants in Ontario. Ontario provides a favorable climate, large areas of turf and pasture grass for developing grubs, hundreds of species of plants on which adults could feed, and no effective natural enemies. The beetle thrives under these conditions and has steadily expanded its geographic. Currently, there are …