Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Just a little bit of love for the succulents on this beautiful Wednesday it's been a lovely day outside here in Fresno and Fresno is a great place to grow succulents and as you will see in these lovely pictures succulents can be extremely beautiful people don't give them A chance. You should definitely start your own succulent garden today the best part is is if you live in California they don't take a lot of water and pretty much a native plant.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
This is such an easy idea and plus it involves up cycling so all you need to do is get an old gallon milk jug drill some holes in the top of the lid. If you don't have a drill all you need is a nail and a hammer. Fill your junk up with water attacher lived back on and you have a showering water can. So simple and if you hadn't thought of this yet I know you're excited that you can recycle your old milk jugs.
I'm really excited to go to Academy of sciences this weekend in Goldengate Park in San Francisco. I was at the park a couple weeks ago and went to the botanical garden and the Conservatory of flowers and I really enjoyed my time. I will take plenty of pictures and I promise to post them later. Also you should go to their website because the running a great photo contest right now.
As you may remember, I posted about these guys a couple years ago and I went there several times to buy my succulents but it's with sadness that I announce that the Succulent Shack has closed.
Their last day of business was March 1st and they still have their Facebook Fan page up with posts of the many succulent loves that have visited them while they have been open.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Monday, December 30, 2013
DESCRIPTION OF THE PEST
The most distinguishing feature of the cottony cushion scale female is the fluted cottony egg sac that she secretes. About 600 to 800 eggs are laid in the sac. Hatching occurs within a few days in summer, but can take up to 2 months in winter. Newly hatched nymphs are red with dark legs and antennae. First and second instar feed on twigs and leaves, usually along the veins. Third instars and adults are found mainly on branches and the trunk, rarely the fruit. Third instars are covered with a thick, cottony secretion that disappears after they molt. Adult females settle and begin to form the white, elongated egg sac. Males are rare and females can reproduce without mating. There are three generations a year.
Cottony cushion scales extract plant sap from leaves, twigs, and branches, thus reducing tree vigor. If infestations are heavy, leaf and fruit drop can occur along with twig dieback. The scale secretes honeydew, which promotes the growth of sooty mold.
The cottony cushion scale was a major pest of citrus in the 1880s. Efforts at controlling this pest resulted in one of the earliest and most impressive examples of classical biological control (where natural enemies are imported from the pest's native country and introduced in areas to which it has spread). Today, infestations occur in the San Joaquin Valley because of the temporary destruction of the natural enemies by insecticide treatments such as pyrethroids, neonicotinoids, and insect growth regulators. If you encounter cottony cushion scale, look for its natural enemies. Insecticide treatments are usually not necessary unless the use of broad-spectrum insecticides has decimated vedalia beetle populations.