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Aaugh! What is this stuff on my plants!?
These spit like foam balls on your plants are caused by the spittle bug nymph that is encased inside the 'spittle' and very common this time of year on a variety of plants.
Spittlebugs occur throughout the U.S. and can at least occasionally be found on almost any plant.
Adult spittlebugs are inconspicuous, often greenish or brownish insects, about 1/4 inch long. Adult spittlebugs look like leafhoppers and readily jump or fly when disturbed. Immature spittlebugs are recognized by the frothy white mass that nymphs surround themselves with on plant tissue where they feed.
Adult females lay small eggs in rows in hidden parts of the plant, such as the sheath between leaves and stems. Nymphs undergo about five molts, and may be orange, yellow, or green. More than one nymph may be found in a single spittle mass.
Spittlebugs suck plant juices. Heavy infestations may distort plant tissue and slow plant growth. The obvious and occasionally abundant masses of white foam on cones, foliage, or stems may be unsightly, but spittlebugs do not seriously harm established woody plants.
Spittlebugs can be tolerated; they do not usually cause significant damage. Handpick or wash off with water. Spittlebugs are more likely to become abundant on woody plants when they migrate from nearby herbaceous species. Cut weeds or wash spittlebugs off these alternate hosts in the spring, before the insects mature and can spread.
October in the Garden
Water basins should be removed from around trees and shrubs to avoid excessive pooling of water as the rain begins.
Feed turf with slow release (winterfeed) fertilizer.
Top dress established beds with organic material such as your own compost, (composted) manure, or earthworm castings.
Continue to hunt for slugs and snails.
Begin to rake up plant debris and leaves; avoid heavy pruning of most perennials until late winter.
Fall clean up of spent vegetable plants begins this month and will augment your compost pile.
Lawns can be sodded or re-seeded. Add organic material to the topsoil.
Time to Plant
Bulbs and Flowers
Plant bulbs for spring bloom, such as daffodils, freesias, crocus, scilla, lirope, muscari, allium, and Dutch iris.
Plant pansies and violas. Snapdragons can be planted for both fall and spring color.
Vegetables & Herbs
Transplant seedlings or purchased plants of radish, kale, lettuce, spinach, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, peas, fava beans, broccoli, cauliflower, beets and carrots.
Plant leeks, peas and garlic. Plant a salad pot of red leaf, butter, and romaine lettuces; curly endive; and arugula.
Harvest carrots, and end of summer season vegetables.
Enjoy: carrots, lettuce, very last of summer crop.
Fall colorTrees & Shrubs
- Start planning your wish list of trees and shrubs.
New 2016 Edition "Gardener's Companion" Garden Journal on sale now! $18
Journal includes :
- Monthly Planting Guides
- Monthly Garden Checklist
- Vegetable Planting Guide
- Drought Tolerant Plants
- Guides to Growing
and much more for the Yolo County Gardener.
All sale proceeds support The UC Master Gardener's of Yolo County.
Is freeze in the forecast?
Yes! Read about how to protect sensitive plants from the low temperatures that are forecast this week. Follow this link
|Incorporating Native Plants into your Drought Tolerant Garden||10/1/2016|
|WCC Fall Plant Sale and Public Workshops- Day 1||10/8/2016|
|WCC Fall Plant Sale and Public Workshops- Day 2||10/15/2016|
|Yolo County Master Gardeners and the Davis Public Library||10/16/2016|
Gardening with Limited Water
Learn the best ways to care for your plants during this drought. Either select the link from the top navigation above or click here for links to helpful information about using less water in your garden.