Host Richard Hentschel notes recent changes in gypsy moth monitoring and treatments for northern Illinois in 2017. A recent news release from the Illinois Department of Agriculture has added Kane, Kendall, Will and LaSalle counties to a gypsy moth quarantine, which already included DuPage, Cook, Lake and McHenry counties. Trap monitoring in 2016 has indicated the need to treat gypsy moth and the quarantine places additional restrictions on commercial horticulture, as well as homeowners. Homeowners are being asked to closely inspect any recreational vehicles that remain in backyards or outdoors before heading off to a location outside of these eight counties. Something to think about with vacation time approaching. The other, and perhaps more urgent, news release is about Boxwood blight. This disease has been upgraded to the nuisance status with more restrictions on the importation of Boxwoods into Illinois.
Green Side Up is a weekly gardening program produced by University of Illinois Extension. It is hosted by Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator, Horticulture.