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December 11, 2013

Tim's Tips: Holiday plants add a festive touch

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To change the subject, many people came in this past weekend talking about the winter moth. These moths are flying around like crazy this time of the year. This is their mating season, and the population appears to be very high this season. The moths lay eggs that will hatch out in the spring. The caterpillars will do major damage to the leaves of the trees in your yard.

The question that people had was what could they do to kill the moths. I suppose you could swat the moths to kill them. I suppose you could use some type of spray to kill them. However, there are so many of them out there that trying to kill the moth is probably futile.

Your best bet is to treat susceptible trees in the spring, before or just as the leaves begin to appear. Treating your plants in the spring is the best way to minimize damage to the trees. I will give you more information about treating your plants when the appropriate time comes in the spring.

Well, that’s all for this week. I’ll talk to you again next week.

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Tim Lamprey is the owner of Harbor Garden Center on Route 1 in Salisbury. His website is www.harborgardens.com. Do you have questions for Tim? Send them to ndn@newburyportnews.com, and he will answer them in upcoming columns.

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