Port Bay Water Chestnut Hand Pull

Have you seen #Waterchestnut while you’re out on the water?” The District kicked off its Water Chestnut hand pull season at the beginning of July Port Bay. With the help of Finger Lakes PRISM team, we were able to remove all of the plants we found out on the water. A crew of four removed about 75 lbs. of water chestnut over the course of the morning and early afternoon. Read More …

Alert from USDA – Did you Purchase Boxwood this Season?

Box Tree Moth

Box Tree Moth Credit: Franziska Bauer – Image may be used for Educational Purposes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responding to a significant plant health threat and needs your help. During the spring, a number of U.S. nurseries received potentially infested Canadian boxwood plants with Box Tree Moth. If you purchased any boxwood plants this year/during spring 2021, please inspect them for signs of the moth and report any findings to our local USDA office or State agriculture department. Please inspect boxwood plants and report any findings to our local USDA office or State agriculture department. https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/planthealth/ppq-program-overview/sphd/new+york  —by doing this now it can prevent the moth from infesting America’s boxwoods!

Box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis, is a destructive pest of ornamental boxwoods (Buxus spp.) in Europe, where it was introduced from Asia. It was first discovered in North America in Toronto, Canada, in the fall of 2018. It has not been previously found in the United States. Unfortunately,  infested shrubs have been showing up at New York State nurseries during spring 2021, despite being inspected and confirmed as free of boxwood tree moth by the source.

The CCE Wayne County Master GardenersThank you for your vigilance and help in preventing the spread of yet another invasive plant pest! Laurie VanNostrand /Consumer Horticulture/Master Gardener Program Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County

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