Planting Zones

When looking at plants, you may see a zone rating on the tag. The USDA has created a map based on the average winter temperature in the USA that indicates which plants are expected to thrive in certain areas.

The map is divided into 11 different zones for the USA. More detailed info can usually be obtained for your home state. Matching your plants with the correct zone will help ensure they do well!

Planting Zone Map

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Japanese Beetles

Did you know? Japanese Beetles are an invasive species to the USA. These insects are very destructive to crops. Japanese Beetles were first discovered in America in 1916 when they appeared in New Jersey. They were brought to the USA from Japan in an infested shipment of Iris bulbs.
Japanese Beetles lay eggs in the ground which then grow into larvae that eat plant roots. These larvae can be very destructive to your lawn. Not only do you have to worry about grass damage from heat, drought, pets and pests from above ground, you now have an attack from below too!
Many reports show that applying nematodes to your lawn with a common sprayer attachment can help fight against Japanese Beetle larvae in the ground. This will both protect your lawn health as well as lower the population of Japanese Beetles that will emerge at attack your garden.
The beetles mature and begin to appear in May in southern areas and can last until October. Japanese Beetles are found predominantly in the Eastern US but have spread throughout most of the country. The damage they cause to lawns and gardens is extremely expensive.
A very effective Japanese Beetle control program is the combination of killing larvae in the ground with nematodes and other (preferably natural) means of larvae control and with the use of scented traps. A proactive control practice like this can safely fight Japanese Beetles to maintain the quality of your yard and health of your garden without the use of toxic poisons.
Donaldson Farms provides a non-toxic Japanese Beetle Lure gel that is EPA Minimum Risk compliant and can either be used on its own or to refresh old trap lure tablets. Unlike lure tablets, our product does not look like candy and is less likely to be accidentally consumed.
Japanese Beetle Map
Japanese Beetle Larvae
Japanese Beetles begin their damaging lives below ground. Larvae eat plant roots and can cause major problems for those who want a nice lawn.
Adult Japanese Beetle
Image of an adult Japanese Beetle
Japanese Beetle Damage
Swarms of Japanese Beetles can strip plants, including crops and garden plants, bare within hours.
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Japanese Beetle traps use bright colors and scent lures to attract and trap Japanese Beetles in bags. Old chemical lure tablets can either be refreshed or replaced completely with Donaldson Farms All Natural Japanese Beetle Trap Lure.


Carpenter Bee Basics

What are carpenter bees (also known as wood bees)? Carpenter bees are species found in the genus Xylocopa and generally nest by burrowing in to hard materials like wood (thus the name “carpenter bee”).
The problem we have with carpenter bees is that they don’t just live in dead trees out in the woods. Too often they’re found drilling into your wooden deck, stair rails or fence posts. Even worse, if you happen to have a log cabin, they could eat right into your home. Every year they return to burrow new holes, lay eggs and repeat over and over.
You wouldn’t let somebody walk up to your house and start drilling half inch holes in anything made of wood would you? Nope. Eventually that would ruin everything. That’s exactly what carpenter bees are doing. Drilling deep, half inch holes, ruining your home, costing you money.
Sawdust piles are signs of carpenter bee drilling.

Carpenter Bee Damage

Carpenter bees are known for the damage they do to wooden structures. Also known as wood bees, carpenter bees nest by drilling into wood. Contrary to popular belief, they do not eat wood. If a pile of sawdust is seen next to a wooden rail, deck or wall, it is likely that a carpenter bee is actively burrowing.

Left unchecked, years of carpenter bee nesting can cause serious damage. Carpenter bees should not be ignored. You wouldn’t let someone walk up to your house and starting drilling half inch holes in all the exposed wood. Don’t let carpenter bees do it either.

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Years of carpenter bee damage.
Sawdust piles are signs of carpenter bee drilling.

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Do Carpenter Bees Sting?

Do carpenter bees sting? Nobody likes being stung by bees. When you see huge carpenter bees nesting around your house, it can be very intimidating.

Female carpenter bees have stingers and will sting if provoked. Thankfully they are not aggressive but caution should be taken all the same. Females can be identified by their black head.

Male carpenter bees do not have stingers but will be quite aggressive when defending the nest. If you approach an occupied carpenter bee nest, you may very well be buzzed by the male. Males can be identified by the white/yellow markings on their heads.

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Sawdust piles are signs of carpenter bee drilling.