Pat Shingleton: "Stink Bugs, Azaleas, The Masters."
Our azaleas traditionally "bloom out" by Mid-March, not the case this year. Groundskeepers and horticulturists at Augusta National control their blooming by covering, icing and even heating the plants. It has been an unusual Spring in the south and southeast. I reviewed a column written by Kaitlynn Riely of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and a bug that invades the north each April. As noted in a previous column the brown, shield-shaped insect is native to Asia; first observed in Allentown, Pa. in 1998. The bug migrated south and caused extensive plant damage, four years ago across the Mid-Atlantic. Recent analysis found it identified in 29 states. Similar to our fire ants, it possesses an appropriate name, commonly referred to as...the Stink Bug.