A: There are several native species of katydid. They look like a bright green grasshopper, with a pair of long rear legs that propel their jumping. Their green coloration makes katydids hard to find in nature. I know they’re here because I hear their raspy call, made by rubbing their legs together, every summer. Unfortunately, you won’t find any outdoors in December since they survive year to year by laying eggs in late summer. The eggs hatch in spring and the nymphs go through several molts of their skin before reaching adulthood. Most eat plant leaves but some eat small insects. I’m told that Giant Katydid, Stilpnochlora couloniana, is often kept as a pet but it is native to Cuba. I have no idea where they can be purchased in the U.S.
Q: I over-seeded my fescue lawn in early November. I applied starter fertilizer with the seed but nothing since. Per your fescue calendar, the next fertilizer treatment should be in February. Would you encourage a fertilizer application in December or wait until February? Tom Pinotti, email