Ladybug releases have become a popular way to celebrate Earth Day.
The eco-aware know that ladybugs improve the health of local vegetation. They act as a natural pesticide by feeding on insects that could hurt the health of gardens, trees and shrubs.
Luckily, it is ladybug weekend at Pike’s Nurseries and they are giving away more than 2 million ladybugs — so you can have your own ladybug release.
Pike’s doesn’t sell the 150-count ladybug sample packets they are giving away, though they do sell 1,500 count cups of ladybugs for $9.99. Shoppers will get a free sample packet with any purchase.
In addition, you can learn all about bugs that are good for your garden including ladybugs, praying mantis and more during the “beneficial bugs” classes on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. Classes are free and no registration is necessary.
When you are ready to release your ladybugs, sprinkle water around the area where you plan to release them. It is best to release them in the evening at the base of a plant so they will be able to find food for the night.
For more information on ladybug weekend, visit www.pikenursery.com where you will also find ideas for ladybug crafts for kids, ladybug party ideas and more.
There are 15 Pike Nurseries locations in the metro area including:
Pike Nurseries, Acworth
3602 Cobb Parkway, Acworth GA 30101
Pike Nurseries, Buckhead
4020 Roswell Road, Atlanta GA 30342
Pike Nurseries, Cumming
6050 Bethelview Road, Cumming GA 30040
Pike Nurseries, East Cobb
2900 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta GA 30062
Pike Nurseries, Holcomb Bridge
2955 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta GA 30022
Pike Nurseries, Johns Creek
5795 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta GA 30022
Pike Nurseries, Lake Oconee
1341 Linger Longer Road, Greensboro GA 30642
Pike Nurseries, Lindbergh
2410 Camellia Lane NE , Atlanta GA 30324
Pike Nurseries, Marietta
1875 Roswell Road, Marietta GA 30062
Pike Nurseries, Peachtree City
103 Hwy 74 South, Peachtree City GA 30269
Pike Nurseries, Roswell
615 W. Crossville Road, Roswell GA 30075
Pike Nurseries, Suwanee
1105 Peachtree Ind. Blvd., Suwanee GA 30024
Pike Nurseries, Toco Hills
2101 LaVista Road, Atlanta GA 30329
Pike Nurseries, Towne Lake
2475 Towne Lake Parkway, Woodstock GA 30189
Pike Nurseries, West Cobb
3431 Barrett Parkway NW, Marietta GA 30064