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Over the Fence

Where gardeners come to find out what's happening out in the yard.

Sod Webworms and Grubs

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Gardeners would normally see damage from grubs or sod webworms this time of year. With our rainfall this summer, grub damage if they are even out there will be minimal. The winter weather took out a large percentage of the Japanese beetle grubs, so we have not seen that big population we have in the past. Our more native Masked Chafer grub population having been displaced by the Japanese Beetle...

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Rain Rain Go Away

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

  Landscapes flower and vegetable beds sure needed some moisture; just getting it all at once is not ideal. Couple the high humidity, temperatures together, and we have great opportunities for disease outbreaks in the yard. Some general precautions would be NOT to work in the beds at all while the foliage remains wet. As gardeners, we can spread disease pathogens on our pants, g...

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Do You Know Where Your Bulbs Are?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

  We are lucky here in the Midwest to be able to enjoy spring and summer bulbs alike. We plant spring bulbs in the fall and summer bulbs in the spring. We let spring bulbs overwinter in our garden beds and dig up summer bulbs to overwinter indoors. Our spring bulbs need a cold treatment to trigger them into growing and blooming each spring. That is why if you are going to "force...

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Out in the Yard and Garden

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Down the Garden Path Richard Hentschel, Extension Educator July has brought us a mild summer with a fair amount of rain. It was not until the end of July that our yards and gardens began to look more typical – drying ground with some cracking showing up as the soil did begin to dry. If you missed some of those weeds, by now they are well established in the beds and take quite...

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