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Over the Fence

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

Oaks, Acorns and Squirrels

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

  Squirrels clearly know fall is approaching based on the calls coming into the Master Gardeners help desk telephone line and homeowners bringing in handfuls of small oak twigs. Squirrels will, on an annual basis collect, hide, and eat a great many acorns in anticipation of winter, it is what they do. Squirrels will bury acorns in the typical places like the lawn, vegetable and flower b...

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The Cooler Nights Continue

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

All this cooler weather especially at night is having an effect on all our plants in the landscape. The temperatures we have been having at night especially have caused changes in how the plants have switched from actively growing to getting ready for dormancy. The plants used as annuals or as garden accent plants that are really tropical, would never go dormant in their native habitat and have...

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What's Going on in the Yard Now?

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

  All the rain and cooler weather has really started a change in the home landscape and vegetable garden. The fall and cooler season vegetables really like this weather and have been growing well. Those warm season vegetables like tomatoes and peppers begin to shut down as night time temperatures slow them down even with more normal daytime temperatures. If the idea is to go ahe...

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Lawns, Bulbs and Vegetables

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Home lawns have come alive again as their fall pattern of increased growth has returned. Gardeners need to mow more frequently for the next few weeks to keep up and follow the 1/3 rule of not removing more than 1/3 of the grass blade at any one mowing. A sharp mower blade will also keep the lawn looking better as well. If the lawn has been mowed while it was wet, take a few minutes and clear th...

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