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Over the Fence

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

Patience

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Right now the gardening word for the week is "patience" Gardeners are anxious to get the 2015 gardening season going, yet winter does not look like it is going away any time soon. So while we are impatiently waiting to get out in the yard to tend to our landscape plants and the garden, what can we do? While it remains snowing and cold, get those things done inside to prepare for later...

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Plants Coping with the Weather

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Plants have had quite a time dealing with the very cold weather and blustery winter winds. The lucky ones are currently under the snow and well protected. Soil temperatures remain constant and while covered by the snow, temperatures around the stems, twigs, foliage or buds are protected from the dry cold winter winds. One of our best defenses against winter damage is making sure our pla...

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Get Ready for Dormant Oil on Fruit Trees

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

While it is a bit early yet for home orchardists to begin a spray program, Extension offices have begun to get phone and email inquiries on timing for dormant oil sprays on fruit trees in home orchards and calls on managing Cedar Apple Rust and Apple Scab fungal diseases. Dormant oil sprays are typically applied to the point of run off to the branches and trunks of fruit trees to contro...

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Weather Damaged Plants

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Our recent winter weather patterns have caused concern from homeowners especially with our last snow storm. That snow came down quickly and was able to stick to and add a lot of weight to tree canopies and evergreen branches alike. Unless there is a compelling reason to remove the snow loads, like the real potential of having a branch break under this increased load, let the wind and mo...

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