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Weather and Plant Diseases

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

We all know how different the weather pattern has been this year. Foliar plant diseases develop when weather conditions are right, allowing the pathogens to grow and infect our plants. Our extended cooler spring temperatures and rainfall allowed those early spring foliar diseases more time to show up. Disease resistant plants have been showing up with disease this year anyway with the higher th...

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Scale Insects and Watering

Posted by Richard Hentschel -

Some insects seem to just appear on our plants overnight and this past week the Master Gardeners have fielded calls and identified Euonymus scale many times. Right now the scale is easy to spot as the young crawlers are white in color and very numerous and contrast well against the green of the leaf. Mixed in with the immature crawlers are the older female adults that have died. These s...

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Composting is Great, but Those Seeds

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

Composting yard waste is a great way to recycle plant parts from our yard and reuse them in the home landscape. It is surprising how quickly the compost bin can fill up as you move from bed to bed in the landscape. Once you get started and see all that wonderful organic matter that can be used in the beds, just about anything green and brown ends up in the compost bin. Putting everything into t...

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Plenty of Time to Plant

Posted by Sarah Fellerer -

The spring bloom season has just about finished, yet there is plenty of time to plant. Gardeners have all of July, August, September and into October to establish plants. Assuming we get the typical August heat, try to avoid August for planting as that is pretty hard on the plants and difficult for the gardener to manage. Garden Centers and Retail Nurseries have lot of plants available and dependi...

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