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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

March Snows

Posted by John Fulton -

While the concentration is on snow in March, the real emphasis should probably be on the cold temperatures experienced over the weekend. Snow is a good thing. It provides an insulating layer for everything it covers. Moisture provided by the snow.is also a good thing. Early blooming plants such as apricots and peaches may have been the most heavily damaged among fruit bearing plants. Ex...

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Home Fruit Tree Spray Schedule

Posted by John Fulton -

The first regular spray of the year is applied when the green tissue is ½ inch out of the bud. This spray for homeowners usually consists of a multipurpose fruit spray (and sulfur if needed for powdery mildew). Multipurpose fruit spray has been re-formulated to include malathion, captan, and carbaryl (methoxychlor was eliminated from the mixture several years ago). This same mixture would be us...

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crabgrass

Spring Lawn Maintenance and Seeding

Posted by John Fulton -

Here we are in the first half of March, and the forsythia is in bloom. This marks the beginning of the crabgrass germination. It is an entire month early, when compared to average. Applications of crabgrass preventers are usually repeated in four to six weeks, but two repeated applications may be suggested this year due to the very early season. Use of a crabgrass preventer is very effe...

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Garden Timing

Posted by John Fulton -

With the "confused" season we have been experiencing, to err on the side of caution would be my advice. That being said, as conditions allow, it would be time to plan to earliest garden crops which fall into the very hardy category. But, we may have to wait on the latest freezing temps and a bit drier soil conditions to proceed. These very hardy crops would include kale, kohlrabi, leaf...

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flowers in February

Early Flowering and Budding

Posted by John Fulton -

Just as untimely as the crabapples blooming in December last fall, now we have daffodil and crocus booms appearing at the end of February and early March. Tulips aren't far behind, and I'm sure there are some in bloom somewhere. Trees and shrubs are also initiating bud growth. Is this a problem? It can be from some aspects. The plants of all types only have one set of flower buds to com...

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Reminders

Posted by John Fulton -

With the mention of trees and shrubs being very advanced this spring, pruning chores on ornamental and fruit trees should be moved up as well. So, that means as-soon-as possible this year, and two weeks ago would have been better. Wait on roses for now, as a cold snap will kill off end tissue and new growth. You may have to do the cover and uncover shuffle for a while with roses which have been...

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Poinsettia

Poinsettias and Reblooming Them

Posted by John Fulton -

The poinsettia is a plant that is native to Mexico, and has become the traditional potted plant at Christmas time. While many believe that the red, pink, or white color is the flower, it is actually called a bract. Bracts are colored leaves. The true flowers are there, but they aren't very showy. Many of the improved varieties offered today last an amazingly long time. To keep them look...

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