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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Farewell

Posted by John Fulton -

This will be my last weekly column for University of Illinois Extension, as I will be retiring March 31. I've thoroughly enjoyed providing the material for your use. It's hard to believe it has been over 33 years of columns to at least some of the media outlets. Other staff members will continue to provide material for your local publications. Thanks for all of your support through these years, an...

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Early Season Lawn Weeds

Posted by John Fulton -

Each year, the winter annual weeds chickweed and henbit run number one and two in the early spring. This year, it seems the henbit has once again regained the number one spot. Winter annual weeds can actually germinate in the fall, carry through the winter, then get going very early in the spring. They also are done by the heat of the summer, leaving seed to germinate again later in the fall. R...

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Pruning Roses

Posted by John Fulton -

It is now time to prune roses, if you didn't jump the gun already and do back in February! The cold snaps have caused some additional dieback, so waiting has been a benefit. The modern shrub roses, such as the knockouts, have been the most prevalent type planted lately. The rules for the modern shrub roses are: remove a third of the very oldest canes, identify and leave a third of the n...

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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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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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