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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Broadleaf Weed Control

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Everyone seems to have been waiting for warmer temperatures and the appointed date to begin broadleaf weed control programs. Well that time has just about arrived. The first item of business is to know what type of weeds you want to control. This will make a big difference in what product or products you select. The main products used for broadleaf weed control in lawns are 2,4-D, MCPP...

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Cedar Apple Rust

Cedar Apple Rust

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Cedar apple rust is caused by a fungus that attacks two different groups of trees. The first group is apples and crabapples, and the second is juniper and eastern red cedar. In order to survive, the fungus must "move" from one group of host to the other. On juniper or eastern red cedar, small (3/8 to 1 and 3/16 inches in diameter) galls develop throughout the tree on needles an...

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Weekly Rainfall

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Logan County Extension Office Week ending Rainfall in inches Week ending Rainfall in inches 3/11 .14...

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Master Gardener Plant Sale

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The Sixth Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale will be Saturday, April 28, 2007 from 9 am until noon or sellout in the Exhibition Building at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Contrary to popular belief, there have been plants left at noon the past couple of years. They will have perennials, annuals, and houseplants avail...

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Lawn Fertility and Maintenance

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It has been quite a year already. Temperatures in the 80s followed by an extended freeze may have done in your early seeded grass. At this time, mowing is beginning in earnest. Remember to remove no more than a third of the grass blade in any one mowing. This will reduce thatch buildup, and do away with the need to rake or catch grass. It's time to prepare for fertilizing the lawn. To...

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Weekly Rainfall

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Logan County Extension Office Week ending Rainfall in inches Week ending Rainfall in inches 3/11 .14...

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Extension Week

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The West Central Region has designated April 15-21 as Extension Week. Logan County has had Extension since February of 1918. It began with a Farm Advisor named Elmer Ebersol who began selling the county memberships in the combined Extension and Farm Bureau system that remained in place until the 1950's. E...

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Periodical Cicada

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Periodical Cicadas 2007 is the year of the Periodical Cicada Northern Brood VIII (17 year cicada) to return. The southern boundary of their range is from Iroquois County, to the northern edge of Sangamon County, to the Quad Cities....

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Desiccation

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While the damage from the freezing temperatures is evident, maybe just as bad was the wind. Wind dries things out, especially at lower temperatures. Colder air just can't hold as much moisture as warmer air, and the combination of cold and windy is just a double whammy. Some plants show the damage from drying winds more noticeably than others. White pines are almost the kings when i...

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Weekly Rainfall

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Silver Lining?

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Many wonder if there is a silver lining to the recent freeze. You may have to look long and hard, but surely there is something. Some tulips are now developing, especially those that came out later and still had the flower buds well protected. If the flowers are laying flat or are drooping, that usually means dead tissue in the stem area. The best scenarioI can think of is nuisance frui...

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Spring Freeze

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"Wait and see" is the best advice concerning perennials subjected to the freezing temperatures of the last week. Temperatures below 25 degrees are generally regarded as harmful to budding and blooming plants. Temperatures of about 18 degrees are more damaging. Flowers such as daffodils and tulips definitely took a hit. The blooms exposed froze, and stems and flower buds froz...

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Weekly Rainfall

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Logan County Extension Office Week ending Rainfall in inches Week ending Rainfall in inches 3/11 .14...

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Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

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One of the more prevalent "different" weeds this year has been Star of Bethlehem. This is a weed that looks like wild onion or garlic, but doesn't have the odor. It can also present a small white flower. It grows from small bulbs, so tilling an infested area is not a good idea. Control is difficult. Traditional lawn weed herbicides don't touch it. Recommendationshave beenrepeated Roundu...

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Weekly Rainfall

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Logan County Extension Office Week ending Rainfall in inches Week ending Rainfall in inches 3/11 .14...

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Dividing Perennials

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A common maintenance chore in a perennial garden is that of dividing. There is no set rule as to when to divide perennials. Some may need division every 3-5 years, some 8-10 years and some would rather you not bother them at all. Perennials will send signals to let you know that they would like to be divided. The signals to watch out for include: flowering is reduced with the flowers g...

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Frost and Freeze information

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Coming off some record setting temperatures, we now have the thermometer heading the other way. Causes for concern are several, but there may only be a few we can actually do much about. The main thing the warm weather has done is speed along development of just about everything. Many trees are in bloom, tulips are now in bloom, and perennials are out and going in most cases. Of course...

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