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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Lawn Diseases and Evergreen Woes

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Several diseases are found in lawns at this time. Brown patch, dollar spot, and helminthosporium are some of them. It is not recommended to treat lawns for diseases since it a never ending proposition. Sprays are generally applied every 10-14 days forever. It is recommended to let diseases run their course, and reseed in the early fall if needed. Evergreens are not looking the best. Mos...

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Cucurbit Insects

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Cucurbits are basically everything in the squash and melon families. There are several potential insect problems with them, and today's column attempts to help minimize or prevent these problems. The first group of insects is the cucumber beetles. These can be green, black and yellow striped, or black and yellow spotted. These are also called corn rootworm beetles when they are in corn fields....

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Bagworm Check

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If you haven't checked for bagworms yet, now would be a good time. Small bags have been noticed in the county for the last few weeks. Re-treatment may be necessary in some cases. Sevin will work on the smaller sized bagworms, while the B.t. products may be required for the larger ones. Remember bagworms frequen...

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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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Japanese beetle

Japanese Beetles

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After three years of heavy numbers in the Mt. Pulaski, Chestnut and Latham areas, the rest of Logan County is becoming acquainted with the Japanese beetle. Japanese beetle adults have a 1/2 to 3/4 inch long body with copper colored wing covers and a shiny metallic green head. A key characteristic is prominent white...

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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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Anthracnose on maple

Anthracnose Disease

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A lot has happened in a week with our trees. The maples continue to show increasing leaf drop. Sycamores have been hit with a vengeance, and leaves have been falling like rain for the last week. Other good quality hardwoods, such as ash, are also showing symptoms. The symptoms are dead material between the leaf veins, along the leaf edges, or dead tips of leaves. There are also times wh...

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Oystershell scale

Oystershell scale

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It is time to take action against the notorious oystershell scale, because the eggs are now hatching into young crawlers that are extremely susceptible to insecticide applications. However, as the scales mature later in the season, they are more difficult to control because they form an impenetrable protective covering. Oystershell scale has a wide host range, including ash, birch, dogwood, elm...

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Iron Chlorosis

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It's that time of year when iron chlorosis has started to show up again as the yellowing of leaves with a darker green color immediately around the veins in a leaf. This usually shows up on the younger leaves first. This yellowing is particularly noticeable on pin oaks and sweet gums, but may be seen on other species....

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Bagworms

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After some very severe infestations of bagworms the past few years, the calls have been coming in all year on the correct treatment times for bagworms this year. Year-in and year-out, the correct treatment time for bagworms is June 15. You can mark this date on your calendar for next year and be within a few day...

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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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