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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Fair Time

Posted by John Fulton -

It doesn't seem possible, but the calendar assures me that the Logan County Fair actually starts next week on Tuesday, July 31. The Illinois State Fair will start about a week later, but 4-H involvement there will actually start about 4 days in advance of the official opening date. In case of an emergency call...

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Cicada killer wasp

Cicada Killer Wasp

Posted by John Fulton -

The cicada killer wasps have returned! They are actually considered beneficial insects because they control cicadas. This wasp gets its common name due to the fact that it hunts and supplies its nest chambers with a cicada, which becomes a food source for the young cicada killer. Other food sources could include katydids and grasshoppers. We are getting cicada killers now because of the beginni...

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Weekly Rainfall

Posted by John Fulton -

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

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Tomato Diseases

Posted by John Fulton -

Tomato Diseases It seems like the tomato is the one plant that just about everybody tries to grow. Some people grow large amounts, while others plant one or two in containers. At any rate, the calls and samples have started coming in to the office already. Most of the samples have spots, brown leaves, and dropp...

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Weekly Rainfall

Posted by John Fulton -

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

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Yellow Grass

Posted by John Fulton -

There seem to be many yellow patches of grass showing up in area lawns. Large amounts of rain could have pushed nitrogen below the level where grass roots can reach it, or it can lead to denitrification, where the bacteria in the soil break down nitrate forms of nitrogen for the oxygen they contain. Any root damage also reduces the amount of nitrogen and other elements that can be taken up into...

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Pruning Evergreens

Posted by John Fulton -

This is the time of year to wrap up pruning chores on evergreens. This includes both needle-type and broadleaf evergreens. If you're wondering what a broadleaf evergreen is, that includes holly, rhododendron, and azalea. The logic behind pruning your yews at this time is to allow sufficient time for regrowth to become hardened off before winter, and to keep new growth from becoming too rank bef...

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Japanese Beetle Update

Posted by John Fulton -

The numbers of adults have been impressive in some cases. Trees, shrubs, vegetable plants, and fruit plants and trees have all been affected. Of course there are some plants that are favored feeding sites. These would include Japanese maple, Norway maple, Horsechestnut, Hollyhock, Flowering crabapple, Apple, Cherry...

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