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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Foundation Treatments

Posted by John Fulton -

While mowing this weekend, I noticed thousands of small crickets, ants, and other assorted nuisance pests just waiting to get into the house. A foundation treatment can at least greatly reduce the number of these insects finding their way into your home. A foundation treatment entails spraying the foundation of the house and the adjacent foot or two of soil with permethrin or bifenthrin insecti...

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Bacterial leaf scorch on pin oak

Bacterial Leaf Scorch on Pin Oak

Posted by John Fulton -

Bacterial leaf scorch (BLS) is an infectious plant disease caused by a bacterium, Xylella fastidiosa. The pathogen is systemic, living in the xylem. The most frequent U.S. hosts include elm, oak, sycamore, mulberry, sweetgum, sugar maple, and red maple. In Illinois, we have identified the problem on oak. At the U of I Plant Clinic, it has been confirmed it on pin, red, shingle, bur, an...

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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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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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Fall Lawn Care

Posted by John Fulton -

The time of year has arrived to put that final push on to prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter months. What you do now will have a big impact on how your lawn will look next spring. Keep mowing when the grass or weeds dictate mowing. The rule of thumb is to remove no more than a third of the leaf blade at...

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Ragweed

Posted by John Fulton -

If you're one that usually suffers from the fall allergy season, you know the symptoms all to well. Many people blame goldenrod as the culprit, when it is mostly ragweed problems. In our area, we have two types of ragweed. The most noticeable is giant ragweed. Giant ragweed, also called horseweed, can grow well over 10 feet tall. It is very noticeable as one of the few weeds that grows taller t...

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squashbug nymph

Squash Bugs

Posted by John Fulton -

The squash bug ranks as one of the lowest rated creatures on earth. Anyone who has grown squash, pumpkins, melons, or related crops has met it. Adult squash bugs are flattened in appearance and approximately ½ to ¾ inch long. Gray to black in color, adults are winged with orange and brown stripes visible on the edges of the abdomen. Eggs are 1/16 inch long, yellowish-brown to brick red in col...

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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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Fall Defoliators

Posted by John Fulton -

As we enter mid-August, we usually don't think of fall. At least not quite yet. One reason we call fall defoliators exactly that is that the growing season is late in the second half. Some of the names of the defoliators also have fall in their name. Let's begin by listing some of the culprits. Fall webworms, Eastern tent caterpillars, Tussock moth larvae, Walnut caterpillars, Cecropia...

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Aphid Eaters

Posted by John Fulton -

With the numbers of aphids increasing in gardens, on trees, and in fields, that brings us to a couple of predators that we are familiar with. One is the Asian lady beetle, and the other is the syrphid fly. Both of these increase populations greatly when their food source, in this case aphids, increases. We are all familiar with the Asian lady beetle. It is actually a beneficial insect...

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Sticky Mess

Posted by John Fulton -

Sticky Mess People are beginning to complain about leaking sap coming from trees. Actually this has been going on for a week or so. What happens is a fine mist of sap coats things beneath a tree. This is actually called "honeydew," which is a secretion of sucking insects such as aphids. What makes matters worse is a fungus begins growing in the honeydew, making it turn black....

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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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