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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Tree Selection

Posted by John Fulton -

"Fall is for planting." That's one of the slogans for the fall tree planting campaign. Fall does work well, particularly for potted stock. Make sure you follow the recommended size hole, etc. For freshly dug stock, you've removed about half the root system by digging. One of the biggest chores is to select what to plant. Mature size, adaptable to the area, adaptable to the si...

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Weekly Rainfall

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Nuisance Pests

Posted by John Fulton -

The number of Asian lady bugs and millipedes has exploded in the last week. The lady bugs are seeking food (mainly aphids) and warmth. The lady bug population is usually behind the curve of the food source, and that has occurred again this year. Area soybean fields developed fairly large numbers of soybean aphids, and the lady bug population has increased to feed on them. Of course the aphid po...

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Pumpkin Time

Posted by John Fulton -

For all those that decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving, it's time to select that orange globe to set out by a corn shock or to carve into a jack-o-lantern. With some of the heavy frosts we've had, it's critical to check pumpkins over carefully before purchasing. Following are some of the cardinal rules for selecting and keeping pumpkins:...

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Digging Critters

Posted by John Fulton -

This time of year, we can see mole runs in the yard. We can also see where skunks or raccoons have been digging in certain areas. What are they after? Well, they're after food. And food to these critters means grubs. Grubs have been active since mid-summer. Normal treatment time is around the Logan County Fair...

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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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The Fall To-Do List

Posted by John Fulton -

It seems like fall has snuck up on us. It's been a very warm and dry, but the weather is changing. It is easiest to notice the evenings are much shorter, and we have less time to do the things we need to do in the fall. Following is a list of things to get into your schedule over the next few weeks, and in some cases not to do. Do a good job of raking up old fruit from under trees. Th...

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Yellowjackets

Posted by John Fulton -

Yellowjackets The fall festival season brings about the recurrence of the yellowjackets. Yellowjackets are most frequently encountered when they scavenge for food. Their habit of feeding on nectar and sugar can create a nuisance. Yellowjackets are attracted to open cups and cans of soda and other sweet liquids. They are also attracted to open cans of garbage, bright flowery clothing, 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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Signs of Fall

Posted by John Fulton -

Many signs of fall are reädily apparent. There are flocks of blackbirds, dog day cicadas singing, and of course those gossamer spider parachutes everywhere. Fall has other signs pertaining to gardening as well. This particular fall is starting very dry. In fact, if you haven't been watering a little bit most things are done for all practical purposes. The dry weather, coupled with the...

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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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