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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Fall Things

Posted by John Fulton -

With frost a common occurrence this past weekend, our reminder of the impending winter season has been served. There are several things to consider for the season, and use the nice warm days to catch up. Indian Summer is now officially here after the frost. Leaves have begun to drop. There has been much debate about the leaf colors this year, due to the type of weather we had this sum...

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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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Dig Tender Bulbs Now - from Dave Robson

Posted by John Fulton -

Tender flowering "bulbs" produce some of our most colorful summer blooms. Gladiolus, canna, tuberous begonia and others are commonly grown throughout the U.S. These plants need special care since freezing kills them. The "bulbs" (in...

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Fall and Winter Rose Care

Posted by John Fulton -

Many of the roses that are classified as old garden roses are extremely tolerant of cold temperatures, while others like hybrid teas experience considerable damage. Also, budded roses stand a greater chance of injury or death due to severe cold than do own-root roses. When selecting roses, always select cultivars that are able to tolerate the coldest temperatures in your area based on USDA hard...

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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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Millipedes

Posted by John Fulton -

The last week has found the lowly millipede taking homes by storm. If millipedes were insects, they would deserve insect of the week honors. Since they are not insects, we'll just dub them "pest of the week." What are millipedes? They belong to the arthropod class Diplododa, which means double footed. The reason is simple: they have two legs per body segment. There are many...

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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 Things

Posted by John Fulton -

Fall has been with us by the calendar, and now temperatures are looking like they are going to coincide with what we consider fall. Fall brings many opportunities to do things before winter, but many are best left undone. To begin with, you may have noticed a very large number of brown needles on evergreens this fall. That may even have translated to large piles of needles under your e...

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Spruce Spider Mites

Posted by John Fulton -

The spruce spider mite is one of the main reasons we have generally ugly, old spruces in our area. The mites cause the death of branch tips on spruce trees, and give the appearance the trees are dying from the ground up. Of course, there are other diseases that give similar symptoms, but the spruce spider mite is an every-year occurance. Generally, the spruce spider mite starts earlie...

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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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Transplanting Trees

Posted by John Fulton -

Today I'll attempt to give you a brief outline of transplanting trees. Dormancy, meaning deciduous trees have lost their leaves, is the best time to transplant. Evergreens are never really dormant, so early spring or fall (by the end of October to allow for root growth) are the best times as well for them. The first step is to make sure the tree you have selected is adapted to the site...

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