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John Fulton
Former County Extension Director



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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

The Spring Garden

Posted by John Fulton -

While 60-70 degree temperatures get us used to spring/summer, we may be jumping the gun on planting warm season garden items. Many annual flowers, tomato plants, and other warm season plants should not be set out until after May 10. When we look at our average frost free date, we see that it is April 25. About half the time in the last 30 years, the average last spring killing frost has occurre...

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March Precipitation

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Here is a summary of March precipitation with the Extension Office on the left, and the National Weather Service on the right. Station IL-LG-11 IL-LG-2 Date Precip...

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Small Fruits in Early Spring

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Many small fruits require special maintenance in the early spring for their longevity and to achieve high production. This would include operations on grapes, brambles, blueberries, and strawberries. Grapes should be pruned in the spring, and we are at the late time for pruning. The goal is to leave about six good buds per lateral on the vines. This late, there could be some...

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Spring Lawn Seedings

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St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, but there is more green yet to come. Lawns will be greening up very soon, and areas protected under leaves or other types of loose mulch are already there. Spring seeding lawns is usually our second best choice, because of the warm weather soon to follow. Fall has been the prefe...

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Home Fruit Tree Spray Schedule

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When it comes to spray programs for apple and pear trees, the two rules are to be consistent and be persistent. Quality fruit these days takes these two things, and time. It seems like quality fruit must be sprayed at the recommended intervals. Starting with dormant oils, these need to be applied before buds swell. Dormant oils are usually needed only every two or three years to provide control...

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