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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Cedar-Apple Rust

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Cedar apple rust is caused by a fungus that attacks two different groups of trees. The first group is apples and crabapples, and the second is juniper and eastern red cedar. In order to survive, the fungus must "move" from one group of host to the other. On juniper, or eastern red cedar, small (3/8 to 1 and 3/16 inches in diameter) galls develop t...

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Broadleaf Weed Control

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Everyone seems to have been waiting for warmer temperatures and the appointed date to begin broadleaf weed control programs. Well that time will come, believe it or not. For most of the broadleaf products to work, the temperature has to be over 55 degrees. These chemicals do work better when it is warmer and the weeds are actively growing. The first item of business is to know what type of weed...

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Frost and Cold Damage - from David Robson and Martha Smith

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Cold Temperatures Take a Toll on Plants Recent cold temperatures have affected many yard and garden plants and may continue to do so for the next month, says David Robson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture...

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Master Gardener Plant Sale

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Master Gardener Plant Sale This Saturday the annual Master Gardener Plant Sale will make its annual appearance. The sale will be from 9 to noon in the Fair Exhibition Building. Enter the fairgrounds through the south gate by the caretaker's trailer. I know they have been busy this year with several v...

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Reminders for the week

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Reminders Mow the grass as it is needed. Try to remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf blade to do away with catching or raking grass. Broadleaf control is just around the corner for many weeds. Look at early May for control. Grub control is largely unsuccessful in the spring because of large grub size and a short life cycle. Look to August and September for grub...

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Early Spring Pests

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Early in the spring, there are many pest that become active. Many of these are timed by the saucer magnolia blooms, according to Orton's "Coincide" book. The past couple of weeks, when the magnolia blooms were in the pink-bud stage, spruce spider mites became active. These mites are one of the major downfalls of spruce in our area. The spruce spider mite, along with other s...

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Chickweed and Henbit

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This time of year we are getting quite a few questions about certain lawn weeds. The questions are generally related to identification and then what to use to get rid of the stuff. Each year, these winter annual weeds run number one and two in the early spring. This year is seems like chickweed is running slightly ahead. Winter annual weeds can actually germinate in the fall, carry thro...

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Master Gardener Plant Sale

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Many have been asking about the Master Gardener Plant Sale for this year. The group has been busy working to prepare for the plant sale. This year's date is Saturday, April 26, and the sale will be from 9am to noon (or sell out) in the Exhibition Building at the Fairgrounds. They plan to have perennials...

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Nuisance Tree Fruit Removal

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Nuisance Tree Fruit Removal Nuisance fruit removal is a term used for removing sweet gum balls, maple seeds, and crabapples. It really applies to fruit that is a nuisance. There are several products available to eliminate nuisance fruit. The most common is ethephon, and it is us...

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Swarms of Ants and Termites

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Also with some warmer weather comes the swarms of insects that raise that perennial question of "Are they ants or termites?" Swarming time for both insects is about the same time, and they are really looking to start new colonies because they have outgrown their old ones. This is the reason for the winged insects, the wings allow the ants or termites to cover larger areas to start their new c...

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Millipedes

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A common home invader this past week has been the millipede. Millipedes are hard shelled animals that are worm-like with many segments. They also curl up when disturbed. Most body segments have 2 pair of legs, except for the 3 behind the head. Adults are 1-2 inches long and can be brown, tan, or gray. Most millipedes are scavengers. They feed on decaying organic matter su...

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Nuisance Pests

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Pest Season Comes Again With the warmer weather, we're becoming more active. There are also many nuisance pests becoming more active as the temperature climbs, and we destroy their resting places by cleaning off flower b...

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