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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
Identifying white grubs

Grubs

Posted by John Fulton -

It has definitely been another unusual year weather wise. Of course I could really make a case for there really not being a "usual" weather pattern anymore, but rather an average of extremes. We are probably running a good two weeks behind normal in development and temperature. We do have the first May/June beetles out for the year. These insects come from grubs in the lawn or garden....

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Ticks

Posted by John Fulton -

It's another year of very high tick populations. Probably, the frequent spring rains in much of the state have provided the high moisture and humidity that ticks need. Ticks are large, flattened mites that feed as parasites on mammals, birds and reptiles. They hatch from eggs into six-legged larvae that locate hosts and feed before dropping off the host and molting into eight-legged nymphs. Nym...

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Adult Japanese Beetle Control

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Application of imidacloprid (Merit and other brand names) and other systemic insecticides is effective in controlling Japanese beetle adults. Although the imidacloprid occasionally doesn't work in a tree to control this pest, it does over 80 percent of the time. However, a soil application of imidacloprid typically takes 6-8 weeks to move completely up to the leaves of large trees. With Japanes...

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Anthracnose and Other Leaf Problems

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Anthracnose starts as dead leaf areas between leaf veins, or on the tips of leaves. When severe enough, leaves will fall. The good news is that it rarely harms trees. If enough leaves drop, a new set comes out in 4-6 weeks and we start all over. The next set of leaves may also get the disease, but they may not. Treatments when you see the symptoms of this disease are simply wasted t...

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Mosquitoes and Their Control

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The mosquito season has started in earnest. Of course mosquitoes aren't pleasant to begin with, but throw in the West Nile Virus, and many people are rightly concerned about West Nile Virus and how to control mosquitoes. For now, if you are using a program in stagnant water, with no fish, the wiggler stage is present and controls such as the B.t. israelae should be started. Also co...

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Painted Hickory Borer

Borers and Their Control

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Few things strike fear in the hearts of tree owners like the mention of borers. Borers are most often the larvae of beetles or moths, and they do their damage where you can't see it. The eggs are laid on or under the bark, and the small hatchling chews through to the part of the tree they feed on. They spend almost their entire lives inside the tree, where they can't be seen or controlled....

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Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

Posted by John Fulton -

We have reached the heat units now for garlic mustard to elongate from a rosette, and begin to bloom. Garlic mustard is considered an invasive species, and some states have declared it a noxious weed. Illinois hasn't declared it such, at least not yet. The problem with garlic mustard is how quickly it spreads. It spreads so quickly it tends to choke out much of the desirable undergrowth in timb...

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Gardening Calendar

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The gardening calendar shows it is about time, from May 10 th to the 25 th , to start in on our tender vegetables. This group includes green beans, sweet corn, and tomato plants. It is also time for successive plantings of leaf lettuce, other greens, radishes, and spinach. The way the wind has blown, it is probably a good idea to provide some protection for tender transplants f...

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Eastern Tent Caterpillar Nest

Eastern Tent Caterpillar

Posted by John Fulton -

Egg hatch may be running as much as three weeks later than normal. Of course, with the crazy "spring" we've had, the insects are probably somewhat disoriented as well. After hatching, the caterpillars create a white, silken tent in the branch crotches of crabapple, hawthorn, mountain ash, flowering cherry, and other trees and shrubs in the rose family. Eastern tent caterpillar is one of...

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April Monthly Rainfall with the Extension Office on the left and the National Weather Service on the right

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Station IL-LG-11 IL-LG-2...

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