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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Green June Bugs

Posted by John Fulton -

Well not a week has passed, and an insect similar in appearance to the Japanese beetle has made its annual appearance. No, you don't have Japanese beetles that have supersized themselves. That insect is the Green June Bug. These beetles are much larger than either June bugs or Japanese beetles. Most people are concerned that they have bumble bees because of the buzzing sound the beetles make wh...

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Cicada Killer Wasps

Posted by John Fulton -

The cicada killer wasps have returned! They are actually considered beneficial insects because they control cicadas. This wasp gets its common name due to the fact that it hunts and supplies its nest chambers with a cicada, which becomes a food source for the young cicada killer. Cicada killers are a nuisance pest, especially when nesting in large numbers in a play area or near the house. Peopl...

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Water Damage

Posted by John Fulton -

Most of Illinois has experienced excessive rains, which have resulted in waterlogged soils and flooding. Logan County has certainly been no exception, with another round of four inches or more common. It is important to understand what is happening to plants growing in these conditions, and what to expect later. It...

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Septoria Leaf Blight on Tomato
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Tomato Diseases

Posted by John Fulton -

It seems like the tomato is the one plant that just about everybody tries to grow. Some people grow large amounts, while others plant one or two in containers. At any rate, the calls and samples have started coming in to the office already. Most of the samples have spots, brown leaves, and dropping leaves, or all of the above. Several diseases hit tomatoes, but two of the more common ones are e...

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