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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

Rust

Posted by John Fulton -

It may seem an odd time of year to be reading about rust on turfgrasses, but Logan County has had an outbreak this past two weeks. Turf rusts generally appear in cooler temperatures and we recently experienced a week of cool days with low humidity and very cool nights. The result was a nice crop of rust in the lawn...

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Grub Control Options

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We have discussed the timing of grub control treatments in past columns. As a reminder, the date would have been early August for annual white grubs. We are now approaching treatment for grubs coming from the Japanese beetles. Knowing when to treat grubs is one thing, and knowing what product to use is another. Many grub control treatments are combined with fertilizer produc...

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Foundation Sprays

Posted by John Fulton -

If you have been following a foundation spray program all year, keep it up. If you haven't been, it is probably time to start. The foundation spray program is your first line of defense against nuisance pests in the house. It cuts down on crickets, millipedes, spiders, ants, and many others that find their way inside. To accomplish a foundation spray, you would s...

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Lawn Diseases

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It has been a banner year for diseases in many plants. The lawns are starting to show some of the diseases as well. Conditions have been ideal for many of the fungi that cause up problems. Humidity makes an ideal environment for many diseases, but there are some that like drier conditions. Dollar spot, brown spot, and rust have been noted in area lawns. There are treatments...

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Beetles

Posted by John Fulton -

We are still experiencing a large number of beetles in the garden. This includes not only the Japanese beetles, but also the recently emerged Western corn rootworm beetles. These small black and yellow striped beetles are of concern around cucumbers, melons, and pumpkins since they can carry a wilt virus. It is a good idea to treat your vining crops with Sevin, permethrin, o...

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Fall Lawn Care

Posted by John Fulton -

The time of year has arrived to put that final push on to prepare your lawn for the upcoming winter months. What you do now will have a big impact on how your lawn will look next spring. The timing of many of the treatments will begin in about a week, so now you'll have plenty of time to make your list and complete your shopping....

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Grub Treatments

Posted by John Fulton -

With the predominant grub rapidly switching to the larval stage of the Japanese beetle, it's best to hold off grub treatments for at least a couple of weeks. The idea is to get all the eggs hatched before your application. The eggs of the Japanese beetle and green June bug usually aren't hatched until t...

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We're At The Fair

Posted by John Fulton -

This is Logan County Fair week. We'll be hard to reach because of the various 4-H Shows. If you really need to speak with someone in the office, you may always call the office at 732-8289. You may have to leave a message on the answering machine, but we'll get back to you as we are able....

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Aphid Eaters

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With the numbers of aphids increasing in gardens, on trees, and in fields, that brings us to a couple of predators that we are familiar with. One is the Asian lady beetle, and the other is the syrphid fly. Both of these increase populations greatly when their food source, in this case aphids, increases. We are all familiar with the Asian lady beetle. It is actually a benefic...

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Sticky Mess

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People are beginning to complain about leaking sap coming from trees. Actually this has been going on for a week or so. What happens is a fine mist of sap coats things beneath a tree. This is actually called "honeydew," which is a secretion of sucking insects such as aphids. What makes matters worse is a fungus begins growing in the honeydew, making it turn black. There are...

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