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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

Asian ladybugs and Other Nuisance Pests

Posted by John Fulton -

The cooler nights sure make for better sleeping weather, but they are also a sure sign that fall is on the way. With the cool weather, we have quite a few insects that are looking for a warm place to be. Insects look to "sun" themselves on a south or west facing wall to catch warmth in the afternoon. That brings us to nuisance pests. A nuisance pest is anything that causes u...

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Frost

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We not only had a frost, but a hard freeze to boot this morning. My thermometer read 23 degrees this morning at about 6 am. There are some garden issues to address quickly due to the cold. First off, I'm sure it got cold enough that no rhubarb should be used. The freezing, usually temperatures below about 27 degrees or so, will damage the cells in the leaves releasing a toxin into the s...

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Fall Leaf Management

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With a little bit of wind, or a lot of wind this past weekend, the leaves have begun dropping in large numbers. This brings up one of those age old questions "What do I do with all those leaves?" The simple answer is to give you t hree options: leave them (no pun intended), remove them, or chop them up....

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Fall and Winter Rose Care

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Many of the roses that are classified as old garden roses are extremely tolerant of cold temperatures, while others like hybrid teas experience considerable damage. Also, budded roses stand a greater chance of injury or death due to severe cold than do own-root roses. When selecting roses, always select cultivars that are able to tolerate the coldest temperatures in your area based on USDA hard...

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Fall Color

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It's fall leaf time again, and those interested in the phenomenon of fall leaf color should be happy with the fall colors we achieve this year. We are entering the peak color period for this season. Frost is often credited with causing the great fall colors, but it actually kills leaves producing dull earth tone colors. Bright fall colors are caused by chemical reactions in leaves, and these re...

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Fall Weed Control

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Fall is a great time to apply herbicides to control the tougher perennial weeds and the winter annuals that are just starting to germinate. The tough perennials would include weeds like ground ivy and violets. The winter annuals are mainly chickweed and henbit in our area. The straight 2,4-D that is used on dandelions seems to act like a fertilizer for chickweed and other problem weed...

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Planting Spring Bulbs

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Spring bulbs may be planted through October. When purchasing bulbs, the bigger the bulb the more expense, but the greater the flower bloom size. Daffodil bulbs sometimes have two bulbs together. Double bulbs may be pulled apart before planting. Spring flowering bulbs generally need well drained soil, and do best under deciduous trees. They will be rather short-lived under evergreens. Large bulbs,...

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Tree Decline

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With continuing weather extremes, such as flooding followed by a month of dry weather, then very cool weather followed by heat followed by a cool August, well things just aren't "normal." These adverse conditions have really taken a toll on our trees. When the entire tree looks like it is dieing, the injury, disease, or insect logically must be affecting the trunk or the roots. These areas woul...

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