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Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis
Larva and tunneling of the emerald ash borer
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Emerald Ash Borer

Posted by John Fulton -

There have been many findings of the emerald ash borer in central Illinois over the two years, including Bloomington, Chenoa, LaSalle County, and Bureau County. What does this mean for us? It means the borers have been active and undetected in areas for a long period of time. That is part of the problem with the emerald ash borer: it can be in a tree for three to five years before any visual sy...

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Fall-ing

Posted by John Fulton -

With the severe disease and insect pressure we have had, leaves are falling. As we approach September, some of this is to be expected, but some of it is due to damage from insects and diseases. Severely damaged leaves tend to drop early, especially when the leaf attachment is weakened. The causes are various, including: bacterial leaf scorch on pin oaks and red oaks, apple scab on apples and cr...

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Moving Plants Indoors - from David Robson

Posted by John Fulton -

"Houseplants that have been outside during the summer should be inspected carefully for insects and other pests before bringing them indoors," states David Robson, University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator, Springfield Center....

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Maintaining Tomatoes - from Mike Roegge

Posted by John Fulton -

The summer garden has taken its time to mature, but many are finally finding the fruits of their labor are at the peak of quality. The problem has been the unusually cool weather of July. Statewide, July was the coldest on record. One weekend we set record cold temperatures on two of the three nights. Tomatoes are a heat loving crop, and they just did not mature well with that cold weather....

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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. Grub problems have traditionally been found first along walks, driveways, or patios. The current list of products includes imidacloprid and trichlorfon as the chemical active ingredients. Sevin may also...

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Minute Pirate Bug

Biting Insects

Posted by John Fulton -

They're back, and almost a month earlier than last year. During the late summer small insects, known as insidious flower bugs and minute pirate bugs, become real pests by producing painful bites on people. They are about 1/5 of an inch long with black and white markings on the back. They are beneficial insects most of the time while feeding on small insects and their eggs. They are pres...

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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 select a mate...

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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, p...

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Lawn Diseases

Posted by John Fulton -

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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Fair Thanks

Posted by John Fulton -

The 2009 Logan County Fair is in the books. It seems like it gets harder to keep up with the pace as the years go by. The many volunteers who pitch in to make things go exceedingly well are to be commended for helping the youth have a positive experience. Running a show, carrying a table, or helping at the auction, your efforts are greatly appreciated....

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