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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

Early Garden Crop Seeding and Planting

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Gardening time is also upon us. With a year like this one, it seems to really have snuck up on us. We went from really cold to above average with the flip of a switch. Anyway, when soil is fit, March 25 to April 10 is the normal seeding/planting time for asparagus crowns, cabbage seed, kohlrabi, leaf lettuce, onions from seeds or sets, peas, potatoes, radish, rhubarb plants, spinach, and turnip...

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Sweet Gum Ball Control

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Advancing trees and shrubs brings to mind the sweet gum tree. This beautiful tree has been cursed with a fruit few care to see. Anyway, the most common control is ethephon, and it is used as a foliar spray to reduce or eliminate undesirable fruit or seeds. Some of the trade names include Florel and Ethrel. The product is effective at eliminating much of the fruit without affecting leaf growth...

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Pruning Trees and Shrubs and Timing Crabgrass Preventative Treatments

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Another warm weather phenomenon is the advancing of the trees and shrubs. Pruning times have pretty well slipped by us for dormant pruning. The next group of shrubs to prune will be the flowering group after they get done flowering. This timing helps maximize the blooms the following year. Forsythia is an indicator for crabgrass germination, so it is about time to get preventative treatments on...

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Ant Swarms and Ladybug Problems

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The warm weather has brought about many interesting things, both inside and outside the house. Inside the house, we have the Asian ladybugs to deal with. We also have them outside, but that is less of a concern. As we begin to clean up flower beds, or piled leaves around the house, we will disturb resting places of the ladybugs. This will cause them to seek a new place, and if it is...

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Another To-Do List

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There are quite a few things that can be done shortly. You need to finish up pruning chores in short order for deciduous trees and shrubs. Remember that most of the flowers and fruit come on two year old wood. Trees with high sap flow rates will tend to leak a lot of sap when pruned this time of year. Another item is to watch roses to determine when to start uncovering and pruning. Many recomme...

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Spring Grass Seedings

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Warmer temperatures have us thinking spring. Lawns are greening up very quickly. Spring seeding lawns is usually our second best choice, because of the warm weather soon to follow, but last year it worked like a gem with the cool, wet weather. Fall has been the preferred time for many years, but once again, temperature and moisture have a great effect on success....

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Things To Do List

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The infamous "to do" list can cause consternation, confrontation, and confusion. Hopefully a few reminders every now and then will help you avoid the 3-c problems. Finish up pruning deciduous trees and shrubs. Buds are beginning to swell on early species. If you want some further instruction or a...

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Fruit Tree Spray Schedules

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This is one of "pull it out of the file and run it again" columns. Of course, in most cases, good management last year is good management this year for horticultural topics. When it comes to spray programs for apple and pear trees, the two rules are to be consistent and be persistent. Quality fruit these days takes these two things, and time. It seems like quality fruit must be spraye...

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Asian Ladybugs

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They aren't the "monsters of the deep," but it certainly seems like it to hear some people talk about them. The "them" is the Asian ladybugs. Each day we get a little bit of sun, or slightly warmer temperatures, we have a few more break dormancy and find their way into your coffee cup or inside your reading light. We had a tremendous buildup of the adult beetles last fall, m...

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Pruning

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We are rapidly approaching the end of the pruning season for most fruit trees and deciduous ornamentals. There are a few rules that are recommended for pruning, and there are several other items that are up to "pruner discretion." One of the beginning items to discuss is the equipment. Most pruning can be done with three pieces of equipment. The most used piece is a pair of...

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