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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
Yellowjacket

Yellowjackets

Posted by John Fulton -

With the fall festival season comes the onslaught of yellowjackets, and the calls have been rolling in to the office. Yellowjackets are beneficial insects in the sense that they pollinate plants and feed other insects and carrion (dead meat) to their larvae. Many times they will prey on insects that we identify as pests. Unfortunately, their ability to sting makes them a considerable health con...

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Last Call for Master Gardener Training

Posted by John Fulton -

A new training program for Master Gardener trainees will be offered in Lincoln at the U of I Extension Office beginning on September 22 and concluding December 1, with no class the week of Thanksgiving. The classes will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m. Cost for the training will be $100 per person for those volunteering time through the Logan County grou...

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Fall is Headed Our Way

Posted by John Fulton -

All we have to do is look at a calendar, and we can see fall is coming at us rapidly. There are also many other signs, symptoms, and legends that predict the change in season and the severity of the winter. The wooly bear caterpillar legend is one of the most often quoted. The banded wooly bear is black at both ends, and has orange and black stripes in the middle. The legen...

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Many and Varied Topics

Posted by John Fulton -

This week I thought I would cover, in short form, many different topics. There seem to be many things going on at this time, but most are continuations of earlier problems. Hopefully you will at least be a little better informed after reading this week's offering. Let's start with maple trees. Many have decided to shed all their leaves in response to the fungi, such as anthr...

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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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Common Teasel

Teasel - Invasive Plant

Posted by John Fulton -

Another invasive plant, teasel, is easily noticed along highway and railroad right-of-way. The plant looks like a thistle, and has gone gangbusters since the spray programs have been curtailed due to budget restrictions. The plant behaves like a biennial in that it has a small rosette stage the first year, then bolts to the tall, flowering plant the second year. This life cycle is similar to an...

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