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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Broadleaf Weed Control in the Fall

Posted by John Fulton -

Fall is a great time to try and control problem perennial weeds in the lawn. The weeds are in the process of storing energy in the roots and crowns so they can come out again next year. This translocation of food also provides a great way to move pesticides in the plants. Problem perennial weeds would include things like ground ivy, violets, speedwell, and others. Of course,...

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Older pine needles ready to drop off white pine.

Brown Needles on Pine Trees

Posted by John Fulton -

Brown needles happen on pine trees, and other evergreens, all the time. Of course, some times are more striking than others. Is this a bad thing? It all depends. To begin with, evergreens only keep one to four years of green growth toward the tips of the branches. The number of years is dependent on weather conditions, the health of the tree, and the species. Needles toward the trunk of the tre...

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Think Safety on the Road during the Fall Harvest

Posted by John Fulton -

The fall harvest and farming season has begun in earnest. Remember to use caution around the slow moving equipment. A speed of 20 miles per hour will be about the highest you will see on roadways from tractors. Farm equipment is also large and heavy. Be patient and exercise caution when farm equipment is on the road. We all need to share the roadway, so let's do it safely....

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Dead Grass Spots

Posted by John Fulton -

There are many dead spots in lawns, and there will be more in a short time. Many spots have been present since mid-summer, and were due to fungi killing the grass. As a simple review, it is not recommended to treat a fungus in home lawns due to the cost, frequency, and potential allergic reaction of people and pets. In some cases, the extremely wet weather, followed by hot, dry conditions actua...

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sapsucker damage on trunk

Holes in Trees

Posted by John Fulton -

Many people are reporting holes in trees. These holes are round and in a pattern either around or up and down on tree trunks. They are also usually found in a tree that has high sap flows such as maples, gums, or evergreens. These holes are caused by yellow bellied sapsuckers. About the time we notice the holes, the birds are gone. They migrate and only bless us with their presence about two mo...

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Fall Reminders

Posted by John Fulton -

Fall seems to be bearing down on us. The warm days and cooler nights definitely bring to mind the seasons are changing. This week's offering will cover many short topics with reminders, alerts, and the to-do list. Lawn work can be in high gear. Reseeding or overseeding should be done this week. Use about two pounds of seed per 1000 square feet of lawn for overseeding and twice that for...

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