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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Pumpkins

Posted by John Fulton -

Harvest pumpkins before the stems turn brown. The heat has really moved things along this year. You should leave at least two inched of stem attached to the pumpkin, and using pruning shears is a great way to harvest pumpkins or squash. Here are some additional tips for pumpkins, even though we are in early September: Choose a pumpkin with a stem and never carry it by the stem. P...

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Fall To-Do List

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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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. Keep mowing when the grass or weeds dictate mowing. The rule of thumb is to remove no more than a third of the leaf blade at any one time. This means that if your desired mowing height is 2 inches, you...

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Bacterial leaf scorch on pin oak

Oak Tree Problems

Posted by John Fulton -

While we normally look forward to the change of tree foliage in the fall, this year the premature leaf drop and discoloration may cause us to lose some of our fall enjoyment. The reasons for the leaf problems are many, and have been with us since early spring in many cases. On oaks, particularly pin and red oaks, we could be experiencing some major problems such as oak wilt and bacteria...

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The Fall Garden

Posted by John Fulton -

It doesn't seem possible to think about fall, let alone a fall garden, after the past several weeks of heat and humidity. However, if you are interested in planting a fall garden, the time is upon us. Many of the commonly grown fall crops require about 50 days before harvest, and this group includes beets, kohlrabi, green beans, Swiss chard, turnips, and transplants of broccoli, cabbage, and ca...

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Items of Interest

Posted by John Fulton -

There are several items being asked about on a frequent basis, of course many asking the questions probably don't read this or they wouldn't be asking! Tomatoes are experiencing blossom end rot and several leaf diseases. Fungicide sprays are necessary for the leaf diseases, while blossom end rot can be helped with a deep watering followed by at least two inches of mulch....

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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 material such as...

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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, permethrin, or bifenthrin...

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Turf 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 available fo...

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