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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

Lawn Weeds in an Unusual Year

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Crabgrass seed has already germinated, and will continue to do so throughout the spring and summer months. Preventative treatments will still do some good for seed that will germinate over the next six to eight weeks, but won't get seeds already germinated. The organic arsenicals, such as DSMA and MSMA, will control newly germinated grass – including crabgrass.. Remember, you should have...

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Planting Tender Crops and Transplants

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Should you plant tender crops susceptible to frost? Probably only if you have a way of protecting plants with covers, row coverings, etc. All it takes is one day (or night) below freezing to cause a replant. We may return to more normal temperatures in the future, and we normally look at early May for planting warm-loving crops in the garden....

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Sweet Gum and other Nuisance Fruit Prevention

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With ethephon applications for nuisance fruit removal (such as on sweet gum trees), the key is in the timing. The application must be made during flowering, but before the fruit set in. For most flowering trees there is a 10-14 day window of opportunity. Sweet gums are a little tricky since there are no showy flowers involved, so effective sprays should occur just as new leaves begin to emerge....

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Insects in an Unusual Year

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What about insects? We always have more insects than we would like in lawns, gardens, and ornamentals. A warm winter, after a hot, dry summer last year will probably add to their numbers this year. And the season has started early. I've seen buffalo gnats in some locations already. Usually after a summer like we experienced last year, we can expect a much larger number of grasshoppers. Black cu...

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