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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

Are you a locovore?

Are you a locovore? A locowhat? A locavore is a person who eats food from the local area. Locavores aren't loco -- they just like to eat food that has been grown locally to help the environment and the economy. The reasons for selecting local foods include the fact that foods shipped long distances are often picked while they are unripe, can be stored for long periods of time, and are often han...

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Maple leaf bladder gall

Maple Tree Problems

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Here we go again! We are into May and many area homeowners are reporting problems with their maple trees. Many times the problems begin on one side of the tree, and have the symptoms of brown or dropped leaves. What could be the problem? Well, anthracnose is back again. The fact that one side of the tree is affected is usually a function of wind currents (or the lack of them). The other side wi...

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Ant and Termite Differences

Ants, Termites, and Lady Bugs

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The alternating warm and cool 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...

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Broadleaf Weed Control in Lawns

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Everyone seems to have been waiting for warmer temperatures and the appointed date to begin broadleaf weed control programs. Well that time will come, believe it or not. For most of the broadleaf products to work, the temperature has to be over 55 degrees. These chemicals do work better when it is warmer and the weeds are actively growing. The first item of business is to know what type of weed...

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Frost and Freeze Damage

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It was quite an interesting twist getting a hard freeze with not much frost, and then some frost on the second day. Why not much frost? Well, there really wasn't much moisture to produce the frost. The second day of cold weather, we didn't have much frost until the humidity came up around 6:30 or later. The end result is damage to many plants, and the actual damage is caused by the plant's cell...

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Ticks

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The wacky weather has many unintended consequences. If you have an outdoor pet, you may have noticed an unusually early and large number of ticks are out and about. Anyone who has been out in tall grass or wooded areas can probably attest to that as well. Ticks are large, flattened mites that feed as parasites on mammals, birds and reptiles. They hatch from eggs into six-legged larvae that loca...

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