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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis
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Maple Leaf Problems - Anthracnose and Bladder Gall

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We may be running about three weeks behind normal, but some things are catching up with a vengeance. Anthracnose leaf fungus is one of them. If you haven’t noticed, maple tree leaves on the better quality maples, such as red maples and sugar maples, are browning or drying up in many locations. Anthracnose starts as dead leaf areas between leaf veins, or on the tips of leaves. When sev...

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Fireblight on pear and apple

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Another leaf problem, but a different host set…. There is a large amount of tip dieback in some varieties of pears and apples, and this is probably fire blight. Look for a shepherd’s crook at the tip of the affected areas as a clue it is fire blight. Fire blight is a bacterial disease, therefore there is little chance for you to treat it. The Bradford ornamental pear is also being infected, as...

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American Dog Tick

Ticks

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Ticks are once again plentiful. Just check your pet after a romp through some tall grass, and you might be amazed at the number of ticks picked up in a short time. Ticks are large, flattened mites that feed as parasites on mammals, birds and reptiles. They hatch from eggs into six-legged larvae that locate hosts and feed before dropping off the host and molting into eight-legged nymphs. Nymphs...

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Biting Gnats (Buffalo Gnats) Have Returned

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Call them buffalo gnats, black flies, and other unmentionable names, but they have returned. The small flies, or gnats, are hatched in clean, running water. This is one indicator our water protection plans are succeeding. They will continue to hatch until water temperatures hit about 75 degrees. They will also travel up to 10 miles in search of a food source, meaning blood....

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Time To Plant Warm-loving Vegetables

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We are in the planting time for warm-loving vegetables, which is May 10 through June 1. Of course, the weather has been slow to cooperate this year, and warm-loving may be a misnomer with the cool weather this week. Warm season vegetables include Lima beans, cucumber, eggplant, melons, pepper plants, sweet potato slips, pumpkins, and squash. You can also put out successive plantings of snap bea...

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Master Gardener Plant Sale Reminder

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Due to the late spring, the Master Gardeners rescheduled their annual plant sale for this Saturday, May 17. Hours will be 9:00 a.m. to noon, and the sale will be held in the Special Events Building at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Master Gardeners have been busy with dividing plants. They will offer perennials, annuals, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, ornamental grasses, and houseplants at the sale...

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Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

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Star of Bethlehem is a weed that looks like wild onion or garlic, but doesn't have the odor. It can also present a small white flower. It grows from small bulbs, so tilling an infested area is not a good idea. Control is difficult. Traditional lawn weed herbicides don’t control it very well. Recommendations have been repeated Roundup use, use of Gramoxone (paraquat), or one of the three-way bro...

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Tree Borers and their Control

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Few things strike fear in the hearts of tree owners like the mention of borers. Borers are most often the larvae of beetles or moths, and they do their damage where you can’t see it. The eggs are laid on or under the bark, and the small hatchling chews through to the part of the tree they feed on. They spend almost their entire lives inside the tree, where they can’t be seen or controlled....

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Broadleaf Weed Control for 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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Cedar Apple Rust
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Cedar-Apple Rust

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Cedar apple rust is caused by a fungus that attacks two different groups of trees. The first group is apples and crabapples, and the second is juniper and eastern red cedar. In order to survive, the fungus must "move" from one group of host to the other. On juniper, or eastern red cedar, small (3/8 to 1 and 3/16 inches in diameter) galls develop throughout the tree on needles and smal...

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