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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis
Yellowjacket

Yellowjackets

Posted by John Fulton -

With the fall festival season comes the onslaught of yellowjackets, and the calls have been rolling in to the office. Yellowjackets are beneficial insects in the sense that they pollinate plants and feed other insects and carrion (dead meat) to their larvae. Many times they will prey on insects that we identify as pests. Unfortunately, their ability to sting makes them a considerable health con...

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Minute Pirate Bug

Biting Insects This Fall

Posted by John Fulton -

First came the buffalo gnats, then mosquitoes, and still mosquitoes, and now another biting insect. During the late summer small insects, known as insidious flower bugs and minute pirate bugs, become real pests by producing painful bites on people. They are about 1/5 of an inch long with black and white markings on the back, and belong to the "true bug" family of insects. They are beneficial in...

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Pumpkin Selection and Care For Decoration

Posted by John Fulton -

This week really makes it seem like fall, and one of the favorite fall decorations is the pumpkin. As a matter of fact, pumpkins are ripening ahead of normal. It's been a challenging year with many of the diseases common in a wet season, and having a cool year as well. Following are some of the cardinal rules for selecting and keeping pumpkins, particularly with an early harvest season:...

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The Fall To-Do List

Posted by John Fulton -

It seems like fall has snuck up on us. It's been a highly variable summer, but the weather is changing. It is easiest to notice the evenings are much shorter, and we have less time to do the things we need to do in the fall. Following is a list of things to get into your schedule over the next few weeks, and in some cases not to do. Do a good job of raking up old fruit from under trees....

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Logan County Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Posted by John Fulton -

Here's a plug for the Logan County Joint Solid Waste Agency's sponsorship of a household hazardous waste collection on October 11 at the Logan County Fairgrounds. Hours are 8 to 3 rain or shine. Materials collected include household pesticides, oil-based paints, cleaning products, unwanted medications, household batteries, fluorescent lamp bulbs, motor oil, household batteries, cleaning product...

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