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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

Broadleaf Weed Control for Lawns

Posted by John Fulton -

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. Usual timing is the first week of May in our area. The...

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Fruit Tree Spray Reminders

Posted by John Fulton -

There are a few fruit tree spray reminders for this time of the year. If trees are blooming, no insecticides should be applied. If you didn't get the spray on just before bloom, you can use a straight fungicide such as captan. The next regular spray with an insecticide and a fungicide (or multipurpose fruit spray) is at 75% petal fall for apples and pears, and when husks being to split and pull aw...

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Logan County Master Gardener Plant Sale Scheduled for 2015

Posted by John Fulton -

The Logan County Master Gardeners annual plant sale is Saturday, May 16, from 9 – 11 a.m. (note the time change) at the Logan County Fairgrounds exhibition buildings. They are working hard to get ready, so save the date if you have an interest in attending....

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Crabgrass Germination Has Begun

Posted by John Fulton -

The forsythia in the area has been blooming for a week or two now. This coincides with soil temperatures where crabgrass germination starts to occur. Crabgrass germinates over a long period during the spring and summer, so germination inhibitors applied now would still be useful. However, you've most likely missed the first flush of germinating seeds. If you have missed some early germi...

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Asian Ladybugs, Millipedes, and Box Elder Bugs and keeping them from the home

Posted by John Fulton -

As we get warm spells, we will have the usual "nuisance pests" appear. These include millipedes, Asian ladybugs, ant swarms, box elder bugs, and elm leaf beetles to name a few. Throw in some migrating millipedes, and you can have a real inconvenience. Together they are called nuisance pests because that is what they are. Very few will do any damage to anything, they just cause that feeling of d...

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Effects of Frost

Posted by John Fulton -

There has been much concern about recent frost and the potential damage to several crops. We do have to remember it is still April, and the last spring frost date with some certainty is about May 7 in our area. In general terms, it usually takes temperatures below 28 degrees to really affect fruit crops, rhubarb, etc. If you had tomatoes out early on a gamble, then you may have lost that bet....

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Early Season Lawn Weeds

Posted by John Fulton -

Each year, the winter annual weeds chickweed and henbit run number one and two in the early spring. This year, it seems the henbit has once again regained the number one spot. Winter annual weeds can actually germinate in the fall, carry through the winter, then get going very early in the spring. They also are done by the heat of the summer, leaving seed to germinate again later in the fall. R...

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Fairy Rings, Mushrooms, and Toadstools

Posted by John Fulton -

Throughout the year I get several calls and samples brought in dealing with puffballs or toadstools. Even this early in the season, we have had calls about dark green grass in rings that kind of looks like a target pattern. These rings are called fairy rings, and they frequently have the puffballs or toadstools growing in the area. Fairy rings are caused by a fungus that is in the soil....

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