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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
fall tree color

What Makes Tree Leaves Change Colors in the Fall?

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It's fall leaf time again, and those interested in the phenomenon of fall leaf color should be happy with the fall colors we achieve this year. In a few short weeks, we'll be entering the peak color period for this season. Frost is often credited with causing the great fall colors, but it actually kills leaves producing dull earth tone colors. Bright fall colors are caused by chemical reactions...

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Tree Decline

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When the entire tree looks like it is dieing, the injury, disease, or insect logically must be affecting the trunk or the roots. These areas would cut off the water supply to the entire tree. Look at the entire tree and compare it to nearby trees. Also consider when the problem started and what changed on the site about that same time. Healthy trees don't suddenly die because they are old. Many...

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More on Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

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After last week's short piece on planting spring flowering bulbs, here is a bit more instruction. Spring bulbs may be planted through October. When purchasing bulbs, the bigger the bulb the more expense, but the greater the flower bloom size. Daffodil bulbs sometimes have two bulbs together. Double bulbs may be pulled apart before planting. Spring flowering bulbs generally need well drained soil,...

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The Fall To-Do List

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Fall seems to be bearing down on us. The warm days and cooler nights definitely bring to mind the seasons are changing. The dog day cicadas are even predicting frost the second week of October (which is an average date), based on the old saying of six weeks after they start singing. This week's offering will cover many short topics with reminders, alerts, and the to-do list. Lawn work c...

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minute pirate bug

More Biting Insect Problems - the Minute Pirate Bug

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Just when you thought the mosquito population was beginning to dwindle, another biting insect has appeared in the past week. A few painful bites coming from seemingly nowhere is the first indication. Wearing a white shirt, and spotting the marking on the wings is usually the second. During the late summer and early fall small insects, known as insidious flower bugs and minute pirate bugs, becom...

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Pumpkin

Harvesting and Caring for Decorative Pumpkins

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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 late summer attack of downy mildew. Following are some of the cardinal rules for selecting and keeping pumpkins, particularly with an early harves...

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The Fall Garden

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It doesn't seem possible to think about fall, let alone a fall garden, after this period of heat and humidity, with very little moisture. However, if you are interested in planting a fall garden, the time is upon us. Many of the commonly grown fall crops require about 50 days before harvest, and this group includes beets, kohlrabi, green beans, Swiss chard, turnips, and transplants of broccoli,...

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Cicada Killer Wasp

The Large Cicada Killer Wasp Returns

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With lower numbers than some years, and a later appearance than normal, the cicada killer wasps have returned! They are actually considered beneficial insects because they control cicadas. This wasp gets its common name due to the fact that it hunts and supplies its nest chambers with a cicada or other large insect such as a katydid, which becomes a food source for the young cicada killer. Cica...

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