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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
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Asian Lady Beetles and Boxelder Bugs

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Cooler weather seems to be us to stay. With the cool weather, we have quite a few insects that are looking for a warm place to be - or at least a nice, warm place for the afternoon. This past week, there were numerous Asian lady beetles and boxelder bugs out an about. A nice, sunny location drew quite a crowd. That's the thing about this time of year. Whenever we have a brief warm spell, or eve...

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Woolly Bear Caterpillar

Natural and Folklore Predictors of Winter Weather

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The hard freeze of last weekend ended the growing season for unprotected plants. Protected meant really protected, not just covered with a sheet. Well, guess what season is coming our way. The National Weather Service has issued its weather forecast for the coming winter. It looks like the predictions, flavored by the strong El NiƱo, show our area to have an above average chance of warmer weath...

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Fall Care of Peonies

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Peonies are one of those "plant it and forget it" flowers. Many haven't been bothered for over 50 years, and still going strong. As with most plants, crowding can occur, and the time to dig and divide is late September through October. Peonies do best in soils with a slightly acid to neutral pH. The best time to add lime, if needed, is when you dig the plants. When dividing, make sure y...

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Older pine needles ready to drop off white pine.

White Pine Trees With Brown Needles

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Brown needles happen on pine trees, and other evergreens, all the time. Of course, some times are more striking than others. Is this a bad thing? It all depends. To begin with, evergreens only keep one to four years of green growth toward the tips of the branches. The number of years is dependent on weather conditions, the health of the tree, and the species. Needles toward the trunk of the tre...

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Loose Bark and Tree Trunk Damage

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Many have been complaining about loose bark on tree trunks and limbs. First off, bark is dead. It is a protective covering, but not necessarily essential to the livelihood of your tree. As tree trunks and limbs grow, they naturally shed bark and new bark is formed. Usually this is in small pieces that don't grab your attention, but as an example sycamore trees tend to shed bark in large strips....

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What To Do With Leaves in the Fall

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Last week I covered what makes leaves "turn" colors. The leaves have begun dropping in steady numbers, only to increase as the weeks go by. This brings up one of those age old questions "What do I do with all those leaves?" The simple answer is to give you three options: leave them (no pun intended), remove them, or chop them up. If you decide to let nature take its course, letting leav...

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