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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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Swarming and Biting Gnats Have Returned

Posted by John Fulton -

Spending some time outside over the weekend and early in the week, it seems the dreaded gnats have returned, and at least some of these are the early buffalo gnat populations. 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 hits about 75 degrees. They will also t...

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Master Gardeners participate in many activities throughout the year.

2016 Logan County Master Gardener Plant Sale

Posted by John Fulton -

The 15 th annual plant sale by the Logan County Master Gardeners is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. It will be from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. in the Logan County Special Event Building (located across from the Fair Secretary's Office on the South end of the fairgrounds). Types of plants for sale include perennials, annuals, heirloom tomatoes, peppers, ornamental grasses, houseplants, an...

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early apple scab lesion

Tree Leaf Diseases

Posted by John Fulton -

One of the normal scourges of spring has hit us again. This is the group of fungi collectively known as leaf spot fungi. Common ones include anthracnose and apple scab. Anthracnose starts as dead leaf areas between leaf veins, or on the tips of leaves. When severe enough, leaves will fall. Several of the infected trees have actually had the leaves turn completely black already. It is much more...

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Multi-colored Asian Ladybeetle

Multi-colored Asian Ladybugs

Posted by John Fulton -

With our first dose of really warm weather, an old nemesis has returned over the past week. The Asian ladybugs were out in force last weekend. Each day we get a little bit of sun, or slightly warmer temperatures, we have a few more break dormancy and find their way into your coffee cup or inside the shade of your reading light. We had a late buildup of the adult beetles last fall, mainl...

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Broadleaf Weed Control in 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, howe...

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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, and it's gotten more difficult to give growth stage with the weather ups and downs. 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 spra...

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Freeze Damage on Rhubarb, Apples, and other fruits

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A little bit of warm weather spurred some growth in many of our perennials. Then a hard freeze comes along and some of our plants may need some special care. Of course we can expect some fruit reduction in cases where severe frost or freezing catch trees in the tender bloom and early fruit set stages. Book figures are about a 10% reduction in apples at full bloom with a temperature of 2...

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frozen daffodils

Freeze Damage on Landscape Perennials

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"Wait and see" is the best advice concerning perennials subjected to the freezing temperatures of the last week. Temperatures below 25 degrees are generally regarded as harmful to budding and blooming plants. Temperatures of about 18 degrees are more damaging. We were right in the 25 degree range overnight. Exposed flowers such as daffodils and tulips definitely took a hit. The blooms e...

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