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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis
Anthracnose on maple
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Leaf Problems on Shade Trees

Posted by John Fulton -

Here we go again! It seems every May many area homeowners are reporting problems with their maple trees, and this year is certainly no exception. Many times the problems begin on one side of the tree, and have the symptoms of brown or dropped leaves. What could be the problem? Well, anthracnose is back again. What's anthracnose? It's a disease caused by a fungus. It's present most years...

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Hollyhock rust
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Hollyhock Rust

Posted by John Fulton -

Hollyhocks are one of the traditional, old-fashioned flowers often grown in our area. This year, they are definitely interesting. Even before the flowers open. Most area hollyhocks are infected with rust. Rust is usually a spring and fall disease problem, when it does occur. Rust first shows up on the bottom of the lower leaves, and the top side of the leaves has some rather striking br...

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Mosquitoes, West Nile Virus, and Zika Virus

Posted by John Fulton -

West Nile Virus (WNV) has, unfortunately, become a household phrase. Add in a newer virus called Zika, and mosquito control is more important than ever. WNV harms humans, birds, and other animals. It is transmitted by infected mosquitoes, primarily the northern house mosquito for WNR, and most often is from mosquitoes feeding on infected birds. The Zika virus is transmitted from infected people...

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tomato affected by herbicide

Misshapen Leaves = Herbicide Damage

Posted by John Fulton -

If you happen to have severely misshapen leaves on plants ranging from tomatoes to red bud trees, growth regulator herbicides may be the culprits. We have seen an increase in herbicide damage this past few weeks. Particularly noticeable is damage on tomatoes and grapes. All cases I have seen, the herbicides involved have been members of the growth regulator group. This group includes products s...

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sapsucker damage on trunk
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Borers and Their Control

Posted by John Fulton -

Borer control time is coming up shortly. They are largely unseen, but cause devastating damage. Borers are most often the larvae of beetles or moths, and they do their damage where you can't see it. The eggs are laid on or under the bark, and the small hatchling chews through to the part of the tree they feed on. They spend almost their entire lives inside the tree, where they can't be seen or...

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