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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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It's Time For Fall Leaf Color Again!

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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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Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs

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Spring bulbs may be planted through October. Particularly for tulips, waiting a bit longer (some say after a frost and others say when soil temperatures are under 60 degrees) might be a good idea because of the aggressive growth pattern of tulips. They will try to grow right away if it is too warm, and then the green foliage will freeze off when it does turn cold. This phenomenon isn't usually...

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Emerald Ash Borer Update

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The Illinois Department of Agriculture deregulated Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) as an insect, and lifted restrictions on movement within the state of firewood and other wood products which might contain the borer. This was due to the number of counties with confirmations of EAB, and the continuing spread of the insect. Twenty-nine counties have been confirmed from 2014 to present. The Illino...

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Transplanting Trees

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Today I'll attempt to give you a brief outline of transplanting trees. The best time is during dormancy, meaning deciduous trees have lost their leaves. Or, get as close to the dormancy period as you can. Evergreens are never really dormant, so early spring or fall (by the end of October to allow for root growth) are the best times as well for them. Of course, fall close-out sales – and a 12 mo...

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Pumpkin Tips

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Like many things, the pumpkins seem to be ready a bit early this year. Stores have them prominently displayed for fall decoration, and having harvested a few at home this past week, it's probably time for the annual pumpkin tips. If you are growing your own, make sure you watch your pumpkins and squash as you harvest them. Here are some rules for selecting pumpkins: Choose a...

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Red Maples Turning Red Early? Could be Potato Leafhopper Damage

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The effects of the potato leafhopper on ornamental shade trees are very striking at this time – particularly on red maples. The red maples are among the most severely injured trees by the leafhopper. Other trees affected include oaks, other maples, red mulberry, red bud, cottonwood, birch, apple, dogwood, hawthorn, euonymus, black locust, and cherry. Infection most likely began in May and June,...

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The Fall To Do List

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It seems like fall is sneaking up on us. It's been a highly variable summer, but the weather is changing. It is easiest to notice the evenings are much shorter, and we have less time to do the things we need to do in the fall. Following is a list of things to get into your schedule over the next few weeks, and in some cases not to do. Do a good job of raking up old fruit from under tree...

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