July 14, 2016
Host Richard Hentschel dissuses the potential need for grub control in home lawns this year. We have had adequate soil moisture and green lawns, yet popultions of the adult beetles have been down since the drought of 2012. Fewer grubs will mean no management practices will will be needed. Treatments may be warranted if there are more than 1-12 grubs per square foot in the lawn.
July 7, 2016
Richard Hentschel talks about recent rains. Rains or watering is needed at critical times in the vegetable garden. Good moisture is needed for pod fill, fruit development and corn silking and tasseling.
Suckers and water spouts are also showing up in the home landscape, especially on ornamental flowering crabapples. Pruning back certain perennial flowers and veggies should be avoided until foliage dies down naturally.
June 30, 2016
Host Richard Hentschel discusses several areas in the home landscape. Lots of our annuals and newly planted perennials have not established the expected root systems with all the rain earlier and are looking a bit lackluster. Lawns have had mushrooms growing in them. This can be a natural event as the thatch layer decays. What also has been showing up are the mushrooms from decaying roots of the ash trees. Bagworms are active right now and while small, can be handpicked.
June 23, 2016
Richard Hentschel, host of Green Side Up discusses the severe decline of Austrian Pines due to the kind of weather we have had this spring. Diplodia tip blight favors stressed and older plants. The disease has gotten a lot stronger as trees have remained stressed since the drought of 2012. Treatments are available, yet trees will need 3 sprays each spring and good sanitation to help the pines recover.
June 16, 2016
Host Richard Hentschel discusses several insects currently in the home landscape. scale insects are active right now on several kinds of plants. The black sooty mold seen as a reslut of the sticky sap dripping down from the scale feeding. gall forming insects are also showing up as those galls have enlarged in size or a change in color is happening. Black Knot of plum is also been reported. Large swollen growth along the stems and branches has been apparent recently too.
June 9, 2016
Home Orchards can be very rewarding but take a lot of work, including a very routine schedule of sprays to protect the young developing fruits and leaves against both foliar and fruit diseases and insects that can damage our fruits and eat the leaves. Cedar Apple Rust and Apple scab are the two main diseases and insects like the Apple Maggot and Codling Moth. Most home orchardists with use a combination product containing control material for diseases and insects. Other tasks include doing any needed fruit thinning to allow fewer apples to mature. This also will promote annual flowering and bearing.
June 2, 2016
Dealing with our spring blooming bulbs the right way an be rewarding with better or more blooms in 2017. Foliage should be leaf intact until the bulb has naturally died down. If you are going to cut some foliage off, limit that to about 1/3 of the levels. Spring is also a great to time to feed your bulbs with mulches of organic matter. We should never tie or braid the leaves together. Bed layout will also help us to hide the fading leaves with plantings in front of the bulbs.
May 26, 2016
Mowing and lawn care can be a real challenge with our cooler, wetter weather. Lawns are growing very strong right now. Mowing more frequently is easy to say than do when we are having lots of rain. Mowing and removing no more than 1/3 of the grass blade is the goal. Mowing more often also lets us leave the clippings on the lawn. Moving the mower deck a notch or two can help us maintain the 1/3 rule if the lawn gets away from us. Sharp blades is just another easy why to keep the lawn look a lot better
May 19, 2016
How your trees are bought at the retail nurseries and Garden Centers can make a difference on how they are planted and cared for. Smaller trees can often be found as a potted plant where the plants entire root system is in that pot. Larger trees are often hand dug or machine dug and called balled and burlaped. The last two have a portion of their root system is left behind when dug. The planting hole can be as important as the condition of the tree itself. Planting holes should be not deeper the soil in a pot or the fair roots of a balled and burlaped tree.
May 12, 2016
May is a great month to be planting trees. Replacing trees lost from the Emerald Ash borer or from the drought of 2012. Placement in the home landscape is a good place to begin, soil types, soil drainage and the sun shade pattern provided by the tree itself as well as the sun shade pattern from the sun and buildings should be taken into account. Tree canopy shape is another consideration for both summer and winter interest.