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Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis
Septoria Leaf Blight on Tomato
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Tomato Diseases

Posted by John Fulton -

It seems like the tomato is the one plant that just about everybody tries to grow. Some people grow large amounts, while others plant one or two in containers. At any rate, the calls and samples have started coming in to the office with the recent swings in weather. Most of the samples have spots, brown leaves, and dropping leaves, or all of the above. Several diseases hit tomatoes, but two of...

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American Dog Tick
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Posted by John Fulton -

Tick numbers seem to be off the chart again this year. Anyone who has been out in tall grass or wooded areas can probably attest to that. Probably, the frequent spring rains in much of the state have provided the high moisture and humidity that ticks need. Ticks are large, flattened mites that feed as parasites on mammals, birds and reptiles. They hatch from eggs into six-legged larvae that loc...

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Minute Pirate Bug

Biting Insects - Minute Pirate Bug

Posted by John Fulton -

They're back, and almost a month earlier than normal. During the late summer small insects, known as insidious flower bugs and minute pirate bugs, become real pests by producing painful bites on people. They are about 1/5 of an inch long with black and white markings on the back. They are beneficial insects most of the time while feeding on small insects and their eggs. They are present...

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Lawn Rust

Posted by John Fulton -

This week, I noticed the first patch of rust in the lawn. This happened to be on an area with some sand underneath, but the problem is at hand. Rust appears as an orange or yellowish-orange powder (spores) on grass leaf blades, especially in late summer to early fall when the weather is dry. Rust typically develops on lawns growing very slowly. Overall, the turf may assume a yellow, red, or bro...

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