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John Fulton
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In The Backyard

Horticulture columns and tips done on a timely basis

To-Do List

Posted by John Fulton -

  • Keep up with, or start, foundation sprays. The common products are permethrin or bifenthrin, and apply to the foundation and adjacent foot of soil, flowers, etc. This will put down a barrier for insects such as ants and crickets.
  • Keep a good spray or dust program going on your cucumbers, pumpkins, squash, and melons. This will help control beetles that carry the wilt virus and vine borers.
  • Check tomatoes for the fungal diseases such as Septoria. If spots are on the leaves, you will need to apply a fungicide to halt the progress. Available fungicides include chloranthanil and maneb. Also, check for the leathery bottoms on tomatoes. This would be blossom end rot. This is caused by a calcium imbalance in the plant. Mulching will help even out moisture flow and addition of calcium through foliar fertilizers may help, but control will be a challenge in a drought year.

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