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Tomato Mulching

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Tomatoes will grow the best if they are provided with readily available and even moisture. One way to accomplish this is to apply a mulch to the tomatoes. Mulch establishes a physical barrier between the soil surface and the direct rays of the sun. This will prevent excessive evaporation of moisture from the soil surface…

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Fertilizing Annuals

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Today’s summer flowering annuals have been bred to produce blossoms over an extended period of time. Because of this, if can be very beneficial to provide additional fertilizer throughout the growing season. This can be done either by the application of liquid fertilizer or by sidedressing plants with granular fertilizer. Sidedressing is simply adding fertilizer…

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Lawn Mowing Height

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Most individuals mow their lawns when it gets “too high” or when it starts looking shaggy.  Have you ever wondered how to determine the best to mow the lawn?  Ideally the lawn gets mowed when no more than one third of the grass blade will be removed.  This means that if your lawn mower is…

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Poison Ivy

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Poison ivy, Toxicodendron radicans,  is a real-life Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  It can be a very attractive vine, especially with its orange and red fall coloration, and its seeds are a food source for birds.  However, most people are quite allergic to it and can develop a very serious rash if they come in…

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Aphids on Roses

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Rose blossoms are beginning, although somewhat late this year, to open. Along with the beautiful blossoms are sure to be aphids.Roses can be the host for a number of different aphids such as the potato aphid and the cotton aphid.The most common aphid that feeds on roses is, quite appropriately, the rose aphid.This aphid is…

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Ants in the Home

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The warming days of spring are often accompanied by ants in the home. According to Kansas State University, a few “scout” ants search for food and water, and once finding it, they will lay down a chemical trail to show others the way. If you can trace the ants back to a nest, control is…

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House Plant “Vacation”

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You might want to consider having your house plants go on a vacation once the weather warms up for good, night temperatures consistently above 55 degrees. It is often a real refreshing house plant pick-me-up for them after a long season of in-house low light levels. An area with dappled shade generally is most beneficial,…

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Carpenter Bees

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Have you seen or been bothered by large “bumble bees” flying around your house or getting rather up close and personal lately?  The correct identity of these bees is the carpenter bee, the largest bee native to the U.S.  It looks very much like a bumble bee but the carpenter bee has a bare abdomen…

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Bagworms

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Bagworms are an insect pest that can be reasonably well controlled with simple handpicking. Now is the time to look for and remove these insects, while they are still in the bag. Use hand pruners or scissors to snip off the bags as they are held quite tightly to branches and stems and pulling or…

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Henbit and Purple Deadnettle

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Henbit and Purple Deadnettle You may be starting to see plants with small pink/purple flowers beginning to blossom in lawns and flower beds.  Henbit, Lamium amplexicaule, is a winter annual from Eurasia and North Africa. As a member of the Mint Family, it has squares stems – a good identification characteristic along with it early…

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