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Garden Spider

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Have you accidentally walked into a large sticky spider web recently? Or, have you seen a large yellow and black spider weaving an elaborate web somewhere in your garden or yard? Getting a web across the face is an uncomfortable inconvenience, but the spider is considered beneficial as it feeds on various insects and provides…

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Buttonweed

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This is the time of year that a weed, which has been there all along in your lawn, really becomes apparent.  It is Virginia buttonweed,  Diodia virginiana.  The leaves are 3/4” to 1 ½ ” long and the flowers look like small, four pointed stars.  Some of the leaves may be yellowed.  This is caused…

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Basil Plant

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Basil Plants Are your basil plants healthy and still producing dark green leaves for seasoning your food and making pesto? Or are they rather weak looking with yellowing leaves? If the former, be thankful and hope that they continue their good growth. If the latter, you are most likely experiencing a relatively new pest –…

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American Pokeweed

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American Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana August 2014 Have you come across a tall plant with large leaves and purple-black berries that hang in a clusters almost like grapes? It is American Pokeweed, Phytolacca americana. Pokeweed, which is native to the Eastern US, is an herbaceous perennial that can grow up to ten feet high, almost appearing…

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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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