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Billbugs Have Arrived - Don't Mistake Their Damage for Drought!

Billbugs are officially being spotted in lawns and turf throughout the Ohio area! Now is the time to starting taking action against these pests. Billbugs are weevils that commonly infest high-cut turf. They are typically found infesting Kentucky Bluegrass, but have been found infesting Perennial Ryegrass and Tall Fescues as well.The damage caused by billbugs resembles that of drought stress. This causes issue because, all too often, it is misdiagnosed as drought damage and no precautions are taken to rid the infested lawn of these pests – often leading to death of the turf plant. The damage to turf is caused by the larval stage of this pest, as they burrow down through the grass stem toward the crown and roots. Destruction of turf crowns, especially during periods of drought, will kill the entire grass plant.…See More
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Plant Identification

This plant/tree/bush popped up in my flower bed, I don't exactly want to get rid of it, since I can't get much to grow in this shady cornerSee More
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What Plant AM I? for April 22nd of 2017

What Plant AM I?I am easy to grow plant in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. I prefer moist, organically rich, acidic soils in part shade. I will benefit from a 2-4” mulch which will help keep roots cool and moist in summer.I am small deciduous tree that typically grows 15-30’ tall with a low-branching, broadly-pyramidal but somewhat flat-topped habit. I am a arguably may be the most beautiful of the native American flowering trees. I am native from Maine to southern Ontario to Illinois to Kansas south to Florida, Texas and Mexico. I am the state tree of many states.True flowers of me are actually tiny, yellowish green and insignificant, being compacted into button-like clusters.However, each of my flower clusters is surrounded by four showy, white, petal-like bracts which open flat, giving the appearance of a single, large, 3-4” diameter, 4-petaled, white flower. I have oval, dark green leaves (3-6” long) turn attractive shades of red in fall.I…See More
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PICK THE PERFECT PLANT - LILACS!!!

Spring is well under way and the amazing scent of lilacs is in the air! The genus, Syringa, is large with several species and hybrids; ranging from tree form types to smaller stature mounded habits. Lilacs bloom from early mid spring into summer depending on species; and some will repeat bloom in the as temperatures cool in early fall. The color palette ranges from white through pinks, lavender and purple, and even a few yellow tones. While all have some fragrance, the Common Lilacs, Syringa vulgaris, and the multiple hybrids are perhaps the most notable and popular for their aroma. They are relatively pest free, reasonably easy to grow and maintain, and fill many niches in the landscape. For the sake of brevity (?), I will focus on just the Common Lilacs and some of my favorite varieties.Common Lilacs are easily grown in well drained, medium moisture soils with a slightly acid to alkaline pH range, around 6.5 to 7.5 Old garden lore often suggests the use of well composted cow manure…See More
Apr 22
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Invasive Species and the Effect on Native Fauna

Invasive species of plants damage more than just the landscape. They have a major effect on the native insects, birds and animals that also call the Miami Valley home. Do you ever wonder why certain plants are insect resistant? What is the value that insects bring in our daily lives? Why is it important to have a healthy and diverse landscape? I am looking forward to discussing these ideas with Mark tomorrow morning!
Apr 21
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Crayfish in Turfgrass

The heavy rains throughout much of Ohio have created ideal conditions for crayfish to be more of a problem in turf. Crayfish have gills that require constant moisture. Rainy nights and standing water allow the migration of these insect relatives across land to new locations.(crayfish chimney in turfgrass)Crayfish become a nuisance in turfgrass when they burrow in high moisture soil, creating chimneys at the burrow openings. These chimneys, made of balls of clay soil that bake in the sun, become very hard. Hitting them with a mower dulls the blades and may even kill the mower's engine. The crayfish commonly emerge at night to roam about the turf.Crayfish are 10-legged crustaceans in the order Decapoda. Lobsters, shrimp, and crabs are in the same order. Crayfish are frequently referred to as crawfish and crawdads.…See More
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David Miller is now a member of Mark Webber's Garden Talk Blog
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Doug Spreher commented on Mark Webber's blog post Another go at the grass-growing process
"I'm no expert Mark, but the neighbor's tree across the street next to the light pole doesn't look too health to me."
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"Mark Any idea where I can find a Bald Cypress tree variety Shawnee Brave close by in Dayton area? Thanks"
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Crayfish in Turfgrass

Posted by randy tischer on April 21, 2017 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

HOLIDAY FLOWERS

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It's Time For A Garden Party!

Posted by John m Scott on April 7, 2017 at 5:07pm 0 Comments

The Spurge of My Existence

Posted by John m Scott on March 31, 2017 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

What Plant AM I?

Posted by Mark Webber on March 25, 2017 at 6:04am 0 Comments

GROUNDCOVERS!

Posted by Richmond Pearson on March 25, 2017 at 5:44am 0 Comments

SPRING IS HERE!

Posted by Richmond Pearson on March 18, 2017 at 5:45am 0 Comments

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