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Yard Facts

Time for Fall Vegetable Planting

Its time to begin thinking of fall vegetables. Seeds for fall crops of broccoli and cauliflower should be sown in containers by the 3rd to 4th week in July. Late crops of squash, beans and cucumbers can be direct sown through the end of July.

Two week old Broccoli Sprouts

Emerald Ash Borer

Scientific name: Agrilus planipennis

Description: Adults are roughly 3/8 to 5/8 inch long with metallic green wing covers and a copperty red purple abdomen.

Host: Ash Tree -Fraxinus SP.

Symptoms: Larvae feed in the phloem and outer sapwood,producing galleries that eventually girdle and kill branches and entire tree. Adult bettle leave distinctive D-shape exit holes in the outer bark of the branches trucnk.


Scientific name: Plantago major

Description: is a perennial plant that grows best in moist areas with full sun or partial shade and compacted soil. Its fibrous root system is primarily found in the top 18 inches of soil. The smooth, oval leaf blades are 2 to 6 inches in length with five to seven ribs that parallel the leaf margins. The leaf veins converge at the base into a broad petiole (leaf stem) that may be up to 5 inches in length. The upright flower stalk terminates in a long cylindrical spike head that may be 2 to 6 inches in length. Seeds are small (1/16 inch in diameter), reddish brown, and angular.

Crab Grass

Description: A low-growing, summer annual that spreads by seed and from rootings of the joints (culm nodes) that lie on the soil. It dies with the first frost in the fall. Unmowed, it will grow upright to about 6 inches, but even if you mow it as short as 1/4 inch, it still can produce seed.

White Clover

Scientific name: Trifolium repends

Description:White clover, found throughout the United States, is a shallow rooted winter perennial legume which spreads by stolons or above ground runners. The plant takes root from the stolons at nodes along the stems when they come in contact with the soil. The white clover plant has compound leaves divided into three leaflets which are all joined at a central point and originate at the nodes along the stems. Leaves may contain a white 'watermark'. White clover is adapted to many soils but tends to grow best in soils that are moist and low in nitrogen. The flowers are an aggregate of 20 - 40 individual flowers. They are white in color, although some have a slight pink tint. White clover flowers from May through September.

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