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Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest; A Guide for Residential & Commercial Properties - by Scott A. Zanon and Garden-pedia - by Pamela Bennett and Maria Zampini


Since 2012, Dr. Wonsuk Lee and several other representatives from the GyeongGi-do Agriculture Research and Extension Service have been exploring models for a volunteer outreach program that would focus on urban agriculture. After attending several U.S. Extension Master Gardener conferences, Dr. Lee and his colleagues selected the U. S. model to be used to develop their Master Gardener program.


One of the vivid discussions during BYGL was how was everyone enjoying the fall colors. Curtis Young, in Van Wert County (NW Ohio) said that they have not yet experienced a frost and a number of trees are still very green! Meanwhile, Erik Draper reported in Geauga County a killing frost occurred in NE Ohio this past Sunday morning.


This is the first of two October book reviews in BYGL. Stay tuned for the next BYGL for a review of Scott Zanon's new "Landscaping with Trees in the Midwest", but for this edition, let's feature a new, truly artful book about flowers. The book is "Delira and Excira: Visions of the Flowers of Spring" by the Akron-area artist and photographer, Stephen Tomasko.


The second annual "ArborEatum" program was held at the OSU Secrest Arboretum at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster this past Wednesday evening, October 8, 2014. We had a great arboretum walkabout sighting pawpaws, 'Viking' black chokeberry and Kousa dogwood fruits (all edibles).


When we think of fall, many of us think of a time for changing leaves, cool temperatures, pumpkins on doorsteps, and Halloween. We likely do not, but we should be thinking about deer-vehicle collisions! Of all the months in the year, October and November are on record as having the highest number of deer-vehicle accidents. In 2013, deer-vehicle collisions totaled 20,201, a slight drop from 2012 in which there were 20,996 deer-vehicle accidents.


Earthworms have been touted as great assets to the garden for many years. Worms aerate the soil, which provides pore space for water, oxygen, and soil microbes. These critters also consume organic material, converting its nutrients into plant-usable nutrient forms. It's no wonder why gardeners and farmers alike appreciate worms in the landscape.


Amy Stone and Joe Boggs dashed hopes that harsh conditions this past winter put the kibosh on kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) in Ohio by reporting "the vine that ate the south" is continuing to chomp on The Buckeye State. Evidence that cold winter temperatures may not limit the northern spread of kudzu was provided in 2009 when a thriving infestation was found in Leamington, Ontario, CAN, growing on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie; the location was about 19 miles southeast of Windsor.


Several BYGLers reported that the normal inner needle yellowing of conifers is becoming noticeable, particularly on white pine. The discolored needles will soon detach and drop. This annual fall event is more dramatic some years compared to others spawning calls to Extension offices from concerned land owners asking "what's wrong with my pine trees?"


Erik Draper reported on a learning experience with a plant sample, which was 2 years old, 7 - 8" tall and 1.75" caliper, that was dropped off at the office to be identified. The plant was one that piqued Erik's interest as he walked by the sample, because it was not immediately recognizable as a typical landscape plant.


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