April 2020 is our FIRST Ohio Native Plant Month and the 50 Anniversary of Earth Day!

On July 18, 2019, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed House Bill 59 into law designating the month of April as Ohio Native Plant Month.  This legislation makes Ohio one of the first states in the country to have an entire month dedicated to our native plants!

 

The COVID-19 virus has canceled all group activities across Ohio, though there are still things you can do to participate in Ohio Native Plant Month. These activities for you and your families to share during these difficult times can be found at the following...

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Julie Crook
Crackling Boxwoods! From The X-Files? boggs.47@osu.edu Thu, 04/09/2020 - 17:14
I posted a BYGL Alert on Boxwood Leafminer (Monarthropalpus flavus) back in March noting that heavy oviposition observed last season presaged heavy leaf damage this spring. However, I neglected to report a possible odd side effect: heavily infested boxwoods going snap, crackle, pop.
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Joe Boggs
Ticked off by Ticks, Part 2 kulhanek.5 Thu, 04/09/2020 - 16:49

Tick Awareness is important.  In part 1, we covered the tick reports received that week: American Dog Tick and Deer Tick.  Today, we will dive deeper into other the other medically important tick, the Lone Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum).  While I haven't received a report of them yet this year, don't count them out.

 

LONE STAR TICK

 

The Lone Star Tick, as other ticks, is a blood-feeding, parasitic, 8-legged arthropod.  Lone Star Tick gets its name from the...

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Ashley Kulhanek

Name That Pathogen

There are many human and plant diseases. Do you know what kinds of pathogens cause a few of the more well-known infectious disease. Here are your human and plant disease quizzes for today.
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Jim Chatfield
Treemergency: Mulch Volcanos are Erupting in Landscapes! boggs.47@osu.edu Wed, 04/08/2020 - 11:53
Mulch piled around tree trunks to stratospheric heights has been called many things (some not printable) such as pyramid mulch and mountain mulch. My personal favorites are mulch volcanoes (or volcano mulch) for stratovolcano-like creations and mulch mounds for those that resemble shield volcanoes.
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Joe Boggs
The Year of Mas... Cornus Mas That Is! draper.15@osu.edu Wed, 04/08/2020 - 10:23

In Northeast Ohio, it really has been the year of the Mas… Cornus mas (CM) to be exact and colloquially known as Corneliancherry dogwood.  This bright, golden-yellow welcome burst of Spring color has been showing for a little over two weeks now!   Corneliancherry dogwood is one of the first of the new season, easily noticeable, blooming trees and is truly a harbinger of Spring.

 

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Erik Draper