We Stand on the Shoulders of a Giant

The Buckeye Yard and Garden Line (BYGL) writers are sad to report the passing of Dr. Walter Timothy "Tim" Rhodus, Professor Emeritus, Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science. His extraordinary vision and expertise with applying every form of new educational outreach technology changed the way we do the BYGL.
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Jennifer Andon
Pam Bennett
Joe Boggs
Ann Chanon
Jim Chatfield
Julie Crook
Thomas deHaas
Erik Draper
Carri Jagger
Denise Johnson
Ashley Kulhanek
Jacqueline Kowalski
Francesca Peduto Hand
Joy Pierzynski, PhD
Joseph W. Rimelpsach
Mary Ann Rose
Dave Shetlar
Paul Snyder
Amy Stone
Jason Veil
Curtis E. Young

Virtual Program Reminder - April 21, 2020, 9 am, 12 pm and 3 pm

Just a quick reminder that it is horticulture day for bracket play with OSU Extension's Agriculture and Natural Resources virtual training. The sessions are FREE and open to all. Each session will be recorded and the link to the video will be made live after the session at:  https://agnr.osu.edu/events/agriculture-and-natural-resources-madness/full-bracket
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Amy Stone
Calico Scale Poo Showers Commence boggs.47@osu.edu Fri, 04/17/2020 - 17:04
Calico scale (Eulecanium cerasorum) females spend the winter as small, crusty, flattened late instar nymphs (crawlers) stuck on plant stems. They look nothing like their mature form and may be overlooked or misidentified. They first make their true identity known when they start pumping out impressive quantities of honeydew.
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Joe Boggs

Green "Ramping Up" All Over NE Ohio Forests

As I was out walking and checking our phenology sequence here in Northeast Ohio, I couldn’t avoid noting massive patches of green scattered across the forest floor.  The more closely I looked, the more I noticed it was EVERYWHERE in the woods.  Well, I couldn’t let an opportunity for some plant investigation go untouched, so I tramped off the beaten path… proclaiming social distancing rights!  I was astounded to discover that as far as the eye could see, it was Allium tricoccum (AT) or more commonly called “ramps” by foraging aficionados....

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Erik Draper

Plant More Pachysandra

Pachysandra. We should be planting more of it. Many of you reading this are repulsed by the thought of someone wanting to plant Pachysandra. And you should be. Before you close your browser I want you to know I’m talking about the good kind, Pachysandra procumbens, Allegheny Pachysandra, not the non-native species that you’re most familiar with, pachysandra terminalis, Japanese Pachysandra. Jim Chatfield mentioned Allegheny Pachysandra in a BGYL article a couple weeks ago and inspired...

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Paul Snyder

Invasive of the Week - Japanese Knotweed Popping Up

Often we take notice of invasive plants when they are most obvious - they are in bloom, have put on their yearly growth and are standing tall or maybe wide in some cases, and really can't be missed. But today, I wanted to share an early view of an invasive perennial, Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). That review includes last year's left-overs, hollow stems standling leafless. No new growth will be initiated from these above stems and soon will be masked or hidden by this year's new growth. 
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Amy Stone

Growing Degree Days, Part 3

Last month, a BYGL Alert was written as an intro or refresher to growing degree days followed by a second alert, Growing Degree Days (GDD) – Part 2, (March 16, 2020), https://bygl.osu.edu/index.php/node/1455 . And ealier this week, Joe Boggs authored a BYGL Alert, Observations on Phenology (April 13, 2020), https://bygl.osu.edu/node/1504 highlighting the sequence of plant bloom, insect activity and optimal timing for pest management. 
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Amy Stone

Seeing Coltsfoot?

From afar, COLTSFOOT (Tussilago farfara) may be confused as a dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) due to its yellow fluffy flower.  Both are herbaceous perennial members of the Asteraceae family.  Both non-native plants are thought to originate in Eurasia and are now naturalized species to North America. 

 


However, where dandelion has a deep taproot and grows a single plant (shown below)...

 

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Ashley Kulhanek