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No Asian Hornets in the U.S. boggs.47 Tue, 08/28/2018 - 17:04
When you read or hear about "Asian hornets," you need to keep two things in mind. First, the "Asian" moniker has been commonly applied to at least three hornet species native to various Asian regions. The second thing to remember is that none of these hornets have been found living in the U.S.
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Joe Boggs
Invasive Plant Species Alert - Japanese Stiltgrass meyer.842 Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:49
Japanese stiltgrass was not on my radar until a recent visit to a local park. It had piqued my interest because of the plants lushness beneath a full canopy of trees. My first thought was, what is this grass that could be a recommendation for shady sights? My excitement quickly waned because our hosts explained that the annual grass unfortunately, is an invasive species.
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Cindy Meyer
Broom of the Week; 'Cody's Feathers' Baldcypress chatfield.1 Mon, 08/27/2018 - 10:35
Witch's Brooms of Conifers result in many dwarf or at least smaller than usual forms. 'Cody's Feathers' baldcypress is one example, a more rounded, dense, shorter form of baldcypress than the usual species exhibits.
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Jim Chatfield
Jason Veil
Eastern Filbert Blight on Hazelnut stone.91 Fri, 08/24/2018 - 22:38
Eastern filbert blight is a disease of filbert and hazelnut trees (Corylus spp.). It is caused by a native fungus. In a natural setting, filbert blight causes a relatively minor disease on native American hazelnut shrubs (Corylus americana) causing small cankers on the stems and branches. However, the disease is lethal to introduced and commercially important European hazelnut (Corylus avellana) in orchards.
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Amy Stone
Annual of the Week - Cotton stone.91 Fri, 08/24/2018 - 18:23
This interesting annual caught my attention earlier in the season, and it just kept getting better and better.  As the cotton plant grows, it can be quite the conversation piece. It can be planted in the ground or in containers. It prefers poor and dry soil conditions. The planting at Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG) is a mass planting in the Artist Village where the cotton will be harvested and utilized by local artists. The plants are approximately 4 feet tall.
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Amy Stone
Bagworms are Wrapping Up boggs.47 Fri, 08/24/2018 - 17:02
Most of the Common Bagworms I looked at yesterday in southern Ohio and central Indiana had initiated their annual "tie-off" in preparation for pupation. Bags are tightly closed and tied with silk to a twig or other anchorage point. This means the damage caused by these caterpillars wrapped in silk bags festooned with host plant debris is drawing to a close.
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Joe Boggs
Diagnostics: Coloring Outside The Lines chatfield.1 Fri, 08/24/2018 - 14:21
Plant Problem Diagnostics is ever a challenge, a delightful challenge that encompasses a vast array of the diversity of nature. Let us look at some of the colorful examples seen this past week as we lead up to the 85th Ohio Plant Diagnostic Workshop on September 7.
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Jim Chatfield
Joe Boggs
The Best Herbaceous Plants for My Garden Are... draper.15 Thu, 08/23/2018 - 15:49

Have you been thinking about renovating your flower garden?  Trying to decide which perennial and annual flowers would grow best in your garden?   Well, guess no longer!  Come spend a day with Pam Bennett, OSU Extension Horticulture Educator, and find out for yourself.  In Clark County, Pam and her volunteers specialize in herbaceous ornamental plant trials and evaluate more than 200 varieties of annuals and two genera of ornamental grasses yearly!

 

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Erik Draper
Slime Mold on Turfgrass stone.91 Wed, 08/22/2018 - 18:37
Slime molds can be found on all types of turfgrasses – from cultivars chosen for lawns to weedy grasses that pop up in places were regular maintenance just isn’t regular. Slime molds are usually more noticeable following extended periods of leaf wetness. With recent rains experienced in NW Ohio, people have been asking "what is going on in my lawn?"
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Amy Stone
Teach Your Children Well...About Trees chatfield.1 Tue, 08/21/2018 - 07:59
In 1927 Edmund Secrest encouraged each child within us to learnabout our common trees. The message stands for us still today.
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Jim Chatfield