Gorgeous Fall Leaf Colors Dominate NE Ohio Views

Once again, almost like a fall ritual, everyone wants you to predict if it will be a good year for leaf colors and when will leaf colors change.  As always, I offer solid scientific responses to their questions…“Yes, it could be a good year for colors” and “Leaf colors will change when they are good and ready!”  So, let’s review the science as to why leaves change colors and then maybe you can forecast your own spectrum of “fall color” chances.

 

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Erik Draper
Ann Chanon

Emerald Ash Borer University Kicks-Off Fall Season of Invasive Species Topics

Emerald Ash Borer University (EABU) is a collaboration among Michigan State University, Purdue University and Ohio State University, with support from the United States Department of Agiculture's Forest Service (USDA FS). The EABU team will be offering three webinars this fall. Each program is free, but participants must register to receive the program link. Live sessions are recorded and links to the recordings are available on the Emerald Ash Borer University website at: http://www.emeraldashborer.info/
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Amy Stone

Weather Experts Are Cautioning Our First Frost (Freeze) May Arrive This Weekend

The calendar has turned to October, and with it, harvest and fall activities will accelerate over the next few weeks. We have already experienced a few chilly nights this past week with patchy frost in some areas, but when do we typically see our first freeze conditions? This first (last) official freeze is defined as the first fall (spring) day where the overnight low reaches 32°F.
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Amy Stone

Plant of the Week - Pokeweed

A weed, or not a weed? Pokeweed (Phytolacca americana) is a native herbaceous perennial that can grow 4 to 9 feet tall. It is considered to be an agressive plant by some because of its ability to self-seed and become weedy in nature. While an adaptable type of plant, it does prefer a medium moisture, well drained site in full sun to partial shade. It does prefer and will perform better in a consistently moist soil, it can tolerate short periods of drought.
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Amy Stone
Curtis E. Young