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Periodical Cicada: Rounds 1 and 2

Brood VIII (Eight) of the 17-year periodical cicadas (Magicicada spp.) have made their presence known in parts of northeastern Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia. As with past brood emergences, the overall geographical distribution is spotty; however, there are localized pockets with heavy cicada activity.
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Joe Boggs

Magnolia Scale is Puffing-Up and Dripping Honeydew

Magnolia scale females are "puffing-up" and dripping copious quantities of honeydew in southwest Ohio. This native scale has a strong affinity for non-native magnolias and associated hybrids. Common hosts include star magnolia, lily magnolia, and saucer magnolia. Native magnolias are more resistant perhaps because of natural defenses that developed through a shared evolutionary history with the scale.
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Joe Boggs
Be Alert to Fletcher Scale on Baldcypress boggs.47 Sat, 06/15/2019 - 10:41
Fletcher scale is most commonly associated with yews and arborvitae; it's sometimes called "arborvitae soft scale." However, this native scale may also infest junipers, hemlock, cypress, and baldcypress. In fact, I most often find infestations on baldcypress in southern Ohio.
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Joe Boggs
Yucca Plant Bug boggs.47 Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:49
I've long admired yucca (Yucca spp., family Asparagaceae) but realize many do not share my enthusiasm for these agave cousins. Indeed, searching the web using "yucca" as the keyword yields almost as many websites offering advice on how to kill it as how to grow it.
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Joe Boggs
Are Garlic Scapes Edible...YES! jagger.6 Thu, 06/13/2019 - 11:39
Last fall I wrote a BYGL alert about planting and growing hardneck garlic. If hardneck garlic was planted last fall, garlic scapes should be appearing.
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Carri Jagger
Herbaceous Plant School at Secrest: June 27 chatfield.1 Wed, 06/12/2019 - 17:55
An Herbaceous Perennials and Annuals School ill be held at Secrest Arboretum on Thursday, June 27, featuring the stylings of Pam Bennett, OSU State Master Gardener Coordinator and Trial Gardens Guru, Matt Shultzman, the man behind Secrest's herbaceous plantings and more teachers and learned. Join us for good food, good walks and displays, and a whole lotta learnin'.
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Jim Chatfield
Pam Bennett
Erineum Patches on American Beech Leaves boggs.47 Tue, 06/11/2019 - 17:06
Felt-like eriophyid mite erineum patches are now very obvious on American beech (Fagus grandifolia) in southwest Ohio. I've long identified the culprit behind the patches as Acalitus fagerinea (family Eriophyidae). However, I'm now convinced there may be two species of eriophyids that produce erineum patches on American beech.
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Joe Boggs
Woody of the Week - Kousa Dogwood stone.91 Tue, 06/11/2019 - 15:23
The kousa dogwood (Cornus florida) is an eye catcher. This 15 - 30 foot tall tree flowers a little later in the season compared to the native flowering dogwood (Cornus florida). The flowers, including the bracts which some people call erroneously call petals, appear above the tree's foliage. I have observed the bracts holding on for weeks. The fruit will develop as the season progresses and I have observed the squirrels having a feast as they ripen. 
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Amy Stone
Veggie of the Week - Sugar Snap Peas stone.91 Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:49
If you were lucky enough to plant sugar snap peas earlier this season, you are likely enjoying the fruits of your labor. The sweet crunchy edible pods are a delicious treat for the entire family, if you can restrain yourself from eating them as fast as you are harvesting them. 
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Amy Stone
Sharpening Your Skills on Invasive Species stone.91 Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:30
It seems like invasive species are all around us. We read about them in the paper, hear about them on the television, and see information about them on the web. This one-day workshop is designed to give you an update on what is happening in the world of invasive species and how can you help. 
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Amy Stone