Time for Peony Clean-Up

Garden Peonies (Paeonia spp.) have been used in Ohio landscapes for a long time. It's not unusual to find clumps of these non-natives growing where old homes once stood. However, this old group of perennial flowering plants has seen a resurgence in recent years.
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Joe Boggs

Orb Weavers in the Morning Dew

There are almost 60 species of orb weaver spiders (family Araneidae) in Ohio. They capture and kill insects making them an important pest management bio-ally. This is the time of the year when the females of many species have reached their maximum size. Their gossamer creations are made even more noticeable if cloaked in morning dew.
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Joe Boggs

Tis the Season... For Fresh Picked Apples!

I love this time of year in Northeast Ohio because it is apple picking time!  Just a little over a week ago, the customer favorite ‘Honeycrisp’ apples were being picked and sorted.  Due to the May 25th & 27th freeze/frost events creating light to non-existent crops, the ‘Gala’, ‘Jonamac’, ‘Holiday’ and ‘Macintosh’ apples were quickly picked in the previous three weeks.  I’m looking forward to tasting the purplish-burgundy colored ‘Macoun’ apples with their brilliant white flesh and unique flavor.

 

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Erik Draper

The Trouble with Tribbles

Last year, on October 1st, I posted a BYGL Alert about small, fuzzy, reddish-brown to deep-red galls appearing on oaks in northern Ohio. The sheer number of the fuzzy oak leaf galls last year coupled with their alien appearance drew the attention of landowners as well as the news media once the galls started detaching from the oak leaves to rain down on sidewalks, decks, and parked cars.
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Joe Boggs

Turfgrass Times, 09.24.2021

Check out the latest edition of the OSU's Turfgrass Team's Turfgrass Times. Kudos to Dr. Ed Nangle and Dr. Dave Gardner on this week's video as this year winds down. Tune in to learn more about a weed to be on the look out for - Virginia buttonweed, and management of wild voilets and ground ivy.
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Amy Stone

Resurrecting Lazarus Lizards

I’ve posted several BYGL Alerts over the years about the so-called Lazarus Lizards (Podarcis muralis, family Lacertidae). However, I’m resurrecting these fascinating reptiles based on spotting a few skittering around on a rock retaining wall near my home in Butler County, just north of Cincinnati.
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Joe Boggs

Blister Beetles Make Their Late-Summer Appearance

Curtis Young (OSU Extension, Van Wert County) has been sharing images of Black Blister Beetles (Epicauta pennsylvanica) for the past few weeks on our Tuesday morning BYGL Zoom Inservice. Over the weekend, I received two e-mail messages from homeowners describing blister beetles swarming onto flowering perennials and vegetable garden plants, most notably tomatoes.
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Joe Boggs

Beech Blight Aphids are Jitterbugging Across Ohio

The uniquely entertaining Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) are taking the stage in Ohio. I’ve received several e-mail messages from across the state about the aphids and Brian Heinz (Horticulture Manager, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum) alerted me to chorus lines shaking their derrieres on their namesake host in southwest Ohio
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Joe Boggs