Problems in the Garden
This week Buggy Joe Boggs (OSU Extension) is reporting widespread tree damages thanks to the ‘Derecho’ that blew thru last week (be sure to inspect your trees and evergreens for possible wind damages), yellowing of leaves in all plants due to lack of water / lack of nutrients due to the lack of moisture to get the nutrients into the plants, Tuliptree scale really showing up right now on, yes, you guessed it, Tuliptrees, distorted coneflowers due to Coneflower Rosette Mite, stag and spotted grapevine beetles out and about, downy mildew taking out cucumbers (occasionally affects squash and pumpkins), lawns showing signs of drought stressed turf (duh!) so remember: stay off drought stressed turf, only mow if needed, be cautious, better yet, don’t use herbicides to kill weeds on drought stressed lawns, and minimal irrigation (1/3 to ½ inch irrigation every 2-3 weeks) will keep the crowns of the grass alive – this is one time syringing the turf (applying enough to just wet the area) can help reduce stress to the crowns.
-Catch The Buggy Joe Boggs Report Saturdays at 8:42am on 55KRC The Talk Station. You’ll also find his blog at www.ronwilsononline.com.