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= Subject:=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0= =A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0 = HORT ALERT:=A0 04-02-2013=A0 Lawns, Tulip Poplar Scale, Emerald A= sh Borer, Educational programs and tours
Dear Gardening Friend,
I was planning on sending this Hort Alert out on Monday.= =A0 But since that was also April 1 (Apr= il Fool=92s Day), I decided that nobody would be wanting to believe much of which I wr= ote, so I figured=85might as well wait a day.
This edition of Hort Alerts adds on a few things I forgo= t to mention in last week=92s issue.=A0 If you already deleted the 3/25 Hort Alert, you can visit my archive (http://www3.ag.purdue.edu/counties/vanderburgh/Pages/HortAlerts.aspx= a> ) and see recent issues.
Lawn Ca= re
April is when a lot of our big lawn care jobs should be starting, at least, for cool season grasses like fescue and Kentucky bluegrass.=A0 If you are going to = apply pre-emergent crabgrass control on your lawn this spring, it needs to get d= one this week at the latest.=A0 Crabgra= ss germinates at the same time as forsythia blooms, and it=92s blooming throu= ghout the tri-state right now.=A0 For a = list of products, click here:=A0 https:= //mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=3DAY-10-W .
April is also the time to be overseeding your lawn.=A0 Please bear in mind that you can=92t= spread grass seed AND the pre-emergence herbicide at the same time.=A0 The chemical can=92t tell crabgrass = from bluegrass.=A0 Given the choice, at= this late date, I would recommend spreading grass seed to thicken up the lawn.<= span style=3D'mso-spacerun:yes'>=A0 Click these publications for more in= fo:
Aerating and dethatching the lawn can also be done now, = and should be performed before seeding:=A0 = span>https:/= /mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=3DAY-8-W
If you have a zoysiagrass lawn, ignore all of the above,= and click on this link instead:=A0 https:/= /mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?item_number=3DAY-6-W
Last year was a bad year for tuliptree scale.=A0 These small, colorful, waxy insects = were responsible for the =93sticky rain=94 that was falling out of magnolias an= d tulip poplar trees last year.=A0 If you = were afflicted with these pests last year, the odds are good that you=92ll have= them again this year.=A0 Plan on treati= ng the tree with a soil drench of imidacloprid (Bayer Tree and Shrub Insect Contr= ol, etc.) within the next month.
For good photos of this pest, plus more information on i= ts lifecycle, please visit this article from Tennessee:=A0 http://utuknurseryipm.utk.edu/Local/Factsheets/Tuliptree%2= 0Scale%20Factsheet.pdf .
Termites are already swarming in places in the
tri-state.=A0 What we=92re seeing =
reproductive adults looking for a new place to set up a nest.=A0 If you see them somewhere outside yo=
you may have an infestation in a nearby dead or dying tree, or in y=
home; however, they could have just flown in from somewhere else.=A0 A quick spray of any insecticide lab=
use outdoors or around the foundation will kill off these swarmers. =
If you find the swarm inside the house, that=92s a prett= y bad sign that they are already infesting your structure.=A0 Vacuum them up and dump the bag outd= oors, away from the home.=A0 Then, call a professional exterminator to inspect the house and offer you some solutions.=A0 Remember, termites a= re slow feeders, and it takes a long time to cause permanent damage to your home, = so don=92t let anyone rush you into making a decision.=A0
Purdue publication on termites has pictures that help you tell termites from ants, and how to protect your home:=A0 http://exte= nsion.entm.purdue.edu/publications/E-4.pdf .
The Wesselman Nature Society is hosting a Certified Backyard Habitat Class= this Saturday, April 6, at Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve.= p>
9 a.m. =96 12 p.m.
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0= =A0 Make the most of your backyard, for you and your wildlife. Enhance its natural features = and create a certified backyard wildlife habitat! Whether you are in an urban = or rural setting, you can improve the habitat for wildlife and enjoy nature= =92s visitors. This introductory class will teach the basic elements and techni= ques for attracting wildlife, what wildlife you can expect to see, and how to g= et your backyard certified as wildlife habitat through the National Wildlife Federation!
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0= =A0 $15/person for nonmembers, $10/person for WNS members. Preregistration required.
1 =96 4 p.m.
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0= =A0 This afternoon program series will provide backyard wildlife habitat enthusiasts with new tools and techniques for attracting wildlife and further developing their certified backyard wildlife habitats. We suggest the morning program, Back= yard Basics, as a prerequisite to any of the advanced sessions, but it is not required.
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0= =A0 $15/person for nonmembers, $10/person for WNS members. Preregistration required.
April 6th Advanced Topics:
1:00 =93Bee Friendly Gardens=94=A0 - Attracting Native Bees
Deb Goedde, Gold IN Master Gardener and IN Master Natura= list
Debbie has been researching native bee species in our
area.=A0 She knows which flowers a=
the most species, and that some are specialists with very important roles =
pollination of not only native flowers, but all-important food crops. =
2:00 =93Eat Your Yard Out=94 =96 Native Plant Edibles
Aimee Blume, Culinary Artist and Freelance Writer and Ma= ster Gardener
Aimee is a culinary artist, who happens to be interested= in wild foods.=A0 She has prepared an= d served many dished which include common backyard "weeds", as well as fl= owers and buds of many wild species. Ever eat a cattail?=A0 Ever make a salad from yard specimen= s? Ever taste a flower? Sample some of her concoctions at the seminar!<= /span>
3:00=A0 =93Make = A Splash=94 =96 Water Features Sampler
Community Habitat Team
The Community Habitat Team will demonstrate various ways= to attract wildlife with moving water, including bubbling rocks, small ponds,= and more. Learn more about these features and how you can add them to your own backyard.
I will be presenting a program on Poisonous Plants at the Western Kentucky Botanical Garden on Tuesday, April 9, at 11:30 am.=A0 = The Garden is located at 25 Carter Road, Owensboro, Kentucky.=A0
This program is open to the public.=A0 Registration at the door is $12 (if = you=92re a member, only $10).=A0 Please conta= ct The Garden to reserve a seat:=A0 email@example.com =A0OR=A0 (270) 852-8925.
I will also be making a presentation at the Evansvill= e YWCA Personally Speaking series on Friday, April 19, from noon to 1:00.=A0 My topic will be =93Taking it up a n= otch:=A0 Advanced Vegetable Gardening Tips.=94=A0
This program is open to the public.=A0 Cost of a ticket is $6.=A0 The YWCA has a lovely little lunch r= oom, so come early or stay late and have a bite.= =A0 The YWCA is located at 118 Vine Street in Evansville.
Spring at the Arboretum
Plan a free family day at The Hartman Arboretum on Saturday, April 13, 2013. From = 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. we will be celebrating spring with our Spring= at the Arboretum. Come out and walk around to see the blooming trees and newly emerging plants. Our Master Gardener friends are posted around the Arboret= um at their favorite sites to fill you in on what=92s growing and blooming. You = can tour at your own pace and explore your special interests.
What might bloom for you? Depending on how quickly spring advances, you can enjoy 17 varieties of redbuds, some dogwoods and forsyth= ias, serviceberry and spring wildflowers along with the emerging native perenni= als.
The Arboretum features include a wildlife garden featuri= ng butterfly-attracting plants, a hydrangea collection, an espalier wall of crabapples, a =93stumpery=94 woodland garden, groves of young oaks and fal= l color trees, a collection of spring blooming trees, a wild meadow, a collection = of =93under-story trees=94 that grow in the woods below the leaf canopy, a co= llection of shrubs, a blueberry patch and a memorial garden.
The Hartman Arboretum is located at 5939 Spirit Trail in Evansville, IN. Take Diamond Ave to Cynthiana R= d (or State Road 65) and follow north for one half mile to the German Twp. Boost= er Club sign. Turn left, and follow signs to the Arboretum.
The Mount Vernon Azalea Trail Committee is sponsoring an= Azalea Sale at the Mt. Vernon, I= ndiana, Riverfront on Saturday, April 20, 1:00 p.m. until sold out.=A0 1 gallon containers of=A0 Regular Azaleas and 3 gallon contain= ers of Encore Azaleas will be available.
The purpose of this event is to raise funds for erecting= a sign at the Riverfront describing the three Azalea Trails developed by the committee.
If you want to check out the trails, save this informati= on:
Mount V= ernon Azalea Walking Trails
The Mount Vernon Azalea Committee has developed three wa= lking trails within the city to provide our citizens an opportunity to exercise = and observe the beauty of the many plantings made throughout the city and on t= he Riverfront.=A0 300 azaleas were pl= anted by the committee in the city.=A0 550 = daffodils and 50 azaleas were planted at the Riverfront.=A0=A0
The Whi= te Azalea Trail--approximately 1.1 mile=A0 <= /span>The Whi= te Trail begins at Main and Water Street on the Riverfront,=A0 continuing on Main=A0 turning east (right) onto 8th= sup> Street, then returning to the Riverfront via Walnut Street.=A0 You will be traveling through the do= wntown Historic District.
The Pink Azalea Trail--approximately 1.1 mile The Pink Trail begins at Mulberry and Water Street on the Riverfront, continuing on Mulberry turning east (right) onto 8th Street, then returning to the Riverfront = via Locust Street. You will be traveling through the Welborn Historic District= .
The Red Azalea Trail--approximately .6 mile The Red Trail begins at Sherburne Park on Water Street, continuing east to the end of the tree ter= race at the River Park and returning to Sherburne Park by taking the crosswalks along the parkway.=A0 You will exp= erience the beauty of daffodils in the tree terrace, an array of azaleas along the= Ohio riverfront, a rain garden displaying many varieties of flowers, beautiful landscaped grass terraces and a view of the riverfront amphitheater and sp= lash park.
For more information about the sale or the Azalea Trails, please contact Marcie Miller firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Vanderburgh County Solid Waste District will be hold= ing three special recycling collection days this spring.=A0 They are open to all Vanderburgh Cou= nty residents:
April 27:=A0 Tire
Recycling Day, 8 am-12 noon =96 Evansville Civic Center parking lot <=
May 11 =96 Electronics Recycling =96 8 am-12 noon =96 Ci= vic Center parking lot
June 8 =96 Tox Away Day =96 9 am-2 pm =96 Central High S= chool parking lot
For more details on these events and other recycling opportunities in Vanderburgh County, please visit their web page:=A0 http://evansville.i= n.gov/Index.aspx?Page=3D50
Borer has still not been confirmed in southwest Indiana.=A0 To the best of my knowledge, the clo=
are to the Evansville area is the Hoosier National Forest in extreme
northeastern Dubois County, and throughout Orange and Lawrence Counties.
=A0 Still, I have people who wish to kno=
about this pest.
You can learn how to identify Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) an= d the symptoms of an infested tree, where it=92s been found, and how to protect = your trees by visiting Purdue=92s EAB website:= =A0 http://extension.e= ntm.purdue.edu/eab/index.php .=A0
Purdue has also released several self-study programs, wh= ich are ideal for home and woodlot owners, Master Gardeners, arborists, and ow= ners/managers of campgrounds:
Purdue University is happy to provide self-study programs about EAB and its management for the Indiana industries and organizations listed below. These presentations contain detailed information on relevant EAB topics tailored= to a particular organization or industry. Participants who complete the presentations and successfully answer the included quizzes will be able to print a certificate of completion.
You will be able to stop and return later to the present= ation at your convenience. Your information will be stored for your future progr= ess through the module.
Please use Internet Explorer to properly view the training.
Click on your selection to start:
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La= rry Caplan, Extension Horticulture Educator
Pu= rdue Extension Service, Vanderburgh County
13= 301 Darmstadt Rd.
Ev= ansville, IN=A0 47725
Ph= :=A0 812-435-5287
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