Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Home Grown: Big Trees Felled By Tiny Fungi.

Urban trees tend to have shortened lives, some living no more than 50 to 80 years. Urban forests in many metro areas have started to mature and decline, and are very susceptible to trunk-rotting and buttress root-rotting organisms.

Wood-rotting organisms can slowly nibble away at trunks and buttress roots. Trees often regenerate new, non-structurally supportive feeder roots that mask the signs of structural root loss. Many trees that topple look perfectly healthy before they fall. Afterward, it becomes clear that there were absolutely no structural roots remaining for support.

The best time to scout for symptoms of a fungal infection is just after a long period of cool, wet weather.

Continued in... Big Trees Felled By Tiny Fungi

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Artwork: Conks

Friday, October 21, 2016

Home Grown: Fire Ant Control in the Fall

If you are going to treat fire ants only once a year, do it in the fall. Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall.

The one thing that makes fall the single best time to treat fire ants is that it's followed by winter. Extreme cold is tough on fire ants. That makes baits even more effective in the fall.

Baits take a long time to work. They weaken colonies and make them less able to respond to the challenges of winter weather. The young colonies are especially vulnerable because they don't have many workers. So they can't respond very quickly to the need to escape freezing temperatures.

Continued in... Fire Ant Control in the Fall

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Christmas Wreaths from Curtis, Washington

Now available for Holidays:
Christmas Wreaths from Curtis, Washington.

Since 1976, the forest fresh wreaths of this vendor have decorated thousands of homes around the world. Handcrafted in the foothills of the majestic Cascade Mountains, their exquisite wreaths and swags are unequaled in excellence.  They gather the finest aromatic greens and berries from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to create classic adornments, and lovely red velvet bows add the holiday spirit to nature.

These fresh Evergreen Wreaths are shipped worldwide. Free shipping to 48 states via UPS ground.

Christmas Wreaths

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Home Grown: Identifying Emerald Ash Borer

As fall's colors emerge, it's hard to miss the striking gold and purple leaves of ash trees lining streets and roads in many Midwestern U.S. states. However, when emerald ash borer arrives, many ash trees planted in towns, cities and conservation plantings could be lost.
First detected in southeast Michigan in 2002, emerald ash borer, or EAB, is an exotic beetle that attacks and kills all native ash species, including white, green, black and autumn purple ash. To date, the beetle is present in 23 U.S. states as well as two Canadian provinces and has killed about 200 million ash trees.

Continued in... Identifying Emerald Ash Borer

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap direct from Lindon, Utah

Now available with Soaps in Health and Beauty:
Handcrafted Goat Milk Soap direct from the soapmaker at a goat farm in Lindon, Utah

This soapmaker has been raising goats for over 25 years and making soap since 1997.

The sweet creamy goat milk produced by the goats is the main ingredient in the soaps that are available in 35 scents. The most popular are Lavender, Peppermint, Red Clover Tea, Love Spell, Lime Sugar and Unscented soaps.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Infused Olive and Safflower Oils from Vineland, New Jersey

Now available with Dressings, Oils & Marinades in Specialty Foods:
Infused Olive and Safflower Oils direct from Bibs' Passion Oil in Vineland, New Jersey

These infused oils are crafted in a small commercial kitchen in small quanities to afford maximum shelf life. Starting with 100% extra virgin olive oil as a base, the oil is infused with California grown garlic and select dried herbs and spices for a short period of time before being strained through cheese cloth and poured into 5 and 8.5 ounce bottles.

Infused safflower oils are available in Orange (great with all meats and vegetables) Lemon Basil (ideal for seafood and stir frying vegetables), Thai Chili Pepper (hot & spicy) and JalepeƱo Garlic flavors.

Family owned and operated, Bibs' Passion Oil is the creation of culinary artist “Bibs,” who wears Bib overalls all the time because they’re comfortable and fit his lifestyle.

Infused Olive & Safflower Oils
Dressings, Oils & Marinades
Specialty Foods and Beverages

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Home Grown: Composting Yard Waste

While it may seem easy to put those raked leaves and other yard waste in plastic bags and toss them out as garbage, composting can be just as easy and much better for the environment.

"Many landfills no longer even accept leaves or garden wastes," notes Bill Lamont, professor of vegetable crops at Penn State.  "Composting may be the easiest way for homeowners to dispose of them."

Composting decomposes organic matter into a dark, crumbly material similar to humus. Finished compost provides nutrients and helps soil retain water by increasing the valuable organic matter in the lawn and garden. Compost is a valuable soil conditioner that can be used in gardens, around trees and on lawns.

Continued in... Composting Yard Waste

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Home Grown: Preparing a Lawn for Winter

When it's time for the last cutting of your lawn, how low should you cut? Your area's winter snowcover should help you decide whether to cut it short or leave it long.

If you live in a heavy snow area, cut the grass to about 1.5 inches in fall to prevent it from matting down beneath the snow and forming a haven for the snow mold fungus.

In areas with little snowcover, grass dries out and the crowns may be injured from a lack of insulation. In those areas, leave the grass long over the winter to help protect the crowns from drying out.

Continued in... Preparing a Lawn for Winter

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Artwork: Riding Lawn Mower Tractor Cover