DIY Yards and Health

DIY Yards and Health
Helping the Do It Yourself home owner in making themselves and surroundings healthy

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fire Blight Alert is out

Rain vectors bacteria and fungus - combine that with this heat and we have a serious situation now.

Copper is an old standby but discolors - I use products that actually attack bacteria - the main point is you need to spray now if you have trees and shrubs vulnerable to fire blight conditions.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spray Sycamores NOW!

If your Sycamores lost leaves in June last year and they are just starting to put leaves on need to spray a fungicide for Sycamore Anthracnose.

This has to be done twice at bud break to get the fungicide into the buds.

I prefer a preventive systemic injection in the fall but if you did not do that you need to spray now. It is too late if you wait until leaf drop.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spring has Sprung!!

Time to overwork parts of our body we haven't used all winter, get some blisters and re-learn the lesson of sunburn pain.

I see a lot of tree pruning this time of year and I just shake my head in saddness for the poor tree. It is not wrong to prune in the spring but this is a time when the tree is the most active and it does put that much more stress on it. The best time to prune is when it is dormant and I do that in November and all through those cold winter months.

If you have pruned watch the water - too much is as big a problem as too little.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sacrificing to Jack Frost

I remember a great line from the mentor that taught my Master Gardners class, "every spring my wife does her yearly tomato plant sacrifice to Jack Frost."
We all get spring fever and want to get our gardens going but don't be tempted by the 70+ degree weather just yet.
The old timers in the area always used Squaw Butte (Big lone peak with no trees to the North) as a gauge - never plant until ALL the snow is off the Butte. It's worked for me for years.

Friday, April 6, 2012



They see you - They follow you - They attack

Aggressive little foes; Wasp control is one of the most asked questions I get in a day.

Wasp work in a colony much like ants where there is a Queen who over wintered this year and started a brood that will grow up to 1200 workers and protectors of the colony. The paper hive you see hanging around from last year will not be used again however it will attract the next years colony so get rid of it. Most hives are underground which means you need to look for those as well as the obvious ones on the eve and the ones in pipes, trailers even cars sitting idle for a few weeks. You must spray the nest or hive to get real control. Even after you think they are gone - respray the nest hole because the larvae can still hatch after the adults are gone. Be very careful when spraying and do it when it is cool in the morning - not when it is hot and they are most active.

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