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Fall Pest Control

Fall sanitation is the key to disease reduction for the next year. Throw away diseased material. Do not put it in a compost pile. Leaving infected plant material on the plants or on the ground provides a source of inoculum for next year’s infections. If grubs are a problem in your lawn, apply Dylox throughout the end of October to kill small, newly hatched grubs. For those with fire ant problems, baits can be used whenever the temperatures are going to be 70 °F or higher. Otherwise a drench will be the most effective means of controlling fire ants in the fall. Start watching for winter annual weeds, such as hairy bittercress and chickweed. These weeds along with other weeds are better controlled now and throughout the winter before they set in in the early spring. If you see them germinating, apply a broadleaf herbicide when they appear. If Pecan scab has been a problem this year, it is not practical to spray for this disease. There are resistant cultivars of Pecans available and existing infected trees will still produce during years when the weather is less favorable for pecan scab.

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pests pic oct

Fall Pest Control

Fall sanitation is the key to disease reduction for the next year. Throw away diseased material. Do not put it in a compost pile. Leaving infected plant material on the plants or on the ground provides a source of inoculum for next year’s infections. If grubs are a problem in your lawn, apply Dylox throughout the end of October to kill small, newly hatched grubs. For those with fire ant problems, baits can be used whenever the temperatures are going to be 70 °F or higher. Otherwise a drench will be the most effective means of controlling fire ants in the fall. Start watching for winter annual weeds, such as hairy bittercress and chickweed. These weeds along with other weeds are better controlled now and throughout the winter before they set in in the early spring. If you see them germinating, apply a broadleaf herbicide when they appear. If Pecan scab has been a problem this year, it is not practical to spray for this disease. There are resistant cultivars of Pecans available and existing infected trees will still produce during years when the weather is less favorable for pecan scab.

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Tips for October

This is the best time of the year to move plants.  If you have to dig and transplant a plant, make sure that you water the soil thoroughly to make digging possible.  Then you will have to water the plant regularly in its new location. Bulbs are typically planted in October.  Healthy bulbs from well-adapted plants can be planted in December or January.  Some spring-flowering bulbs are good choices for our landscapes.  In general, spring-flowering bulbs avoid the most drought-prone times of the year by going dormant in summer and early fall.         There is no need to fertilize dead grass and currently there isn’t enough moisture for new grass to get started.  This could change if you are under a rainstorm or two, but most people will need to hold off planting cool-season grass until warmer temperatures in the late winter or early spring.

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Fall Vegetable
Garden

    In the piedmont and coastal plain, garlic, spinach and onions can be planted now, although harvest won’t be till next spring.  The rest of the mountains and much of the piedmont are likely to have a frost by the end of the month.  Sometimes, protecting tender vegetables will you an extra week or two of harvest.  Full size tomatoes can be picked up and ripened inside even if green when picked.         Be prepared to use season extenders on your garden by the end of the month.  A few hours of frost protection can sometimes extend the growing season for 2 to 3 more weeks.         In the vegetable garden, insect control can be a challenge on fall-grown cabbage family crops.  Fortunately, the best controls are organic!  For aphids, use insecticidal soap.  Don’t miss the lower leaf surfaces.  For cabbage worms and other caterpillars use weekly applications of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt).         Plant a cover crop in your vegetable garden. Legumes, such as clover and alfalfa will enrich the soil by nitrogen fixation.  Cover crops also prevent erosion and can be turned over into the soil to provide needed organic matter.         Fall Pumpkins!  Have you been pumpkin shopping yet? Find a nice one, bring it home and dip it in 10% bleach and water solution to kill the bacteria that encourages it to rot. Then, sit it where it will not touch the ground or concrete.  A piece of cardboard can help.  This should help keep your pumpkin looking good for 2 to 3 months.

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Veggie Varmint

The “Veggie Varmint” contest, hosted at the Burke County fair each year, is delightful, creative way to connect children with produce. Without the pressure to “EAT IT”, children (and adults) are encouraged to MORE »

Downy Mildew
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Downy Mildew

Downy mildew is here! Look on the tops of leaves for angular, yellow to brown wounds that stop at a leaf vein. Management suggestions: • Plant early in the season so you can MORE »

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Greenstriped Mapleworms

Greenstriped Mapleworms Greenstriped mapleworms are found in the piedmont the end of June and early July. As their name suggests their preferred hosts are maple trees, but they are also found on boxelder MORE »

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