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September's to-do list of gardening activities for your home, yard and garden.
cucumber flower and fruit
If you've noticed that your cucumbers are a little (or a lot) bitter lately, don't give up hope. A little water, mulch and patience will provide relief.
the Asian long-horned beetle
August is peak emergence season for the invasive Asian long-horned beetle, a pest that poses a serious threat to shade trees. A Purdue University entomologist is urging people to perform their annual tree checkup for these destructive insects. In just a few minutes, people can determine if their trees are infested and save countless other trees through early detection.
typical appearance of a chigger bite
Dear Dr. Tim, Every time I go out to pick raspberries I come home with chiggers. They itch like the blazes and especially so in very sensitive places. What are chiggers and why am I plagued by them? Thanks, Itchy
Sycamore tree bark
Q. We have a large sycamore tree in our yard. Every summer it sheds its bark over a few weeks' time. I think as it grows it is growing new bark and losing the old bark. Am I correct? - J.C., Walton, Ind.
Tree Support Systems Cover
This free publication is a great guide to answer your questions regarding post-planting tree care. Sometimes supports are necessary as the staking materials provide physical barriers against mechanical damage of tree trunks, particularly damage due to lawn mowers and other lawn equipment.
Tom Turpin pushes entomology books off onto Tim Gibb
Entomology professors Tom Turpin and Tim Gibb have an amusing discussion about the transition from "On Six Legs" to "Dr. Tim's Spineless Wonders"

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