Monthly Archives: September 2014

Eddie’s Corner: Survey Weeds Now

By  Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, September 1, 2014

Creeping WeedsLate summer is an excellent time for you to survey or map the weeds in your pastures, hay fields, orchards, and lawns, but it’s not the best time to spray.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: What Is That Web In My Trees?

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, September 1, 2014

Fall webwormsAs the days get shorter and shorter, the appearance of webbing in trees around the county becomes more prominent. The webbing is home to a caterpillar called the fall webworm. They use the silk webbing to form protection from predators as it feeds on leaves of over 100 different types of trees. Some of the most common trees we see them infest are cherry, black walnut, mulberry, elm, sweet gum, willow, apple, ash, and oak. It is a native insect that ranges from Canada to Mexico. The sign of fall webworms in a tree are relatively easy to spot. They will create a nest at the end of branches, and as they need more leaves, they expand the size of the nest to meet their needs.  Continue reading

Eddie’s Corner: Alien Leaf Galls

By Eddie Ayers, County Extension Agent, September 1, 2014

Leaf GallSeveral unusual leaf samples have been delivered to the office this spring. The leaves have horns or tubes sticking out of them. Even though you may see odd or strange leaf colors, they are still productive and will stay on the plant for a long time. At first glance it looks like a possible invasion by a new alien plant or disease, but in reality it’s just an insect.  Continue reading