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Planning, office and pests

June 29, 2016
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The national county agricultural agents association will be hosted by Arkansas this summer in Little Rock.  I have been given a few tasks to help that week. First, Randy Forst and I will take almost 50 agents and/or specialists on a horticulture pre-tour to sites in central and north central Arkansas.  We have finalized most of those plans, so now we just wait for the day to arrive (July 22 & 23). We also have been charged with putting together a Division of Ag display, similar to what we do for the Arkansas Flower & Garden Show and creating a large garden to represent the natural state.  Yesterday our committee met to plan what we envision. Today Randy and I went to River Valley Horticulture Nursery to pick plants for the garden and put more meat in our plans. We also ordered a truckload of mulch and we think we are now on target. We gave a few plants destined for extinction a second chance trees dump at least for the short term.  There was so much to choose from as Randy and I rode around the gardens. We are trying to stick with as many natives as possible and to be easily maintained indoors for several days. trees container nursery.river valley.jun161 trees container nursery.river valley.jun164 While we saw some great Japanese maples, they aren’t native so we won’t be using them. We will round out our order with perennials the week of the event, but I think we have a good concrete plan and we appreciate the wonderful folks at River Valley, particularly Kevin and Scott to helping make this happen!  hardy hibiscus jun29.16 trumpetcreeper jun16  I took Randy back to his office and the MGs are really making a difference in the landscaping there.  It looks amazing. pulaski county office.jun162

I talked yesterday about pests, and one that we were talking about as wooly aphids is actually a plant leafhopper.planthopper damage  While the immature nymph planthopper nymph does closely resemble white wooly aphid, and excrete honeydew like aphids, it is a planthopper. They feed in much the same way, but the biggest difference is that planthoppers move quickly when disturbed and often jump or hop for several inches whereas woolly aphids are more sedentary. planthopper adult jun16Normally they are not found in numbers that require attention, but the same pesticides labeled for home use  on aphids will give adequate control of flatid planthoppers –insecticidal soap, a strong spray of water, Orthene, or malathion. Thanks to Lucinda Reynolds and for the excellent photos.

 

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