Students are back but I’m still on summer time. I even tried stand up paddle boarding and have the bruises to show for it.
No, no, no, no – it isn’t fall yet for me. But there are some fall things you could do – like fertilize! And I know that many Christmas tree growers don’t fertilize at all – but is it based on facts? Like a soil test? So read about fertilizing in the fall here, and how to get your soil tested here and here.
Cushions sound comfy but not this kind – Weir’s cushion rust. And we are hearing about it more this year than before – orange blisters on blue spruce needles (do they need more problems?) If you’ve seen it this summer, remember to treat those trees next spring. Another reason for record keeping!
Doug fir needle midge vs. Cooley spruce gall adelgid. They probably won’t make a movie of it but we did have a discussion on telling the two apart. I don’t think I have seen much needle bending and yellowing from Cooley’s on Doug fir without the white fluff, but it is possible. Here’s what Rayanne Lehman from the PA Dept of Ag says:
To distinguish between midge damage and adelgids damage, look for the cast skins of the adelgids at the needle bend. Again, the galled needle will appear swollen if viewed from the side. In late winter and early spring, these galls will also have the emergence hole on the under side of the needle.
I’m going to have to put a trap out to see if we can catch the adults next spring.
Heat accumulation – yes, indeed, this summer. Track it for pest management with Growing degree days. We like the NYS IPM NEWA page (look under Weather Data) because it has tables, charts and a degree day forecast. But this page from Utah has a good description of how to do it yourself.
You’ve seen this along the roads, I bet – Dieback on eastern white pine. If you grow white pines, keep an eye out.
Enjoy the weather now that we’ve had some rain! Have a great week!