Emerald Ash Borer
May Have Spread to Different Tree
The emerald ash borer, which is destroying ash trees in a large swath of the nation, has apparently spread to a different tree, according to a researcher at Wright State University. Professor Don Cipollini has found that the invasive green beetle has apparently begun to attack white fringetree (Chionanthus virginicus).
Well, it feels a little like this, as shown by the Coxhall Gardens video.
You can visit Coxhall Gardens at 2000 W. 116th Street, Carmel, IN 46032
C is for Compost.
Compost builds wonderful soil which grows healthy plants. The do’s and don’ts of what to compost are simple:
Do compost: leaves, shrub trimmings, grass clippings, newspaper, coffee grounds, tea leaves, fruit & veggie trimmings, eggshells, garden refuse, animal manure (vegetarian), weeds w/o seed heads.
Don’t compost: dog & cat waste, diseased plants, meat scraps, butter, grease, oil, sawdust, charcoal briquettes, weeds gone to seed.
- The smaller material is chopped, the faster it decomposes
- Chipper/shredders are great for handling dried garden stalks, small shrub branches. Without shredding, woody branches will not decompose sufficiently.
- Add an activator to speed up results (bone meal, blood meal, alfalfa meal)
- An activator is not necessary in a well-balanced pile. Just add a bit of dirt occasionally.
- You can keep an open pile in a semi shaded area to keep it from drying out.
- Open piles without black plastic will take several months, maybe up to a year, to decompose sufficiently
- Unpleasant odor?
- It could need aeration – turn the pile.
- Odor could be caused by overwatering – add dry leaves or wood chips.
- Pile not getting hot in center (not decomposing)?
- It could need nitrogen; add grass clippings or kitchen scraps & a little shovelful of dirt to activate.
- Turn the pile to introduce brown material in the green
- It may need more moisture.
More information can be found in these Purdue publications on household composting and managing yard waste.