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ODA Announces 2018 Gypsy Moth Treatment Project Open Houses

While all is quite in the gypsy moth’s world, much preparation is occurring in Ohio to manage future gypsy moth populations this year as part of the two programs ODA administers:  Slow-The-Spread and Suppression.  Recently ODA released the schedule for their 2018 Gypsy Moth Treatment Open Houses and the 2018 Treatment Maps. Treatment blocks have been identified and are planned in19 Ohio Counties. Treatments will occur after caterpillars hatch this spring and when weather conditions are favorable.  Treatments are made to protect trees from damage from the leaf feeding caterpillars like seen…

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Amy Stone

The Insulating Qualities of A Snowy Winter Blanket

Every spring, Yardboy Ron Wilson shares a soil temperature map in his blog and talks about it on his radio show. This map is useful for seeing how soil temperatures are warming and when they are suitable for planting.Image may contain: tree, sky, snow, plant, outdoor and nature

I took a look at that map this morning, which can be seen here, and something interesting popped out at me. Soil temperatures are very cold over much of the country, approaching zero degrees Fahrenheit in parts of the midwest. A closer look at the map shows something interesting.

Soil temperatures in the lee of the Great Lakes, near Cleveland, OH, Erie, PA, Buffalo, NY, and Watertown, NY, for example, are quite warm, near freezing and similar to soil temperatures in the south. Why would temperatures in these very cold and snowy locations be so mild? The answer is in the snow.

Many people cry and wail in winter when it snows. Certainly some people in Erie, PA, were crying over the 5 feet of snow they got Christmas week. However, from the perspective of our plants, that snow is a very good thing. Yes, it can get heavy, but it also is a wonderful insulator. under all that snow are protected from the bitter cold, and their root systems in particular are protected. When all that snow melts, soil moisture will be replenished. Observe how the New York State plant hardiness zones, in the map to the right, in the areas adjacent to lakes Erie and Ontario, are as warm as near New York City, and much warmer than nearby interior areas.

So, what about areas that don’t have all that snow? In those areas, plants are fully exposed to the elements and bitter cold. Soil temperatures plunge and root systems chill as well. Sensitive plants may be damaged or even killed in such harsh conditions. Plant hardiness zones are actually colder in areas further south which get inconsistent snow and frequent cold.

So, the next time heavy snow falls, try to remember that your plants benefit greatly from it. It sure is beautiful, too!


Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

 Station Number: OH-HM-24
Station Name: Cheviot 3.4 W
Report Date: 6/3/2017
Submitted: 6/03/2017 6:48 AM
Scale Bar: Mildly Wet
Rainfall over the past 7 days was actually below normal at 0.49 inch with very good drying rates. Soil moisture is still above normal after being severely wet just a week ago. Local plants, crops, or pastures are healthy, recovering from and draining from wet conditions. Areas of standing water have mostly dried up and most runoff from hillsides has stopped. Water logged areas of my yard were actually able to be mowed yesterday. Creeks and rivers are returning to normal levels. We finished May 12.26 inches ahead of the normal year to date rainfall. Annual rainfall of 31.27 inches compared to normal rainfall of 43 inches in an entire year!
Categories: General Awareness
Plants And Wildlife

What Good is Dead Wood?

When you hear a barred owl calling “whooo, who cooks for you?” in the woods, chances are it’s calling from a nest cavity in the limb of a dying tree. When you see the bright red head of a woodpecker as it streaks through the forest, chances are it’s flying from the home it excavated in a hollow snag. When you encounter a fox, field mouse, opossum, raccoon or other woodland mammal, chances are that dead logs, stumps and brush on the forest floor provide the cover these creatures need to survive. And when you turn over a fallen log to find a salamander, you uncover the hidden world that thrives beneath the moist, decaying wood. Read more here>>>

Soil Moisture Condition Monitoring Report

Station Number: OH-HM-24
Station Name: Cheviot 3.4 W
Report Date: 4/14/2017
Submitted: 4/14/2017 9:34 PM
Scale Bar: Moderately Wet
Soil is very damp. The ground is still partially saturated with water but with significant drying over the past week.
Not much standing water remaining. Local plants and pastures are healthy and lush. Water bodies remain slightly more full than normal.
Categories: General Awareness

Growing Degree Day Update

The GDD of CINCINNATI on 3/13/2015 is 17

Summary of Phenological Events

Species Phenological Event GDD Link
Species Event Growing Degree Days Link
Silver Maple first bloom 34 Info
Corneliancherry Dogwood first bloom 40 Info
Silver Maple full bloom 42 Info
Red Maple first bloom 44 Info
Speckled Alder first bloom 52 Info
Northern Lights Forsythia first bloom 58 Info
Japanese Pieris first bloom 60 Info
Red Maple full bloom 75 Info
Star Magnolia first bloom 83 Info
White Pine Weevil adult emergence 84 Facts
Border Forsythia first bloom 86 Info
Eastern Tent Caterpillar egg hatch 92 Facts
Manchu Cherry first bloom 93 Info
Northern Lights Forsythia full bloom 94 Info
Speckled Alder full bloom 97 Info
Corneliancherry Dogwood full bloom 98 Info Facts
Norway Maple first bloom 116 Info
Border Forsythia full bloom 116 Facts Photo
Chanticleer Callery Pear first bloom 123 Info
Sargent Cherry first bloom 127 Info
Larch Casebearer egg hatch 128 Facts
Japanese Pieris full bloom 129 Info
Saucer Magnolia first bloom 133 Info
Exotic Ambrosia Beetle first adult emergence 136
Common Floweringquince first bloom 137 Info
Bradford Callery Pear first bloom 142 Info
European Pine Sawfly egg hatch 144 Info
Weeping Higan Cherry first bloom 145 Info
PJM Rhododendron first bloom 147 Info
Norway Maple full bloom 149 Info
Chanticleer Callery Pear full bloom 149 Facts Facts Facts
Inkberry Leafminer adult emergence 150 Info
Star Magnolia full bloom 151 Pests Pests
Sargent Cherry full bloom 151 Info
Allegheny Serviceberry first bloom 153 Info
Spring Snow Crabapple first bloom 155 Info
Manchu Cherry full bloom 155 Info
Apple Serviceberry first bloom 159 Info
Spruce Spider Mite egg hatch 162 Info
Bradford Callery Pear full bloom 164 Facts
Allegheny Serviceberry full bloom 169 Info
Saucer Magnolia full bloom 174 Info
PJM Rhododendron full bloom 178 Info
Weeping Higan Cherry full bloom 179 Multiple Facts
Boxwood Psyllid egg hatch 179 Facts
Apple Serviceberry full bloom 182 Facts Facts
Common Chokecherry first bloom 182 Info
Koreanspice Viburnum first bloom 185 Info
Regent Serviceberry first bloom 186 Info
Japanese Flowering Crab first bloom 189 Info
White/Green Ash first bloom 190
Eastern Redbud first bloom 191 Info
Gypsy Moth egg hatch 192 Info
Donald Wyman Crabapple first bloom 197 Info
Snowdrift Crabapple first bloom 198 Info
Compact Garland Spirea full bloom 205 Info
Koreanspice Viburnum full bloom 205 Facts
Azalea Lace Bug egg hatch 206 Info
Spring Snow Crabapple full bloom 209 Info
Viburnum Leaf Beetle first egg hatch 210
Carolina Silverbell first bloom 213 Info
Common Floweringquince full bloom 214 Info
Birch Leafminer adult emergence 215 Info
Coral Burst Crabapple first bloom 217 Iinfo
Regent Serviceberry full bloom 219 Facts
Elm Leafminer adult emergence 219 Facts
Common Chokecherry full bloom 221 Info
Alder Leafminer adult emergence 224 Info
Honeylocust Spider Mite egg hatch 227 Facts
Wayfaringtree Viburnum first bloom 229 Info
Honeylocust Plant Bug egg hatch 230 Facts
Sargent Crabapple first bloom 230 Info
Tatarian Honeysuckle first bloom 233 Info
Common Lilac first bloom 234 Info
Persian Lilac first bloom 240 Info
White/Green Ash full bloom 240
Ohio Buckeye first bloom 245 Info
Eastern Redbud full bloom 245 Facts
Snowdrift Crabapple full bloom 250 Info