Issue 1, April 11, 2016

First Issue for 2016

Welcome to the Home, Yard, and Garden Pest Newsletter for 2016. We provide information on insect pests, diseases, weeds, and other pests of professionally maintained trees, shrubs, turf, and flowers in Illinois. It is written for the professional arborist, landscaper, lawn care professional, golf course superintendent, and garden center operator.

Through the year, we will let you know what pests we are seeing and anticipating throughout the state. Because Illinois is 400 miles long, what happens in Cairo tends to happen about one month later in Rockford. Be mindful of where we report pest activity. As the authors of most articles are primarily located at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, if a location in the state for the pest is not given, it is probably occurring in the central part of the state. In general, timing of control will be two weeks earlier in southern Illinois and two weeks later in northern Illinois compared to central Illinois.

The first three issues of this newsletter will be two weeks apart. Then we will issue weekly through May and June. Issues will be published every other week through July, August, and September, with a single, final issue in October. This corresponds to the frequency and importance of timing in managing pests through the growing season.

This newsletter is only published on-line, but there will be a pdf of each issue that can be printed for use if desired. The author's name is provided at the end of each article. (Phil Nixon, Newsletter Coordinator)

Phil Nixon

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