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Controlling weeds in the home lawn is not simple, automatic, or easy. Each home lawn is unique because of the differences in lawn grasses, soil types, ornamental plants, and weed problems. Different levels of management will be used in maintaining the lawn. All of these factors must be considered when attempting to control weeds. Consider an integrated plan for controlling pests.

Download the Home Lawn Chemical Control IPM Guide, IPM-0590.

IPM guides for other crops as well as a general IPM overview, safety recommendations and directions for submitting samples can be found in the Integrated Pest Management Guides.

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Most okra cultivars are ready to pick 55 to 60 days after planting or about 4 to 6 days after flowering. Pods should be harvested when they are 21⁄2 or 31⁄2 inches long. Pods can be snapped off or cut off. Although cutting takes longer, you will produce a cleaner, nicer product.

On average, you should produce 200 to 250 30-pound bushels of okra per acre on bare ground. Yields are considerably greater when okra is grown on polyethylene mulch or mulched with compost or other organic materials.

Market price for okra typically declines sharply as the summer progresses. In addition, okra tends to “top out” as the plant ages, producing a declining number of pods. At this point in production, cutting back or topping your okra will allow your planting to reestablish itself.

Cutting back okra will allow the plant to rejuvenate and produce a crop in the fall. Cut plants back using a mower or pruning shears, leaving 6 to 12 inches of each plant above the ground.

Refertilize with 15-0-14, 8-0-24, or 13-0-44 to encourage regrowth and the development of side branches. Fall yields of cutback okra will often exceed that of spring crops or the yields of a crop that is not cut back.

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.

AKA: Pycnanthemum

This perennial plant grows 3 feet tall and branches frequently, often with a bushy appearance. Blooms in the summer to early fall. Each cluster is surrounded by leafy bracts that appear white.


Read more about Flowers for Beneficial Insects.

Download a printable PDF of the Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.

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