Tidewater Times October 2018

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by K. Marc Teffeau, Ph.D.

Fall Has Arrived There is a crispness in the air, daylight is growing shorter and the explosive colors of red, orange and yellow are appearing in the landscape. Here on the Shore, the geese are starting to take f light for their long journey. When I was the county Extension Agent in Talbot County, I would always get phone calls in October from homeowners who

were concerned about their pine trees suddenly turning brown. They noticed that the needles on the insides of the branches were turning brown and dropping. In October, we expect the leaves of deciduous trees to start falling to the ground, but we don’t expect the same occurrence from evergreen shrubs and trees. The reason pines, rhododendrons,