Winter burn on both broadleaved and needled evergreens is extensive this spring. Samples coming into the Plant Diagnostic Lab as well as calls to Extension’s Education Center -- and an informal windshield survey – show that no species was spared. When spring arrived, rhododendrons were the first to show symptoms (bleached and rolled leaves, marginal browning, flower bud desiccation and shoot dieback) in early March, soon followed by inkberry holly.
Memorial Day usually brings friends and family over for long-weekend cookouts. Hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, fruit and more can be served and enjoyed by all! However, it is important to practice food safety, especially as the weather heats up, to avoid anyone getting sick this holiday weekend.
The four key components of food safety that we want to remember are cook, chill, clean and separate.