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2013 Newsletters

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December

December 17, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Cleaning Extends the Life of Garden Tools
  • Final Newsletter of the Season
  • Upcoming Events
  • Poinsettia History
  • Care of Gift Fruit Baskets
  • What to do with the Christmas Tree After Christmas
  • Ice Melters

December 10, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Do-It-Yourself Holiday Gifts
  • Great Plains Growers Conference
  • Retail Works:  Spring Training for Garden Center
  • Care of Christmas and Thanksgiving Cacti
  • Controlling Volunteer Trees
  • Storing Pecans and Other Nuts

December 3, 2013

November

November 26, 2013

November 19, 2013

  • Video of the Weed:  Adding Organic Matter Improves Soil
  • Kansas Turfgrass Conference
  • Great Plains Growers Conference
  • Retail Works:  Spring Training for the Garden Centers
  • Poinsettia Care
  • Garden Soil Preparation - It's Not Too Late
  • High pH Soils and What to do With Them
  • Horseradish
  • Winterizing Garden Hand Tools
  • Iron Chlorosis and Calcareous Soils

November 12, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Protecting Roses for the Winter
  • Kansas Turfgrass Conference
  • Fall Care of Peonies
  • Winterizing Roses
  • What is the "Wild" Shrub with the Bright Red Berries?
  • Knotweed Control
  • Soil Prep Now for Peas Next Spring

November 5, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Transforming Leaves from Trash to Treasure
  • A Time for Stunning Fall Color
  • Millipede Invasion
  • Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
  • Winter Care of Houseplants
  • Keep Compost Pile Moist
  • Draining Hoses and Irrigation Lines

October 

October 29, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Will Fall Mums Last Through the Winter?
  • Tree Workshops
  • Introduction to Wine-Grape Growing Workshops to be Offered
  • Apply Late-Season Nitrogen Application in November
  • There is Still Time to Plant Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Perennial Garden Clean-up
  • Pruning Trees and Shrubs in the Fall

October 22, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Storing Tender Bulbs for the Winter
  • Control Broadleaf Weeds in Lawns in Late October - Early November
  • Tucking Your Lawnmower in for the Winter
  • Hardiness of Cool-Season Vegetables
  • Tree Leaves and Turf
  • Preserving Garden Tools

October 15, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Low Tunnels Extend the Growing Season
  • Kansas Turfgrass Conference
  • Why Late Lawn Seedings Often Fail
  • Should You Let Your Turf Grow Tall in the Fall?
  • Why Isn't My Red Maple Red?
  • Garden Mums
  • Winter Storage of Summer Bulbs

October 8, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  How to Plant a Tree
  • Peppers from the Garden
  • Fall Planting of Asparagus & Rhubarb
  • Rotation of Vegetable Crops
  • Frost on Lawns
  • Twig Girdlers
  • Fall is a Good Time for Soil Testing

October 1, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Planting Bulbs for Spring Color
  • Last Tomatoes of the Season
  • Questions on Ornamental Grasses
  • Why Did the White-Lined sphinx Caterpillar Cross the Road?
  • Amending Soils with Sand
  • Work Garden Soil in the Fall

September

September 24, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Oak Trees - A Good Choice for Years to Come
  • Time to Plant Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Fertilize Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Weeds in Lawns
  • Preventing Sunscald on Thin-Barked Trees
  • Harvesting and Curing Black Walnut

September 17, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Tree Selection Tips
  • Lawn Seeding Deadline Nears
  • Fruit Planting Preparation
  • Planting Trees in the Fall
  • Garlic Planting Time
  • Moving Houseplants Inside for the Winter

September 10, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Saving Flower Seed
  • Vegetable Production Twilight Meeting
  • Watering Landscape Plants
  • Asparagus and Rhubarb in the Autumn Season
  • Harvesting Sweet Potatoes
  • Reblooming Christmas and Thanksgiving Cacti
  • Controlling Grassy Sandbur
  • Ornamental Sweet Potatoes
  • Spotted Wing Drosophila: Another New Insect Pest

September 3, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Fertilize in the Fall for a Healthy Lawn
  • Power Raking and Core Aeration
  • Little Barley in Lawns
  • Trees Coloring Early
  • Storing Apples
  • Planting Fall Containers
  • Harvesting & Roasting Sunflower Seeds

August

August 27, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Overseeding Your Lawn
  • Fertilize Strawberries
  • Harvesting Winter Squash
  • Dividing  Peonies
  • Peonies May be Cut Back Now
  • Impatiens Downy Mildew
  • Harlequin Bug
  • Pokeweed

August 20, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  High Quality Grass Seed; Worth the Extra Cost
  • Overseeding a Lawn
  • Fall Lawn Seeding Tip
  • Twig Dieback on Oak
  • Mycosphaerella Leaf Spot on Ash
  • Pear Harvest
  • Panicle Hydrangea

August 13, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Yellow Nutsedge Control in Lawns
  • Give Cool-Season Grasses a Boost
  • For Seeding Success, Pay Attention to "Other Crop" on the Seed Label
  • When are Apples Ready to Pick?
  • Mosquitoes
  • Dividing Daylilies
  • Flooding Damage

 

August 6, 2013

  • Video of the Week: Planting a Fall Garden
  • Bitter Cucumbers
  • Hard Core in Tomatoes
  • Slime Molds
  • Recommended Tall Fescue Varieties
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Variety Selection for Cool-Season Lawns
  • Oh...No...Japanese Beetles are Here!
  • Elm Leaf Beetle

July

July 30, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Tomato Problems, Part 2
  • Turf & Ornamentals Field Day - August 1
  • How to Pick a Ripe Melon
  • Budworms on Garden Plants
  • Green June Beetle
  • Stink Bugs on Tomatoes, Part 2
  • Cicada Killer Wasps

July 23, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Tomato Problems
  • Upcoming Events
  • Grape and Wine Workshops
  • Tomato Cracking
  • Fall Gardening:  Cole Crops
  • When to Pick Peaches
  • Blister Beetles
  • Emerald Ash Borer Confirmed in Johnson County, KS
  • Hornworms on Tomatoes

July 16, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Dividing Iris
  • Upcoming Events
  • Watering Fruit Plants in Hot Summers
  • Tan or White Drupelets on Blackberry and Raspberry Fruit
  • Dividing Iris
  • Tomato Fruit Problems
  • Buffalograss Webworms
  • Boxwood Spider Mite
  • Walnut Caterpillars

July 9, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Onions - Harvesting and Storing
  • Upcoming Events
  • Bermudagrass Control
  • Harvesting Potatoes
  • Pulling Onions
  • Tomatoes and Stinkbugs
  • Blossom-end Rot
  • When to Pick Blackberries
  • Get Ready to Deal with the Twospotted Spider Mite
  • Japanese Beetles are now in Manhattan

July 2, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Tips for Using Natural Pesticides
  • Bumps on Tomato Stems
  • Vegetables Produce Flowers But No Fruit
  • Cherry Leaf Spot
  • Grub Control
  • Squash Vine Borer
  • Pruning Storm Damaged Trees
  • Lower My Water Bill, Please!

June

June 25, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Watering Young Trees
  • Upcoming Events
  • Correction Regarding Rose Rosette Article
  • Strawberry Bed Renewal
  • Ladybird Beetles
  • Grasshopper Control
  • How Healthy is My Tree?
  • Little Barley in Lawns
  • Herbicide Damage to Trees and Shrubs

June 18, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Controlling Bagworms
  • Do Not Over-Fertilize Tomatoes
  • Physiological Leaf Curl in Tomatoes
  • Tomato Leaf-Spot Diseases
  • Onions Developing
  • Rose Rosette
  • Squash Bugs
  • Bean Leaf Beetle
  • What is that Giant Moth?
  • Slime Mold

June 11, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Succession Planting of Vegetables
  • Upcoming Events
  • Thatch Control in Warm-season Lawns
  • New Potatoes
  • Pinching Mums
  • Fruit Reminders
  • Ash Flower Gall
  • Bristly Rose Slugs
  • Get Ready for Bagworms

June 4, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Mulching
  • Sidedressing Annual Flowers
  • Be on the Lookout for Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pocket
  • Butterfly Bush
  • Rust on Hollyhock
  • Excessive Rain Can Cause Yellowing or Death of Plants
  • Velvet Mites

May

May 28, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Spread Fertilizer Evenly on Lawn
  • Time to Fertilize Warm-Season Grasses
  • Too Wet to Mow the Lawn
  • Aphids on Roses
  • Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt
  • Oak Galls
  • Sawfly Larvae Ash
  • Fireblight
  • Helping Roundup Products Work


 

May 21, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Efficient Water Use in the Garden
  • Mulching Tomatoes
  • "Staggering' Sweetcorn Planting
  • Tops of Pine Trees Dying
  • Controlling Yellow Nutsedge in Lawns
  • Control Prostrate Spurge
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Pine Needle Scale
  • Pine Sawfly


May 14, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Prairie Plants Hardy for Kansas
  • Plant Annual Flowers by Soil Temperature
  • Fruit Sprays and Spray Water pH
  • Cabbage Worms
  • Sowbugs and Pillbugs
  • Recent Rains Trigger Mushroom Development
  • Moving Houseplants Outside for the Summer

May 7, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Maximizing Your Garden Space
  • Upcoming Events
  • Protecting New Vegetable Transplants from the Wind
  • Blackspot of Roses
  • Ash/Lilac Borer
  • Fertilizing Grapes
  • Rabbits in the Garden

 April

April 30, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Beautiful Flowers Start with Plants Adapted for Kansas
  • Fruit Tree Sprays and Rain
  • Red Plastic Mulch and Tomatoes
  • Rhubarb Harvest and Seedstalks
  • Sweet Lilacs
  • Asparagus Beetles
  • Termites or Ants

April 23, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Selecting Shrubs for Your Home
  • Setting Out Tomato Plants Early
  • Help for New Vegetable Gardeners
  • Growing Blueberries
  • Fertilizing Blueberries
  • Fertilizing Strawberries and Brambles
  • Field Bindweed Control


April 16, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Herbs for the Kitchen
  • Horticulture Club  Bedding Plant Sale
  • Henbit and Chickweed in Lawns
  • Orchard Grass in Tall Fescue Lawns
  • Accumulated Stress Taking a Toll on Trees
  • Fruit Bud Damage from Cold Temperatures
  • Checking for Fruit Bud Damage
  • Eliminating Unwanted Fruit From Trees
  • Controlling Grassy Weeds in Broadleaf Plants


 

April 9, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Poison Ivy
  • Fertilizing Cole Crops
  • Keep Mower Blades Sharp
  • Transplant Solutions and Sidedressing
  • Use a String Line and Planting Board
  • Poison Ivy Identification and Control


 

April 2, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Crabgrass Prevention in Lawns
  • Planting Easter Lilies Outside
  • Let's See Some Blooms
  • Controlling Weeds in Strawberries
  • Fertilizing the Home Orchard
  • Proper Timing for Crabgrass Preventers
  • Seeding Cool-Season Lawns in the Spring
  • What a Difference a Year Makes

 

March

 

March 26, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Growing Asparagus
  • Asparagus Time
  • Onions, Cabbage and Broccoli Can be Planted Soon
  • Apple Tree Sprays
  • Pruning Hybrid-Tea Roses
  • Ten Rules for Planting Trees

March 19, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Planting Fruit Trees
  • Prune Fruit Trees Now
  • Pruning Young Fruit Trees
  • Starting Tomatoes Early
  • Applying Organic Matter in the Spring
  • Laying Plastic Mulch


 

March 12, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Making Your Own Seed Tape
  • Fertilizing Perennial Flowers
  • Frost Proof Vegetable Plants
  • Rhubarb
  • Pruning Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Managing Turf in Shade
  • Wild Garlic, Wild Onion and Star-of-Bethlehem


March 5, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Strawberries; Removing Straw Mulch
  • Bolting and Buttoning in Cole Crop Plants
  • Time to Plant Potatoes Approaching
  • Strawberry Planting and Mulch Removal
  • An Old-Time Concoction for Mildew Control on Peach
  • Pruning Deciduous Shrubs
  • The Race for Spring is On!
  • Soil Tests When Soils are Wet

 

February

 

February 26, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Coldframes and Hotbeds
  • Lawn Calendar for Warm-Season Grasses
  • Correcting Iron Chlorosis in Trees
  • Don't Work Soil Too Wet
  • Coldframes and Hotbeds
  • Heirloom Tomato Study


 

February 19, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Spring Clean-up of Perennial Beds
  • Tips for Gardeners New to Growing Transplants
  • Lettuce
  • What Fruit Trees to Plant?
  • Iris Leaf Spot Control Starts Now
  • Repotting Houseplants
  • An Easy Way to Propagate Houseplants


 

February 12, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Butterfly Gardening
  • Fertilizing Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Flowers for Valentine's Day
  • Lawn Calendar for Cool-season Grasses
  • Soil Testing
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • Call for Local Sources of Vegetable Seed


 

February 5, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Growing Fruit in a Small Landscape
  • Some Fruit Trees Need Pollinators
  • Dormant Oil Sprays for Fruit Trees
  • Fungus Gnats
  • Check Plants for Scale Insects
  • Leaching Houseplants

 

January 

January 29, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Paperwhite for Winter Fragrance
  • Cloning Apple Trees
  • Collect Scion Wood Now
  • Sources for Tomato Seed
  • Use a Planting Calendar
  • Rabbit Resistant Flowers
  • Plants Recommended for Kansas


 

January 22, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Vegetables:  Planning Your Priorities
  • Starting Onion Plants Indoors
  • Start Trees Off Right
  • Boxelder Bugs Inside the Home
  • Pecan Blog
  • Bird Feeding
  • Bringing Houseplants Down to Size
  • Growing Your Own Firewood


 

January 15, 2013

  • Video of the Week:  Investing in Soil and Water
  • How Much Can a Vegetable Garden Save in Food Costs?
  • All-America Selection Winners for 2013
  • Now is a Good Time to Design Your Landscape
  • Plants Deer Don't Like
  • Newer Fluorescent Lights Available for Indoor Gardeners


January 8, 2013

  • Video of the week: Easy to Make Grow Light
  • Horticulture 2012 Indexed
  • Starting Plants from Seed
  • Vegetables and Flowers Seeding Table
  • Using Old Garden Seed
  • The Many Faces of Witchhazel
  • Conservation Trees from the Kansas Forest Service


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