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Horticulture Newsletter

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December

December 20, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Investing in Tools
  • Great Plains Growers Conference - January 12-14, 2017
  • Final Newsletter of the Season
  • What to do with the Christmas Tree after Christmas
  • Care of Gift Fruit Baskets
  • Storing Pecans and Other Nuts

 

December 13, 2016

  • Video of the Week: Low Light Indoors?  No Problem!
  • Great Plains Growers Conference - January 12-14, 2017
  • Storing Potatoes in Cold Temperatures
  • Care of Christmas and Thanksgiving Cacti
  • Choosing and Caring for Your Christmas Tree
  • Firewood

 

December 6, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Coldframes and Hotbeds
  • Great Plains Growers Conference
  • Poinsettia Care
  • Mouse Damage to Fruit Trees/Plants
  • Using Old Garden Seed
  • Controlling Volunteer Trees

November

November 29, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Composting: Making Black Gold
  • Kansas Turf Conference in conjunction with KNLA next week
  • Dormant Seeding of Turfgrass
  • What is the "Wild" Shrub with the Bright Red Berries?
  • Compost Pile Maintenance
  • Poor Drainage in Garden Areas

 

November 22, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Choosing the Best Poinsettia
  • Kansas Turf Conference in conjunction with KNLA
  • Water Landscape Plants if Needed
  • Winterizing Strawberry Plants
  • Ashes in the Garden
  • Storing Power Equipment for the Winter

 

November 15, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Plant Amaryllis Bulbs for Winter Color
  • Upcoming Events
  • Reproducing Apple Trees
  • Garden Soil Preparation
  • High pH Soils and What to do with Them
  • Iron Chlorosis and Calcareous Soils
  • Why Do Houseplants Lose Leaves After Being Brought Inside?

 

November 8, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Cleaning Extends the Life of Garden Tools
  • Soil Prep Now for Peas Next Spring
  • Fall Care of Peonies
  • Begin Rabbit Protection Now
  • Horseradish
  • Knotweed Control
  • Potential Problems with a Warm Fall 

November 1, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Spider Plants and Exotic Ferns
  • Winterizing Roses
  • Winter Care of Houseplants
  • Draining Hoses and Irrigation Lines
  • Keep Compost Pile Moist
  • Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

 

October

October 25, 2016

  • Will Fall Mums Last Through the Winter?
  • Fall Color of Trees
  • There is Still Time to Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs
  • Perennial Garden Clean-up
  • Harvesting and Curing Black Walnut
  • Preserving Garden Tools

 

October 18, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Storing Tender Bulbs for the Winter
  • Kansas Turfgrass Conference in conjunction with  KNLA
  • Control Broadleaf Weeds in Lawns in Late October - Early November
  • Why Late Lawn Seedings Often Fail
  • Tucking Your Lawnmower in for the Winter
  • Hardiness of Cool-Season Vegetables
  • "Apples" on an Ornamental Shrub

 

October 11, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Planting Bulbs for Spring Color
  • 2016 Fall Orchid Show - November 5 & 6
  • Pruning Trees and Shrubs in the Fall
  • Is it a Maple or an Oak?
  • Work Garden Soil in the Fall
  • Fall is a Good Time for Soil Testing
  • Amending Soils with Sand

 

October 4, 2016 

  • Video of the Week: Overwintering Geraniums
  • Kansas Forest Service Seedlings Available Now
  • Last Tomatoes of the Season
  • Fall Planting of Asparagus and Rhubarb
  • Peppers from the Garden
  • Should You Let Turf Grow Tall in the Fall
  • Frost on Lawns


September

September 27, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Storing and Preserving Peppers
  • Fall Armyworms on Turfgrass
  • Fruit Planting Preparation
  • Fertilize Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Preventing Sunscald on Thin-Barked Trees
  • Questions on Ornamental Grasses
  • Garlic Planting Time

 

September 20, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Protecting Fruit Trees from Deer
  • Time to Plant Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • Rotation of Vegetable Crops
  • Planting Trees in the Fall
  • Adding Organic Materials Directly to the Garden
  • Moving Houseplants Inside for Winter
  • Itch Mites are Back

 

September 13, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Cuttings to Grow Inside for the Winter
  • Lawn Seeding Deadline Nears
  • Harvesting Sweet Potatoes
  • Ornamental Sweet Potatoes
  • Reblooming Christmas and Thanksgiving Cacti
  • Mimosa Webworm

 

September 6, 2016

  • Video of the Week: Fertilize for a Healthy Lawn
  • Storing Apples
  • Peonies with the "Measles" and Powdery Mildew
  • Garden Spiders
  • Harvesting and Roasting Sunflower Seed
  • Little Barley in Lawns

 

August

August 30, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Tips on Harvesting Pears
  • Fall Lawn Seeding Tips
  • Overseeding a Lawn
  • Power Raking and Core-Aeration
  • Dividing Peonies
  • Twig Dieback on Oak
  • Spring Flowering Shrubs

 

August 23, 2016

  • Video of the Week: Ornamental Grasses have Interesting Seedheads
  • Give Cool-Season Grasses a Boost
  • Common Smut on Sweet Corn
  • Dividing Daylilies
  • Likely Too Late to Spray for Bagworms
  • Mycosphaerella Leaf Spot on Ash
  • Are Crabapples Safe to Eat

 

August 16, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Storing and Preserving Peppers
  • Preparations for Fall Lawn Planting
  • Turf in Shade
  • Peonies May be Cut Back Now
  • Pear Harvest
  • Codling Moth Control
  • Twig Girdlers

 

August 9, 2016

  • Video of the Week: When is a Watermelon Ripe on the Vine?
  • K-State Vegetable Research Field Day, Olathe
  • Harvesting Winter Squash
  • Fertilize Strawberries
  • Recommended Tall Fescue Cultivars
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Variety Selection for Cool-Season Lawns
  • Dutch Elm Disease
  • Pine Tip Moth

 

August 2, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  When is Cantaloupe Ripe on the Vine?
  • Turfgrass Field Day, Manhattan - August 4
  • K-State Vegetable Research Field Day, Olathe - August 15
  • When are Apples Ready to Pick?
  • Peaches:  Pitburn and Split Pits
  • Fall Gardens
  • Chiggers
  • Pokeweed
  • Pesticide Effectiveness

 

July

July 26, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  When to Harvest Eggplant
  • Upcoming Events
  • Tomatoes Slow to Ripen
  • Bitter Cucumbers
  • How to Pick a Ripe Melon
  • Watering Fruit Plants in Hot Summers
  • Cicada Killer Wasps
  • Fall Webworm

July 19, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Spider Mites on Tomatoes
  • Upcoming Events
  • Weird Squash, Cucumbers or Melons
  • Oak Lace Bug
  • Raccoons and Sweet Corn
  • Sweet Corn Earworm
  • Blister Beetles
  • Geraniums and Petunias Beware of the Tobacco Budworm
  • Squash Vine Borer

July 12, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Dividing Iris
  • Upcoming Events
  • Heat Stops Tomatoes from Setting Fruit
  • Spider Mites on Tomatoes
  • When to Pick Peaches
  • Green June Beetles
  • Dividing Iris
  • What's in a Name?

 

July 5, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Mulch - Trees Need to Breathe
  • Upcoming Events
  • Bermudagrass Control
  • Prop Up Fruit Tree Limbs if Needed
  • Summer Branch Drop
  • Hornworms on Tomatoes
  • Walnut Caterpillars
  • Squash Bug Control

 

 June

June 28, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Harvesting and Storing Onions
  • Upcoming Events
  • Pulling Onions
  • Vegetables Produce Flowers but no Fruit
  • Blossom End Rot
  • Harvesting Potatoes
  • Is My Lawn Still Alive?
  • Trees Losing Leaves

 

June 21, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Water-Wise Way to Irrigate Trees
  • Grub Control in Lawns
  • Tomato Leaf-Spot Diseases
  • Squash Bugs
  • Euonymus Scale
  • Japanese Beetles
  • Leaf Scorch on Trees
  • Inexpensive Method of Watering Trees
  • Watering May be Needed this Summer

 

June 14, 2016

  • Video of the Week: Tomato Problems
  • Little Barley in Lawns
  • Brown Patch in Tall Fescue Lawns Publication
  • Fruit Reminders
  • Cherry Leaf Spot
  • New Potatoes
  • Deadheading Flowers
  • Plant Something in June
  • Jumping Oak Galls
  • Colorado Potato Beetle

 

June 7, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Controlling Bagworms
  • Brown Rot of Stone Fruits
  • Sidedressing Annual Flowers
  • Spring-Flowering Bulb Foliage can be Removed
  • European Fruit Lecanium Scale
  • Oak Vein Pocket Gall
  • After Effects of Too Much Rain
  • Ticks
  • Still Early to Treat Bagworms

May

May 31, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Controlling Clover in Your Lawn
  • Thatch Control in Warm-Season Lawns
  • Mulching Tomatoes
  • Reducing Fruit Numbers on Apples Trees
  • Iris Bacterial Soft Rot
  • Spirea Aphid
  • Sidedressing Chart Available
  • Squirrel Damage to Trees
  • Flooding Damage

 

May 24, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Too Wet to Mow the Lawn
  • Time to Fertilize Warm-Season Grasses
  • Fireblight on Apple and pear
  • Fuzz on Pin Oak Leaves
  • Rust on Hollyhock
  • Cucumber Beetles and Bacterial Wilt

May 17, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Harvesting Lettuce
  • Controlling Yellow Nutsedge in Lawns
  • Anthracnose on Sycamore
  • Straw Bale Gardening

 May 10, 2016

  • Garden Tour in Kansas City Area
  • 'Staggering' Sweet Corn Planting
  • Thinning Excess Fruit
  • Cabbage Worms
  • Bristly Rose Slug
  • Ladybird Beetles
  • Vein Pocket Galls on Oak
  • Moving Houseplants Outside for the Summer
  • Rabbits in the Garden

 May 3, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Hydrangea - Macrophylla
  • Fertilize Irrigated Cool-Season Lawns in May
  • Be on the Lookout for Peach Leaf Curl and Plum Pocket
  •  Fruit Sprays and Spray Water pH
  • Blackspot on Roses
  • Excessive Rain Can Cause Leaf Problems
  • Recent Rains Trigger Mushroom Development
  • Aphids
  • Sawfly Larvae on Ash

April

April 26, 2016

  • Video of the Week: Supertunias Grow Big
  • Sweet Corn Primer
  • Powdery Mildew on Lawns
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Termites or Ants
  • Storm Damage and the Garden
  • Field Bindweed Control
  • Poison Ivy Identification and Control

 April 19, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Growing Vegetables in Containers
  • John C. Pair Center Job Announcement
  • Keep Mower Blades Sharp
  • Orchardgrass in Tall Fescue Lawns
  • Fertilizing Cole Crops
  • Fertilizing Strawberries and Brambles
  • Fruit Tree Sprays and Rain
  • Asparagus Beetles

 April 12, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Butterfly Gardening
  • Fertilizing Blueberries
  • Controlling Weeds in Strawberries
  • Help for New Vegetable Gardeners
  • Controlling Wild Violets in Lawns
  • Ash/Lilac Borer
  • Mole Control
  • Butterfly Gardening

 April 5, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Crabgrass Prevention in Lawns
  • Blanching Cauliflower
  • Setting up Water Teepees
  • Fertilizing Grapes
  • Fertilizing the Home Orchard
  • Seeding Cool-Season Lawns in the Sprping
  • First Generation Nantucket Pine Tip Moth
  • Henbit and Chickweed in Lawns

March

March 29, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Self-Watering Planter Saves Time
  • Proper Timing of Crabgrass Preventers
  • How Low Should You Go?
  • Starting Tomatoes Early
  • Laying Plastic Mulch
  • Transplant Solutions and Sidedressing
  • Organic Sources of Nitrogen Fertilizer

 March 22, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Caring for Knockout Roses
  • Hands-on Mushroom Cultivation Workshop
  • Frost Proof Vegetable Plants
  • Asparagus Time
  • Herbicides for Home Vegetable Gardens
  • Apple Tree Sprays
  • Core Aeration of Cool-Season Lawns
  • Hackberry Psyllid, The Tiny "Gnat" Invading Homes

 March 15, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Frost Tolerance of Apricots and Peaches
  • Controlling Weeds in Home Garden Asparagus Beds
  • Remove Fern and Fertilize Asparagus
  • Preventing Weeds in Flower Beds
  • Managing Turf in Shade
  • Brown Coloration on Junipers
  • Adding Organic Matter in the Spring

 March 8, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Pruning Grape Vines
  • Time to Plant Potatoes Approaching
  • Rhubarb
  • Pruning Raspberries and Blackberries
  • Strawberry Mulch Removal
  • An Old-Time concoction for Mildew Control on Peaches
  • Nightcrawlers in the Lawn

 March 1, 2016

  • Video of the Week: Growing Asparagus
  • Tomato Trial
  • Bolting and Buttoning in Cole Crop Plants
  • Cut Back Ornamental Grasses
  • Pruning Deciduous Shrubs
  • Repotting Houseplants
  • Plants Breaking Dormancy Early

February

February 23, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Soil Testing:  Using Test Strips
  • Growing Blueberries
  • Blueberries in Containers
  • Lettuce
  • Lawn Calendar for Warm-Season Grasses
  • Lawn Calendar for Buffalograss
  • Iris Leaf Spot Control Starts Now

 February 16, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  How to Make a Grow Light
  • Planting Asparagus
  • What Fruit Trees to Plant?
  • Soil Temperatures and Vegetables
  • Fertilizing Spring-flowering Bulbs
  • An Easy Way to Propagate Houseplants
  • Leaching Houseplants

 February 9, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  How to Water Succulents and Cacti
  • Lawn Calendar for Cool-Season Grasses
  • Handling Tips for Valentine's Day Roses
  • Soil Testing
  • Soil Tests When Soils are Wet
  • What a Soil Test Does Not Tell You

February 2, 2016
  • Video of the Week:  Tips for Growing Blueberries
  • RetailWorks 2016
  • Approaching Time for Peach Leaf Curl Control
  • Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Pruning Overgrown Apple Trees
  • Check Plants for Sale Insects
  • Fungus Gnats

January

January 26, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Easy Care Plants
  • RetailWorks 2016
  • Late Blooming and Frost Resistant Peach Trees
  • Cloning Apple Trees
  • Use a Planting Calendar
  • Miniature Roses
  • Plants Recommended for Kansas

January 19, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Flower Bed Design
  • RetailWorks 2016
  • Fruit Trees and Frost
  • Dutch Elm Disease Resistant American Elms
  • Start Trees Off Right
  • Pawpaw Trees:  A Native Fruit
  • Bird Feeding
  • Growing Your Own Firewood

 January 12, 2016

  • Video of the Week:  Indoor Palms
  • Upcoming Events
  • All-American Selection Winners for 2016
  • Caddo Sugar Maples
  • African Violet Troubles
  • Newer Lights Available for Indoor Gardeners

 January 5, 2016

  • Upcoming Events
  • Horticulture 2015 Indexed
  • Starting Onion Plants Indoors
  • Starting Garden Transplants from Seed
  • Using Old Garden Seed
  • Forcing Paperwhite Bulbs
  • Vegetable and Flower Seeding Table