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Yellow ground covers, flowers and shrubs are a wonderful way to brighten your landscape. Yellow is the most visible color of all the colors; it is the first color that the human eye notices. Yellow flowers and plants are like rays of sunshine and come in many sizes and shades, ranging from p…

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s plant protection and weed control program this week confirmed the presence of a plant disease in hundreds of rhododendrons sold at large retail stores in Kansas. Sudden Oak Death is a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and other native s…

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Have you ever noticed your windbreak covered in bagworms in the late summer months? If you know you have had bagworms in the past, now is the time of year to control them. River Valley Extension District Horticulture Agent Kelsey Hatesohl will be talking about their life cycle and the best m…

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Almost everyone agrees that store-bought tomatoes don’t have much flavor. Now, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service and the Boyce Thompson Institute may have spotlighted the solution in a paper just published in Nature Genetics

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Nebraska Extension is offering a new opportunity to help homeowners get the answers they need following Nebraska’s historic flooding. The Lawn & Landscapes Flood Recovery hotline and video chat will be available May 13 to 18 to provide information on flood-related lawn and landscape topics.

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Yard waste makes up a third of municipal solid waste, behind paper products and food. Estimates show that the average lawn produces about 1,500 pounds of grass clippings each year. A mature tree drops about 3,600 pounds of leaves annually.

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On April 27 at the Burlington Library on 321 14th Street in Burlington, Colorado, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., plan to attend a Seed Saving Workshop in support of the Burlington’s Seed Lending Library. Learn how to grow vegetable varieties you never thought you could have in your vegetable garde…

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Are you interested in gardening? Plants? Getting your hands dirty in the soil? Then the Master Gardener Training is for you. The 2019 Master Gardener Class is a twelve week program that covers topics like soil science, lawn management, insect and disease control, growing vegetables, home fru…

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River Valley Extension District is partnering with Post Rock District to offer fruit tree workshops. This workshop will be held in two locations. The first will be held at Mankato Christian Church in Mankato, Kansas. The second workshop will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church in Glasco, Kansas.

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Although commonly used in landscapes as an ornamental because of the showy white flowers in early spring and beautiful fall foliage, the callery pear is not a great choice for homeowners. In addition, it is known to be an invasive species.

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For everyone who receives vases of flowers on Valentine’s Day, or anytime of the year, here are a couple of tips and tricks to help get the most out of your flowers. Follow these helpful guidelines to help extend the life of your flowers.

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Site selection and soil preparation are important factors in planting rose bushes, but there are even greater questions. Is it better to plant bare root or potted roses? Should you purchase locally, order from a catalog, or grab a rose from the hot parking lot at the big box store? And what …

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Persons of all ages are invited to attend a Farm and Ranch Estate Planning Workshop hosted by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension. This workshop will be on Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Community Building, Red Willow County Fairgrounds, McCook, Nebraska.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment will host a regional workshop Parsons on Feb. 2 at the Southeast Research and Extension Center. This is one of six regional workshops that are being held this winter to as…

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Are you yearning for spring and the growing season? Beat the winter doldrums by attending Nebraska Extension Master Gardener classes starting Jan. 29 in North Platte in person at the UNL West Central Research and Extension Center at 402 W. State Farm Road, or delivered online to citizens in …

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The Cleveland County Master Gardener Association will be conducting a class on “The Art and Science of Pruning Trees.”  It will take place at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 in Room “C” at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. This event is free and open to the public, with no reservations required. 

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Amaryllis is the perfect last-minute gift for young and old, says University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein. “Plants make thoughtful gifts at this time of the year, or simply represent a good way of rewarding yourself for an accomplishment,” he said.

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The holiday season is filled with traditions and customs involving plants, notes University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein.

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Much of the November list of garden tasks is taken from the OSU Extension Publication, HLA-6408—Landscape Maintenance Schedule. This maintenance schedule is a checklist which emphasizes prevention rather than remediation. Some of the topics mentioned below have individual fact sheets availab…

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Spring is pruning time. That’s the time of year when new growth stimulated by the pruning process will be the most successful. There are some that will claim, however, that you should “prune whenever your pruners are sharp.” While that may be (mostly) true, there are some cautions you need t…

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Imagine purchasing a nice, new home, only to have a large, old oak tree fall on your roof a few weeks later. Or imagine learning that an old poplar tree is plagued with dangerous root rot, and will cost $6,000 to be removed.

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The amount of plant breeding and plant breeders seems endless. But will a newly developed cultivar behave the way it is designed? Will the perennial revert back to a parent plant in the cross? Will it become invasive in our gardens? Trials, time and planting in a garden landscape will be the…

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It was at the end of the growing season. I had just created terraces behind my home. It was too late for a fall garden. I asked Ray Ridlen, the County Extension Educator and Master Gardener advisor at the time, if I should mulch the terraces before winter. His answer was, “Yes, that would be…

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Dandelions. One of the tell-tale signs in the lawn that spring has arrived. Problem is: it’s an unwanted sign.

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If your passport has expired or you simply do not have the time to fly around the world to learn about horticulture in other countries, you are in luck. Instead, make plans to attend the Global Horticulture Conference at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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Years of work to establish young pine trees, only to have them devastated by pine wilt has on more than one occasion caused windbreak owners to express great frustration. The devastation it has caused to our pine based windbreaks has made many a landowner pretty hesitant to consider pine pla…

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A substantial and critical part of a landscape tree is out of sight. If you want healthy trees, then you need to keep gardening outside of your tree’s root zone.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service researchers have selectively bred carrots with pigments that reflect almost all colors of the rainbow. More importantly, though, they're very good for your health. (ARS photo by Steve Ausmus.)

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Much of the October list of garden tasks is taken from the OSU Extension Publication, HLA-6408—Landscape Maintenance Schedule with additional information added. This maintenance schedule is a checklist which emphasizes prevention rather than remediation. Some of the topics mentioned below ha…

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With fall quickly approaching it’s hard to think about next spring, but now is the time to plant those spring-flowering bulbs we all love. The best time to plant spring-flowering bulbs is in late September through October. It is an excellent time to plant bulbs such as crocus, tulips, and da…

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Two weedy vines are receiving a lot of attention this year. Both can be found in our shrubs, trees and fences. If left un-managed, they can smother out shrubs and trees by preventing the tree leaves from photosynthesizing and eventually killing them, especially evergreen trees.

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Because spider mites like hot and dry weather, populations continue to wreak havoc on our garden crops. Tomatoes, in particular, seem to be bearing the brunt of spider mite pressure this year.

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Roses present one of my biggest gardening challenges. Over the years all my attempts have been thwarted by disease, ice storms, ignorance and, frankly, laziness.

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Even with welcome August rainfall in some areas, hot, dry summer weather took a toll on many a homeowner’s lawn. September is a good time to build toward healthier, thicker tall fescue grass for next year by adding grass seed to your existing lawn, or overseeding, a Kansas State University s…

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I’ve been reading lately, seasonally appropriate diversions on summertime lawn and garden subjects, about obsessive compulsive lawn owners checking individual blades of grass many times a day, some even creeping out in the nighttime temperatures, looking with flashlights to see if their blad…

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Alfred E. “Al” Einert, who established the ornamental horticulture teaching and research programs at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the U of A’s Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, died Aug. 22 in Fayetteville. He was 79.

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Much of the September list of garden tasks is taken from the OSU Extension Publication, HLA-6408—Landscape Maintenance Schedule with additional information added. This maintenance schedule is a checklist which emphasizes prevention rather than remediation. Some of the topics mentioned below …