Horticulture Tips for January

Consider the following list of garden to-dos for mid-winter.
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Gardening Projects for the Holidays

If you find yourself over the holidays to have an extra vacation day or two at your disposal, and the weather cooperates, here are a few ideas for some gardening projects. Read More...

Heating with Firewood

With the continuing losses mounting in our forest canopy due to the drought, firewood is readily available in our area. Planning and organizing a firewood supply will save you time and headaches during the burning season. Read More...

Tree Pruning Tips

We will soon be approaching the ideal time of year to do corrective pruning on most ornamental shade trees. Please keep the following tips in mind if you do your own tree care. Read More...

Important Garden Dates

With the garden chores mostly completed for the season, now is a good time to begin looking forward to next year. A great way to do that is by noting some key dates on the calendar. Read More...

Protecting Your Young Tree Investment

As we enter into the heart of tree planting season, it might be a good time to review some basic care tips to insure your new trees get off to the best start possible. Read More...

A Special Visitor from a Special Place

Paul Redman, Executive Director of Longwood Gardens will be giving a free public lecture entitled Longwood Gardens: Every Place Tells a Story. Read More...

Giving Your Trees a Chance at Success

Even though we have had a very mild summer by Oklahoma standards, the fact remains that we are still in a drought and our trees continue to pay a very high price. We may not be able to do much about the weather mother nature throws at us, but we can minimize other factors that can also cause our trees and other landscape plants to become susceptible to disease and insects.
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Unsightly Mounds in the Lawn

For the average home lawn, armyworms are not something you need to be concerned about. From calls to the county extension office the typical report is multiple mounds two to four inches in diameter, sometimes with a hole in the center but sometimes without. The most common cause this time of year is the cicada killing wasp. Read More...

Success in Next Year’s Garden Begins Now

Despite our human nature to stop work in the garden at this time of year, fall is the time to focus on caring for your garden soil. Fall cover crops are a great place to start. Read More...

Reviving Tall Fescue Lawns

The summer of 2014 has turned out to be a better than average year for tall fescue lawns for most of our clients. Even so, there is a good chance your cool season lawn may need some rejuvenation to keep it looking its best. Read More...

Bermudagrass Alternatives for the Home Lawn

While bermudagrass is well adapted, it is not the ideal choice for all situations. If bermuda is not working for you, for whatever reason you might try Buffalograss and zoysiagrass. Read More...

Late Summer Lawn Care

If you enjoy a quality lawn, we are quickly approaching an important time of the year for performing key maintenance practices. Read More...

Blossom End Rot on Tomatoes

While most gardeners have reported good growing conditions as of late, one problem has recently cropped up. Like so many issues in the plant world, it is likely weather related. Blossom-end rot often catches growers by surprise as the symptoms appear on the blossom end of the fruit (bottom) and can be easily overlooked. Read More...

An Odd Oak Issue

We had a very unusual sample from an oak tree brought into the Extension office this week. On first glance, the problem could have easily been misdiagnosed as broadleaf herbicide damage as the leaves were curled and misshapen. However, close inspection revealed disfigured veins several times their normal size on the back side of the leaves leading to the diagnosis of vein pocket gall. Read More...

Tomato Issues

Heavy rains can generally cause disease issues for tomatoes in several ways. Knowing and understanding the causes can go a ways towards reducing crop losses due to these diseases. There are a number of OSU Fact Sheets dedicated to this important garden plant. Read More...

Tree Management in Drought

Things are tough right now. If you follow the drought status updates from the National Weather Service, you know that we are already much drier than we were at this time of year in the summer of 2011. With the prospects of drought continuing in mind, please consider the following when caring for your trees. Read More...

Why is My Grass Dead Along the Sidewalk?

Based on our temperatures last winter, we expected to see quite a bit of winter kill, or at least spring dead spot (two different issues). While there are some localized areas that received damage, for the most part, the bermuda came through the winter just fine. One exception to this were areas adjacent to some sidewalks, streets, and driveways. Any guesses why? Read More...

Spring in Oklahoma

It is hard to resist the urging to rush out and plant vegetables early and that is understandable. It is also sometimes wise, as the last two summers have proven. The most successful plantings last year seem to have been those that were in the ground early and matured before our hot, dry spell set in. This strategy can just as easily work against you. One way to minimize the threat of weather extremes is by staggering spring vegetable plantings. Read More...

Fruit Selections for Payne County

Ready to plant fruit trees? I share some cultivars that have proven to do well, or at least better than average, in our area. Read More...

Planting Fruit Trees and Shrubs

Interest in planting fruit trees seems to be on the rise in our area. With this in mind, lets consider how to give your trees the greatest opportunity for success. Read More...

Assessing Winter Damage in the Landscape

This time of year it’s very difficult to know for sure what kind of damage we have until green-up. While we are waiting, lets discuss a few plants you might want to keep your eye on. Read More...

Drought Stressed Tree Update

Despite the timely rains we received throughout much of last year’s growing season, our landscapes are still reeling from the effects of the drought of 2011-2012. Many stressed trees are becoming a significant safety hazard as the decaying limbs continue to break and fall. Before the leaves come out this spring take time now to examine your trees for decay. Read More...

Spring Tips

Consider the following tips to help increase your chances of a successful growing season.
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