Extending the Vegetable Gardening Season

If producing vegetables earlier and later into the season appeals to you, consider installing some low-cost protection in the form of a modified cold frame which can create a modified environment that stays warm enough to protect plants from all but the most severe cold weather events. Read More...

Garden Catalog Season

For the passionate gardener, some of the most exciting holiday gifts begin arriving in the mail right after the first of the New Year. Garden catalogs filled with promises of spring and new growth are marvelous substitutes for the warmth of summer sunshine. Read More...

Reclaiming Wooded Areas from Redcedar Trees

The Payne County Extension Office typically gets several calls a year from clients wishing to renovate acreage overwhelmed with redcedar trees. We are happy to help... Read More...

Tree Pruning Basics

We are approaching the ideal time of year to prune deciduous shade trees. If you decide to do your own work, please keep the following tips in mind. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for December

Even though landscape maintenance may be a low priority on your “to do” list in December, there are a few things to consider this time of year that can pay big dividends when next spring rolls around. Read More...

Leaf Management

Leaf clean-up season has arrived. Depending on your point of view, leaf drop can be anything from a welcome sign that summer is really over to a minor inconvenience to a major landscaping challenge. Here are a couple of tips to help your landscape get the most out of the circumstances. Read More...

Growing Fruit and Nut Trees from Seed

As pecan harvest begins, people are asking if they can plant pecans from a favorite tree that will produce the same nuts as the tree grows? We occasionally get the same question about fruit trees. The short answer is probably not. Hopefully this will help explain why: Read More...

Protecting Newly Planted Trees

Even though the drought of 2011-2015 is on its way to being a rarely mentioned historical event, our trees are still suffering the consequences and we will likely continue to lose more than normal over the next several years. We need to continue to plant young trees with the assumption that some of our older trees will be failing soon. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for November

As November arrives, consider the following landscape and gardening tips: Read More...

The Ups and Downs of October Weather

Be prepared for the big swings in our fall weather, learn how those swings can affect our landscape plants, and learn what (if anything) we can do to minimize problems associated with those swings. Read More...

Preparing Container Plants for Moving Indoors

An important factor when moving tender plants indoors for the winter is to rid your plants of any pests that can become a problem after being moved indoors. Read More...

Sycamore Tree Damage

From a landscape pest perspective, 2016 has turned out to be the year of the caterpillar. We’ve had problems with webworms since June and armyworms on turfgrass (and a few ornamentals) are also showing up in significant numbers throughout our area. We’ve also had a report or two of pumpkins being wiped out with melonworms. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for October

Consider the following lawn/garden tasks as we transition into fall. Read More...

Local Landscape Inspiration

Finding inspiration for new gardening ideas can be a challenge for many of us. The Payne County Masters Gardeners and The Botanic Garden Ambassadors will be hosting a Fall Garden Tour on Sunday October 2nd from 12:30 to 4pm. Read More...

Fall Armyworms

This fall is shaping up to be a banner year for fall armyworms. Read More...

Planting Trees in Heavy Clay Soil

With fall tree-planting season fast approaching, the time is right to talk about dealing with a common problem the majority of us in Payne County face; heavy clay soils. Read More...

Hort Tips for September

September is under-rated as an important time for landscape tasks in Oklahoma. This is the key month to begin preparing plants for the upcoming winter and setting them up for a successful spring. Read More...

Giant Wasp-As bad as they look?

Your first encounter with a Cicada killer can be a disconcerting experience. The assumption is that this big yellow and black wasp with a stinger must be bad, but in reality this insect is rarely a real problem for anything other than the cicada (locust). Read More...

Refreshing the Lawn in Shady Areas

Fall is the preferred time of year to seed cool-season lawns, whether that is to freshen up an existing lawn, or seed a new one. Follow these guidelines for your best chance of success: Read More...

Pecan Weevil Management for Homeowners

If you currently have a healthy looking pecan crop but you typically suffer from insect damage in the form of an empty nut with a small round hole in it, now is the time to consider taking action against the pecan weevil. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for August

Here are some typical August tasks for the landscape: Read More...

Storm Damage

Another summer storm inflicted significant tree damage in parts of the county. While much of the cleanup has already been done, more work likely lies ahead for some of us. Consider the following as it applies to your storm-damaged landscape. Read More...

Pesky Summer Weeds

The Extension office is starting to get calls on a pesky weed that pops up in high numbers every few years. Prostrate spurge, also known as spotted spurge, is a common summer annual broadleaf weed that ordinarily does not garner much attention. Read More...

Webworms!

It’s not exactly a secret at this point but it is abundantly clear that this is going to be another bad year for webworms. Don’t panic. If you do wish to control webworms with a chemical treatment, here are some helpful hints. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for July

Here are some typical July tasks for the landscape: Read More...

Automatic Irrigation Systems

A properly designed and well maintained irrigation system can be a very beneficial tool. When used correctly, they will save water versus irrigating the same area with hose and sprinkler. Include drip irrigation as a part of that system and your efficiency will increase even more. Read More...

Keeping New Trees Healthy

Getting new trees off to a strong start is a critical key to a long lived, healthy plant. Since fall is generally the best time to plant, followed closely by spring, this is a good time to talk about a few common issues that are often neglected or overlooked. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for June

Consider these tips to keep your June landscape healthy:
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Leaf Drop on Trees

Payne County Extension office has been receiving an unusually high number of reports of trees suddenly dropping their leaves. This happens from time to time; but for trees to do so in May when the leaves are full and green is very unusual. Read More...

Temporary Landscape Problems

Thanks to this year’s spring weather pattern, several significant but temporary (hopefully) plant problems are popping up. Here’s just a sampling of some of the problems people are seeing with their home landscapes right now. Read More...

Weed Killer Concerns

Here’s a timely reminder for the need to take care with weed control products, especially those designed to control broad leaf weeds. Read More...

Vegetable Garden Update

Things seem to be off to a good start with most vegetable gardens in the area given the feedback we’ve been getting in the Payne County Extension Office. Here’s a summary of what we are seeing so far and some suggestions for adjustments based on the current weather: Read More...

Horticulture Tips for May

There is no way to cover all the “what if’s” for the varied forecasts we might find in Oklahoma in May. However please consider the following tasks for your May landscape. Read More...

Pond Problems

A common problem in the urban landscape is dealing with unsightly algae/weed growth in small ponds.There are a variety of factors that can lead to this problem, one of which is something that many of us can help correct with relative ease.
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Tent Caterpillar Season

If you remember last fall, many of our landscape trees (especially pecans) were hit hard with very high numbers of webworms. It looks like we may have a very similar situation unfolding this spring. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for April

It’s April and everything is turning green! Those interested in all things “home grown” start thinking of getting outside to do their part. Lets go through some common tasks that will need attention this month. Read More...

Take Care with Weed Control Products

Now is NOT the best time to control these weeds. Is it possible? Yes it is, but it is certainly not the preferred option. Lets consider the life-cycle of the weeds and the herbicides (weed killers) that we use to control them to determine how to deal with weeds now and how to prevent them next year.
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Spring Rose Care

While roses typically have the reputation of being finicky and hard to maintain, this does not have to be the case. With care given to proper variety selection, roses can be a fine garden plant when given a reasonable amount of care. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for March

Consider the following Tips for your March landscape. Read More...

Fruit Selections for Payne County

It will soon be time to plant bare-root fruit trees and shrubs. Here are some cultivars that have proven to do well, or at least better than average, in our area. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for February

Consider the following Tips for your February landscape. Read More...

Why Soil Testing is Important

Healthy garden soil is probably the single most important controllable factor in determining the potential success of a garden. A simple soil test is the best place to begin improving your soil. Read More...

Landscape Calendar Tips

While many common landscape tasks are on-going or can be done at any time, some of these are also calendar dependent. Read More...
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