Horticulture Tips for January

While most gardeners busy themselves this time of year going through the newest seed and plant catalogs, there are also a few landscape tasks that can be undertaken when the weather allows. Read More...

Soil Testing is Key to a Healthy Garden

A healthy garden soil is one of the most important factors in determining the potential success of a garden. A basic soil test is the best place to begin improving your garden soil. Read More...

Old Garden Seed Quality Check

The first seed catalogs of the season arrived in the mailbox this week. This serves as a good reminder to do a germination test on any old garden seeds you may have on hand. Read More...

Ice Storm: Landscape Damage Assessment and Repair

If we are hit hard with accumulating ice and snow this year, here are some tips that should help your landscape recover with the least possible damage. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for December

Even though landscape maintenance is not a high priority on your “to do” list in December, there are a few items to consider this time of year that can pay big dividends when springtime rolls around Read More...

Winter Landscape Irrigation Tips

Now that winter has settled in, it’s easy to forget about our landscape until next spring. Or, at least it will be as soon as we get all our leaves under control! One task that should not be overlooked is the need to keep an eye on irrigation needs. Read More...

Protecting Young Trees from Trunk Damage

A common reason for premature tree failure is from trunk damage caused when a tree is young. For Payne County area residents, this damage is most likely from one of four causes. Two of these are seasonal issues that can best be addressed right now. Read More...

Tree Pruning Basics

We will soon be approaching the ideal time of year to do corrective pruning on most ornamental trees. Exceptions are those plants that might be a little bit cold sensitive including fruit trees and evergreens; these should be pruned in the very early spring after the threat of the deepest cold has passed. Please keep the following tips in mind if you do your own tree care. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for November

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Fall Leaf Management

If you typically remove leaves from your property, and especially if you dispose of them in the landfill, please reconsider. Fallen leaves are a valuable nutrient resource that should be captured and returned to the land. Read More...

Preventing Tree Loss from Construction

Mature tree loss due to land disturbance and/or construction activity is a very common problem in Payne County. The cause/effect case for this problem is a challenge since the time between a tree’s root system being damaged until it starts to show significant decline can be several years. Read More...

Using Fireplace Ashes in the Garden

Should ashes be used as a fertilizer/soil conditioner in the lawn and garden and if so, how much should be used? Read More...

Lawn Care Summary

From a lawn care perspective, things are winding down quickly. However, since we are still getting quite a few inquiries in the Payne County Extension office, here are a few reminders. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for October

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Insects in Trees

The Payne County Extension office has been overwhelmed the last few days with all kinds of tree and shrub issues. This week we will focus on leaf eating insects in a variety of tree and shrub species. Read More...

Premature Leaf Drop on Trees

Beginning in late spring, our weather pattern created an ideal environment for a variety of leaf blight issues to develop. While the symptoms can vary from one species to another, the overall result is leaves that just don’t look very good and is now resting in unusually high number of clients concerned about browning and premature leaf drop on their deciduous trees.
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Refreshing Shady Lawns

Tall fescue is a tough plant but even so, surviving Oklahoma summers can often be a challenge. Right now is an ideal time to restore a tired tall fescue lawn to top condition.
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Horticulture Tips for September

Fall armyworms command a great deal of attention when they show up in high numbers. Attention to these pests and other Fall landscape tasks should be considered this month. Read More...

Small Native Trees for Payne County

With fall tree planting season fast approaching, here are some small trees native to Oklahoma that merit consideration in the landscape. Read More...

Large Native Trees for Payne County

Fall tree planting season will be here before we know it. While selecting a native tree doesn’t necessarily insure its success, it can be a good start in the right direction. Read More...

Planning for Spring Wildflower Success

It’s hard to beat a stunning display of wildflowers when it comes to adding visual interest to a landscape. When you add to that the value wildflowers bring to attract and support a diversity of pollinators while requiring minimal inputs, a wildflower area is something more gardeners should consider as a part of their landscape. Read More...

Fall Cover Crops

Cover, or green manure, crops are usually grown when the garden soil is idle. They can also be planted between rows of fruits or vegetables to serve as living mulch. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for August

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Spider Mites in the Garden

Spider mites typically attack garden plants like tomatoes in very hot, dry weather. These pests are difficult to control under the best of circumstances. To keep spider mites from getting the upper hand, early detection is essential. Read More...

Pecan Nut Weevil and Crop Thinning

One of the biggest pests for pecans is the pecan nut weevil. If you’ve ever been disappointed to find empty nuts on the ground with a small hole pierced in the shell, you know what kind of damage they can cause. Mid to late July is the time of year this pest usually shows up, typically just after a heavy rain. Read More...

Fertility Management for Pecans

Pecan trees will respond favorably to fertilization if key nutrients are lacking in the soil. The best way to find out exactly what fertilizer your trees may need is to conduct a pecan leaf analysis. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for July

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Choosing the Best Plant

One of the most common questions horticulturists hear is “what is the best plant for _____location? Alas, if only it were that easy. The short answer is it depends. Read More...

Squash Bug Management

Squash bugs, insects that attack not only squash, but pumpkin, watermelon, cantaloupe, and cucumber are a significant garden problem. If you have had squash bugs recently, you can count on having them again this year. Consider these factors to increase your odds of successfully dealing with this troublesome pest.
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Redbud Tree Issues

Hundreds of calls and inquires came into the Payne County Extension Office a few years ago when the redbud leaf folder began showing up in large numbers. It was a common problem for two or three years then they simply moved on, or at least disappeared. While this is not really a health problem for the vast majority of redbud trees, it is something to be aware of in case the numbers continue to increase again. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for June

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Payne County Garden Tour Coming Soon

We are pleased to announce that the Master Gardeners 3rd annual Garden Tour will be coming up on Sunday June 10th, from 12:30-4pm. Read More...

What is wrong with my Bermudagrass lawn?

Calls and concerns about the condition of Bermudagrass lawns have been the dominate theme coming into the Extension office the last few weeks. Here’s a summary of what is happening, what you can expect, and suggestions on moving forward if your lawn is in bad shape. Read More...

Fertilizer Tips

In a typical year, the Payne County Extension office typically will review and offer recommendations on over 500 soil samples. Based on these reviews and follow-up with our clients, here are some tips to help you navigate the supplemental fertilizer process. Read More...

Rose Update

Rose Rosette disease is the most common pest problem facing gardeners in our area. We’ve talked about Rose Rosette several times in this column, but in case you missed it, here’s a brief review. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for May

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Why is my Bermudagrass Lawn Declining?

It will be a couple of weeks before we’ll know how much, if any, bermudagrass lawns suffered from winter injury this year as the off/on temperatures have things off to a slow start. However, this discussion is focused more on long term trends. In other words, has your bermudagrass lawn declined over the last few years for no apparent reason? Read More...

Plant Care following Freeze Damage

We’ve been getting quite a few calls in the Payne County Extension office concerning damage by the recent freezes. If the forecast holds true, it looks like have at least another week with potential nighttime temperatures below freezing. Read More...

Erosion Control in Shady Areas

Tall fescue, our “go to” turfgrass for shade in this region, is often times a less than ideal solution for erosion control. Extreme shade, lack of topsoil, high humidity, and hot summers all pose problems for this species. Consider the following options if erosion is an issue in your own landscape, especially in situations where taller plant material can be adapted for use on the site. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for April

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Fruit Selections for Payne County

This week we feature some fruit cultivars that have proven to do well, or at least better than average, in our area. Read More...

Favorite Tomatoes for Payne County

It is no surprise that the favorite garden vegetable for Payne County is the tomato. Over the years, OSU researchers have worked to identify some consistent performers and recently our Payne County Master Gardeners have polled some of our area’s premier tomato growers to expand the offerings.
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Spring Garden Planting Timeline

One of the most important dates for Oklahoma gardeners is our last freeze of the spring season. Garden discussions would be much simpler if we lived in a climate where we could consistently guess what this date might be. Unfortunately, that is not the case with our last freeze coming anywhere between mid-March and early May. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for March

Consider the following tips for your garden and landscape in March. Read More...

Planting Bare Root Trees

Bare root trees must be dug and prepared for delivery when they are dormant and kept in cold storage until delivery. This means a spring planting for us. Consider the following suggestions when planting your bare root trees and shrubs. Read More...

Increasing the Odds for Successful Weed Control

It is anyone’s guess what this spring and summer is going to look like, but based on where we stand right now and what the short range forecast models are showing, it looks like we may have a very dry spring ahead of us. Read More...

A Problem for Crapemyrtles

A new pest that attacks crapemyrtles has made its way into our area. Based on reports we’ve been getting from homeowners and landscape professionals, Crapemyrtle Bark Scale is becoming well established in the Payne County area. Read More...

Horticulture Tips for February

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

Vegetable Varieties for Early Spring Gardens

It seems hard to believe, but it will be planting time for early cool season crops in just a few weeks. Read More...

Extending the Vegetable Growing Season

Spring gardening season will be here before we know it. Using some simple season extension structures commonly referred to as hoop houses, low tunnels or high tunnels can extend the growing season approximately one month, both in the spring and fall. Read More...

Spring Landscape Activity Timeline

Timing is so important with many spring landscape tasks. Here are some of the most commonly asked spring questions that come into the Payne County Extension office. Read More...

Important Landscape Dates for Weed Control

Prevention is key to keeping weeds under control. A key component to prevention is proper timing. Mark your calendars now with a reminder because these common issues will be on us before you know it! Read More...
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