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Master Gardener Class Begins September - Article

- June 2, 2017


Sycamore Disease - Audio

 - May 19, 2017


Tomato Leaf Diseases - Audio

- May 12, 2017


Planting Sweet Corn - Audio

 - May 4, 2017


Managing Cedar-apple Rust -Audio


Applying Lime - Audio


Thinking about a Greenhouse- Audio

- April 4, 2017


Lawn Mowing Frequency - Audio

- March 31, 2017


Maximize Garden Productivity - Audio

- March 24, 2017


Emerald Ash Borer Meeting Scheduled - Article 

An informational meeting concerning the Emerald Ash Borer, and exotic pest that is threating our communities, is scheduled for Thursday, March 16, at the Southeast Kansas Area Research and Extension Center in Parsons, beginning at 1 p.m. The Southeast Kansas Research and Extension Center is located at 25092 Ness Road (immediately south of the Highway 400 and Ness Road intersection). 


 - March 8, 2017


Improving the Soil pH - Article 

- March 1, 2017


 Emerald Ash Borer - Article

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is likely to become a very serious pest locally within the next few years.

- February 19, 2017


Starting Transplants from seed - Audio

Starting transplants from seed successfully requires that you pay attention to the important details.

- February 12, 2017


 Bagworms - Audio

Bagworms attack and may severely damage several landscape plant. The can be managed with a timely and thorough, mid-June application of insecticide.

- June 17, 2016


Slime Molds - Audio

Scattered patches of tiny grey pustules coating the blades of grass plants may suddenly appear in home lawns. Not to worry, these pustules are the spore-producing structures of slime molds. Slime molds are harmless to the grass plants and can be easily washed or brushed off the grass.

- June 10, 2016


Reducing Pesticide Usage - Audio

Pesticides are often used to manage vegetable garden pests. However, pesticides usage can be reduce by following some time-proven practices that minimize pest problems.

- June 3, 2016


Sycamore Anthracnose - Audio

When sprintime weather is cool and wet, many sycamore trees may become infected with a disease called anthracnose. Fortunately, this is not a serious disease of the trees and fungicide sprays are not recommended.

- May 27, 2016


Senior Gardening - Audio

Senior citizens may abandon gardening activities as their physical abilities decline. However, some common sense ideas can help elderly gardeners enjoy this refreshing outdoor activity.

- May 20, 2016


Weed Control in the Vegetable Garden - Audio

Weeds are a certainty if you grow a garden. Controlling them effectively may include the use of herbicides and good, old-fashioned hand tools.

- May 13, 2016


Planting Sweet Corn - Audio

Sweet corn should be planted in blocks of two or more rows for better pollination. A longer harvest is insured by planting blocks of early and late maturing varieties, or by staggering the planting dates.

- May 6, 2016


Lawn Mower Safety - Audio

Preventing injury to yourself and others when means that all important safety rules must be followed. In addition, the mower must be properly maintaining and all of its safety shields are attached and working.

- April 29, 2016


Removing Ticks - Audio

Dr. Michael Dryden, Professor in the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine discusses methods to safely remove ticks.

- April 25, 2016


Cedar-Apple Rust - Audio

Cedar-apple rust is a fungal disease that adversely affects apple trees. Controlling this disease is better achieved by planting resistant varieties.

- April 22, 2016


Hobby Greenhouse - Audio

Several important points must be considered when deciding to build a hobby greenhouse; this can add up to a considerable investment when completed.

- April 18, 2016


Orchard Grass - Audio

Orchard grass seed can sometimes be introduced into fescue lawns with contaminated seed. This grass can give the lawn an undesirable appearance and is difficult to remove.

- April 8, 2016


Strawberry Bed Preparation - Audio

Choosing a good location and properly preparing the soil for planting significantly improves the potential productivity of a new strawberry bed.

- April 1, 2016


Container Gardening - Audio

Container gardening give the gardener the ability to grow plants when land space is limited. However, container gardening is not without problems.

- March 25, 2016


Lawn Mowing Tips - Audio

Keeping the mower blade sharp is one of the key components for maintaining the lawn. However, alternating the travel direction of the mower from one mowing to the next will help make it an even better looking lawn.

- March 18, 2016


Planting a vegetable garden - Audio

The basic requirements for planting a vegetable garden include the necessary tools, a small plot of land, and the knowledge and determination to properly nurture the plants throughout the growing season.

- March 11, 2016 


Planting Asparagus - Audio

Asparagus crowns are planted early in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked. The most common method of planting is in a six-inch deep trench that has been prepared with organic amendments worked into the soil.

- March 4, 2016


Proper Soil Sample Collection - Article  Audio

Just like maintaining or servicing equipment, soil testing should become a routine examination of soil health. Correct soil sampling in the field is essential for an accurate and repeatable soil test, and consequently for an optimum nutrient management program. To obtain a proper collection, there are a few guidelines to follow.

- March 4, 2016


Starting Transplants - Audio

Starting your own vegetable transplants makes it possible to grow varieties that are not readily available at local nurseries and garden centers. Begin successful at this endeavor requires suitable growing conditions and sanitary equipment.

- February 26, 2016


Soil Testing for Gardening - Audio

The soil test provides valuable information about managing the garden soil's fertility. This test checks for levels of phosphorus and potash, and the soil's pH.

- February 19, 2016


Straw Bale Gardening - Audio

Straw bales can be used to grow vegetables.  The bales must be seasoned properly before plants are set into soil-filled, dish bowl-shaped holes fashioned in their top sides.

- February 12, 2016


Using Leftover Vegetable Seeds - Audio

Gardeners can save money by using leftover vegetable seeds. Last year's seeds may still be good enough to plant provided they have been properly stored.

- February 5, 2016


Starting Transplants - Audio

Gardeners can start their own vegetable and flower transplants from seed. Paying attention to the needs of the seedling plants ensures that healthy transplants are produced.

- January 28, 2016


Pruning Fruit Trees - Audio

Fruit trees is important for the production of high quality fruit. Pruning begins when the trees are planted and continues throughout the life of the tree.

- January 22, 2016


Watering Potted Plants - Audio

Watering potted houseplants correctly helps ensure that those plants will remain in a healthy condition, especially during the winter months.

- January 15, 2016


Planting a Tree - Audio

There are several important steps to follow when planting a tree. When done correctly it helps the tree get off to a rapid, healthy start.

- January 8, 2016


Plant Safety When Using Ice Melting Products - Audio

The active ingredients in ice melting products can harm plants.  Careful use of these products provide the safety needed by pedestrians and reduce the risk of injury to trees, shrubs, flowerbeds and lawns.

- January 4, 2016


Success with Christmas Cactus - Audio

The Christmas cactus blooms naturally at Christmas time.  Growing this plant successfully is achieved by providing it with environmental conditions similar to its natural habitat.

- December 28, 2015


Attracting Birds to Feeders - Audio

The type of birds attracted to feeders is influenced by the type of feeder (tray, hopper, nectar, etc.) and the kinds of food offered.

- December 18, 2015


Buying a Poinsettia - Audio

When buying a poinsettia for holiday decorating choose a plant with colorful bracts and bright, green foliage.  Be sure to protect the plants from cold temperature on the trip home and give them plenty of bright sunlight indoors.

- December 11, 2015


Amaryllis Gift Plant - Audio

The amaryllis plant is a popular gift item for the Christmas holiday season.  Ensuring that the plant receives the proper care maximizes the plant's display of colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers for holiday decorating.

- December 4, 2015


Preventing Sunscald Injury - Audio

Bright sunny winter days followed by cold snaps can injure young, tender-bark trees.  Shielding the trunks of these trees from sunlight exposure during the winter months helps prevent this injury.

- November 27, 2015


Preparing Mower for Storage - Audio

Preparing the lawn mower for winter storage not only extends the life expectancy of the mower, but also ensures that it will be ready to begin working right away next spring.

- November 20, 2015


Seasoning Firewood - Audio

For best results firewood for home heating should be properly seasoned before use.  Freshly cut logs should be split and loosely stacked to allow for proper drying. Depending upon the type of wood, seasoning may take from several months to year to complete.

- November 13, 2015


The House Mouse - Audio

With cooler temperatures outside, the house mouse may be moving into homes, garages, machine sheds and grain storage facilities. Effective control involves sanitation, mouse-proof construction and population reduction. At the very first sign of mouse activity, don’t hesitate to start a mouse reduction process.

- November 6, 2015


Making Compost - Audio

Composting is a means of reducing piles of fallen leaves into a useable, soil-building product.  Simply creating a suitable environment for decomposing microbes is all that is necessary to be successful.

- November 6, 2015


Foods for Bird Feeders - Audio

Feeding is a great way to observe these feathery creatures up close. The types of foods used helps attract different types of birds.

- October 30, 2015


Pine Needle Drop - Audio

Like deciduous trees, evergreen pine trees naturally shed their older needles, it's just not generally as noticeable.  However, in some years and especially for some pine species, the yellow shedding needles may become highly visible and mistaken for a serious problem.

- October 23, 2015


Planting Hardy Bulbs - Audio

Fall is the time to plant tulips and other hardy bulbs for spring blooms. Planting depth is determined by the size of the bulb and the soil type. It is better to plant bulb of the same type together rather than mixing colors and species.

- October 16, 2015


Harvesting Sweet Potatoes - Audio

Sweet potatoes are ready to harvest when they reach market size. After digging the sweet potato roots will need to be cured before placing them into storage.

- October 9, 2015


Harvesting Winter Squash - Audio

Winter squash is harvested when fully mature after the rind has hardened and developed its full color. Squash are then cured for several days after which they are stored under proper temperature and humidity conditions.

- October 2, 2015


Oak Leaf Itch Mites - Article   Audio

Oak leaf itch mites cause chigger-like bites on unsuspecting people. The mites reproduce by preying on midge larvae on the leaves of pin oak, red oak and black oak trees. Avoiding outdoor activities around infested oak tree is the best means of reducing the number of irritating bites.

- September 25, 2015


Seeding or Over Seeding Fescue Lawn - Audio

September through mid-October is an excellent time to seed or overseed the fescue lawn. Ensuring good seed-to-soil contact and maintaining adequate soil moisture is essential for germination and establishment of the grass plants.

- September 18, 2015


Plant Nutrient Needs for Turfgrass - Audio

Turfgrass needs nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium from fertilizer in varying amounts. The application rate is based on the results of a soil test.

- September 11, 2015


September Fertilization of Fescue Lawns - Audio

- September 4, 2015


Powdery Mildew of Cucurbits - Audio

- August 28, 2015


Nuisance Moles - Article   Audio

Of the various methods of controlling nuisance moles trapping is the most effective. The harpoon-type mole is set above the mole run and captures the mole with sharp spines driven into the ground by powerful springs.

- August 21, 2015


Summer Fish Kill in Farm Ponds - Audio

- August 14, 2015


Slime Mold - Audio

- June 5, 2015


Sycamore Anthracnose - Audio

- May 29, 2015


Tomato Leaf Blight - Audio

- May 22, 2015


Squash Bugs - Audio

- May 15, 2015


Hobby Greenhouse - Audio

- May 8, 2015