Robin Trott, U of M Extension Educator
With this odd start to the summer season, many seem confused about this season’s lawn care. What is an appropriate mower height? How often and how much should I water?...
Do you have an avid gardener on your Christmas list? There’s still time to shop for that special, gardening Christmas present! Many local businesses carry items that would appeal to...
Autumn is the best time to get a step ahead in the garden. Spring is chock full of garden work, and a little well spent time in your garden now will decrease the number of tasks you will be facing once the snow melts and the robins return. What follows is a list of 10 must do fall garden chores: 1. Clean up plant debris: fallen or rotted fruit leaves and stems. Make sure to remove any diseased material.
There is nothing better than biting into a ripe, juicy melon on a warm summer day. Summertime wouldn’t be complete without enjoying this tasty fruit while spending some relaxation time by the lake. As a gardener, it seems so easy—plant, grow, harvest, cut and eat. The most important step of this process is harvesting; it may also prove to be the most challenging. Harvesting is key—once the melon is harvested, it will not continue to ripen. Timing is a difficult thing for most gardeners no matter what melon it is; even specific types will vary depending on what var
The phone in the Extension office has been ringing off the hook with pine questions. Photos and branches are accumulating, and worried homeowners are standing in line to ask “what’s wrong with my pine?” If you are concerned about reddish brown needles on your pine trees, consider the following: Evergreen needles do not stay green forever! Older, inner needles turn brown and drop off after a few years. Depending on the type of tree you have, this can happen gradually or all at once. White pines (needles 2-5” long in clusters of 5) are the worst of the bunch.