If you’ve spent any time at all outside this summer, you are aware of the sudden mass influx of mosquitos. These pesky bugs are not only irritating, but they can also spread disease causing organisms to humans and animals. West Nile Virus is a mosquito born virus that can cause encephalitis in humans and horses. Mosquitos are also responsible for transmitting heartworm to dogs. Here are some ways to control mosquitos around your home and yard: Reduce standing water that provides breeding sites.
The hot humid days of summer have arrived, and with them, that childhood favorite, Antirrhinum majus , the ubiquitous snapdragon. Hand a child one of these flowers, and the first thing they do is pinch the sides to move the petal “jaw”. Not many flowers evoke such whimsical childhood memories like the snapdragon. These prolific annuals come in every color but blue, and start easily from seed. Snapdragons are most productive in full sun (6-8 hours a day), but can tolerate some light shade.
Here we go again, the weather roller coaster has hit the top of that first hill, and the thrill ride has begun, WHEEE! Storms, wind and RAIN, RAIN, RAIN have made this year’s gardening season a challenge. Flooded beds, and delayed planting will greatly affect this year’s harvest, and some gardeners are just about ready to give up.
Summer is here, the kids are out of school, and everyone is spending more time outside. Some of my best summer memories involve camping in the woods with my family, some of the most annoying are memories of biting insects, ticks and poison ivy . I have recently received several calls regarding the identification and eradication of poison ivy. Here are some tips for finding and getting rid of this pesky plant! A master of disguise, poison ivy can take the form of a vine, shrub or ground cover. It can have shiny leaves or dull leaves.
The summer growing season is finally here, and the questions have started coming in droves. Between the phone calls, emails, and walk-ins with garden samples, there is never a dull moment in the Extension office in the summer months!
The glorious days of early summer have FINALLY arrived, and people are busy as beavers trying to get their lawn and garden work accomplished. Sore backs and achy muscles at the end of a long gardening day are the early cost of the later fruits of the garden, and avid gardeners willingly pay this each year.
Spring weather beckons like the mythical Sirens, and I am lured to my perennial beds. The frost has left the ground, and the first few early perennials have begun to grow. Dianthus, delphinium, alchemilla, gaillardia and campanula are pushing their way through the soil, eager to greet the new spring. For the gardener, early spring means planning, seed starting and waiting. However, there is one thing you can begin to do right now.
This spring has come in fits and starts, and I wonder if it will ever be warm enough to plant my garden. My early season vegetable planting has been put on hold, and the tomatoes and peppers are little more than 2” seedlings. You want the night time air temperature to beat at least 50º, and the soil temperature to reach 60º-70º to have the best success with these crops.
The annual harbinger of spring has arrived…the spring lawn care questions have begun in earnest, specifically, when to start treating for CRABGRASS!!! If you want to preemptively strike out against this menace, the following information should help in your home lawn defense. Crabgrass is a warm-season, annual grass, which grows best in the heat of mid-summer. It overwinters as seed in your lawn, and typically begins to grow around Memorial Day, when the soil temperature reaches about 50 degrees.
Recently, the redwing blackbirds made their annual return to the trees surrounding my home. Spring has sprung. One of the top springtime questions I get is how and when fertilizer should be applied. It is a difficult question to answer without information on the soils in the garden or lawn. Adding fertilizer or organic material to your garden spaces can be labor and cost intensive, and applying just what your garden needs at the right time will save you time and money.