So now we enter the period of the year where many landscapes look bleak. Some landscapes are heavy on deciduous trees and shrubs that showcase prolific flower displays in the spring and put on a final show with intense leaf colors in the fall.
Northampton Seed owner, Doug Walker, was asked by Penn State Horticulture Educator, Tim Abbey, to write a brief note about grass seed availability for 2014. In one sentence: Grass seed will be in short supply.
Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 20 counties can dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2014 through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s CHEMSWEEP program.
Common chickweed (Stellaria media) is one of our winter annuals. This weed can show up in many areas – lawns, landscape plantings, nursery containers, unmanaged sites.
Tiarella cordifolia has routinely appeared at the Philadelphia Flower Show exhibits, in both commercial and educational displays.
Swamp white oak is native to the eastern United States and Canada, typically found on soils that do not drain well. It tolerates periodic flooding, but not constantly inundated soils.
When talking about fall color, the conversation usually is about Pennsylvania’s hillsides and mountains covered with colored foliage of trees such as red maples and hickories. While those trees and others can be brought into the landscape to provide late season interest, there are shrubs that can be utilized to bring colors to the eye level.
The Penn State Turfgrass Science Program and PA Turf Council have jointly developed a new magazine called Pennsylvania Turfgrass.
Researchers and growers explain management methods for BMSB such as insecticides, trap cropping, physical barriers, and organic and biological control techniques—in a new video.
If you are experiencing grub damage in turf areas, you may be wondering how much longer rescue treatments will be effective.
Whenever you think of glorious fall colors, your mind’s eye inevitably includes the reddish-burnt orange glow that sugar maple brings to autumn’s landscape.
Kelly Ivors, Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist at NCSU, provides an excellent summary of her boxwood blight spray trial work.
Cutleaf smooth sumac is a great plant for naturalizing an area.
The lily leaf beetle, Lilioceris lilii, was recently identified in Pennsylvania.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture-Specialty Crop Research Initiative will launch a 14-session webinar series on Oct. 8, to promote safe water recycling in the horticulture industry.
Bagworms (Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis) seem to be making pests of themselves across the Commonwealth. Extension educators across the state have been seeing considerable damage from this native insect.
Spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata) is a summer annual commonly found in turf and landscape beds.
This small tree/large shrub blooms August into September when most woody plants are long done flowering.
Professionals know how important it is to be careful when using pesticides. We all strive to use the least toxic, effective option, read the label and follow the directions, calibrate, measure carefully and wear the required personal protective equipment.
Late fall fertilization has been a standard management practice on golf courses, athletic fields, and lawns for decades. However, in recent years this practice has been questioned by some as an unnecessary maintenance practice, and deemed potentially damaging to water resources. This article examines how late fall fertilizer applications influence turf performance, when to make applications, as well as the types of fertilizers and rates that provide a desirable turf response, but minimize nitrogen losses due to leaching and runoff.