Allegheny County Master Gardener Program
Allegheny County Master Gardener News
2014 Herb of the Year: Artemisia
June 30, 2014Artemisia (family Asteraceae) is a large genus including over 300 different species. It was chosen to be the "2014 Herb of the Year" by The International Herb Association.
Allegheny County Master Gardeners Recognized at State Conference with Two "Search for Excellence" Awards
July 5, 2012The Master Gardeners of Allegheny County were recognized with two first place awards in the Search for Excellence Program, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Master Gardener Conference, held in State College, last month. Judged by coordinators from counties throughout the Commonwealth, these awards identify exceptional volunteer projects that make a significant contribution to the community.
Master Gardeners Visit Pittsburgh Schools with Poison Prevention Lesson
June 1, 2012Mr. Yuk is green, Mr. Yuk is mean….This spring, the Penn State Master Gardeners of Allegheny County, with the help of Mr. Yuk, taught an important lesson in Poison Prevention to 666 first graders at twelve different Pittsburgh city schools.
Critter Resistant Spring Flowering Bulbs
August 3, 2011Many gardeners hesitate to put their work and money into spring flowering bulbs because they have had bad experiences with chipmunks and voles damaging the bulbs, or with rabbits and deer eating the plants once they grow in spring.
Q&A with Sandy Feather: Oak wilt can kill some trees quickly
March 7, 2011A disease called oak wilt has been identified in my neighborhood. I have three red oak trees that make my backyard a shady haven and I would hate to lose them. How can I protect my trees?
Plant It Right for Healthier, Long-Lived Plants
May 14, 2015The future success of any new landscape plantings depends heavily on whether or not you plant them correctly. Improperly planted plants are far less able to cope with adverse conditions such as disease, insect attack, and drought. Trees are much less forgiving than perennials, but proper planting techniques apply generally to all plants.
Don’t Over Fertilize Your Lawn this Spring!
May 11, 2015As spring temperatures warm up, many of us begin to think about yard work and greening up that dormant winter lawn.
Canada Thistle: Bane of Gardeners
May 9, 2015Weeds are a big problem in the garden. They compete with desirable plants for water and nutrients, and they often harbor pests and disease. They also detract from the beauty of the garden. I’m fairly diligent about weeding, and I utilize mulch to reduce the number of weeds present, but our sun-drenched yard encourages their germination and propagation. And so I weed – a lot.
Oh No! You Have Clay Soil
May 9, 2015What can you do if you have clay soil? First of all run over those leaves in the fall with your lawn mower and then spread them around where you want better soil. Amending the clay soil with organic matter improves drainage, retains moisture and improves soil texture.
The Lawn Corner: Chinch Bugs
May 9, 2015With warmer weather quickly arriving, it will not be long before all types of insects start to appear. Though most of these insects are beneficial or little more than a passing nuisance, the hairy chinch bug can spend the summer severely damaging even the healthiest home lawn.
When: June 17, 2015Where: Beaver, PA
Native Bees and Butterflies
When: July 22, 2015Where: Beaver, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training
When: October 3, 2015Where: Washington, PA
Master Gardener Basic Training - Westmoreland County
When: October 5, 2015Where: Greensburg, PA