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2013

Are Japanese Beetles Invading Your Landscape?
July 29, 2013
It is usually mid-summer when we start to see many of our trees, shrubs and vegetable plants in our landscapes with skeletonized, chewed leaves and in some cases they are almost completely defoliated by August...
Bed Bugs
July 22, 2013
Reservations are made, the suitcases are packed, and so is the car...
Tomato Growing Tips
July 19, 2013
Plant disease resistant varieties...
The Lawn Corner: Proper Water
July 18, 2013
As the hot summer approaches, most lawns will require some watering to maintain a healthy appearance.
The Bug Box: Squash Vine Borer
July 17, 2013
Here in Northeast Pa., the squash vine borer is a yearly pest of squash and pumpkin plants. Unfortunately, we only notice its presence after the damage is done...
Summer Native Plants
July 16, 2013
Incorporate some native plants into your perennial beds...
Late Blight and Downy Mildew
July 16, 2013
There are a multitude of diseases that attack our garden vegetables. The recent wet weather has promoted many of these diseases...
Ouch! Poison Ivy
July 12, 2013
Extreme itching, blisters and swelling are familiar to those who are allergic to poison ivy...
Much about Mulch!
July 10, 2013
The yard looks most attractive right after applying a fresh layer of mulch...
Little Sprouts: Growing for Summer
July 9, 2013
Our long winter is finally over, and I am sure you are as happy to be outside as I am! There are so many exciting things to do in the garden during the summer...
Vegetable Pest Update
June 25, 2013
There are several pests that must be controlled in the early part of the summer to ensure your plants reach their potential...
Viburnum for the Landscape
June 10, 2013
Are you looking to add a versatile and adaptable shrub to your landscape...
June Gardening Tips
June 3, 2013
Hopefully at this point in the growing season, you have most of your vegetables planted. It is now time to plant pumpkins and winter squash...
Growing Sweet Corn
May 13, 2013
Sweet corn can be one of the most rewarding garden treats. Sweet corn is the taste of summer...
Are any of you history buffs? Even if you are not, you have a physical connection to the past via this newspaper.
April 29, 2013
On June 22, 1931, the Pennsylvania Legislature adopted the eastern hemlock as our state tree...
The Bug Box: Praying Mantis
April 23, 2013
The praying mantis is an insect that can stir our curiosity with its beauty, and mystique.
Hotline Topics: Azalea Leaf Gall
April 17, 2013
Early spring is the perfect time to inspect your azaleas for leaf gall...
Is Your Landscape Sustainable?
April 16, 2013
With Earth Day and Arbor Day right around the corner, it is time to evaluate the function of the landscapes that exist in our communities and around our homes...
Mowing for a Healthier Lawn
April 11, 2013
One thing is certain each year: as the weather warms in the spring, the grass will start growing and need mowing, and mowing, and…
Savor Shallots
April 9, 2013
Have you ever tasted shallots? These alliums look like small onions and grow in clusters with small bulbs joined at the base as they grow...
Pansies
April 8, 2013
The calendar does actually say winter is officially over...
Little Sprouts: Spring Growing Projects - Sponge Gardens
April 5, 2013
I am sure you are bored with the dull winter by now. Wouldn’t it be nice to create something green and alive...
Little Sprouts: Spring Growing Projects - Make Your Own Chia Pet
April 4, 2013
I am sure you are bored with the dull winter by now. Wouldn’t it be nice to create something green and alive...
Luzerne County Master Gardener Workshops:
April 3, 2013
The Master Gardeners of Luzerne County will hold numerous workshops this Spring...
Vegetable Gardening Basics
April 3, 2013
There is renewed interest in vegetable gardening here are some tips to get you off to a good start...
Native Plants: Trillium
April 1, 2013
Gardeners know our native trillium flowers, but I wonder if they know just how many trillium grow in our area...
Gardening without Impatiens
March 27, 2013
During the summer of 2012, impatiens walleriana, the common garden impatiens for shade, was attacked by a water borne spore, downy mildew...
To Prune or Not to Prune: It all depends on Flowering
March 26, 2013
Late winter, just before bud break is a great time to prune shrubs and trees in our landscapes...
Go Green!
March 18, 2013
This Sunday is the day to “go green”! Being St. Patrick’s Day, whether you are of Irish decent or not, most people celebrate by wearing or displaying something green...
Blight Resistant Tomatoes
March 14, 2013
Blight can make growing tomatoes in Northeastern Pennsylvania a challenge. We have both early blight and late blight...
Gaining Landscape Knowledge artic
March 4, 2013
Well maintained, healthy landscapes provide a wealth of benefits to residents and property owners. They increase property values and add curb appeal when selling a house...
Stink Bugs
February 25, 2013
Gradually, the winter season is coming to a close. The weather pattern is still unpredictable; cycles of warm and cold will taunt us for a while longer...
Agronomy Update Meeting
February 21, 2013
Dave Messersmith, Extension Educator, Wayne County will be presenting at the Agronomy Update Meeting...
Crops Meeting In Wyoming County
February 20, 2013
There will be a Crops Meeting in Wyoming County to review the 2012 growing season...
Growing Potatoes
February 19, 2013
Did you know that potatoes are fat free, cholesterol free, and sodium free? They are high in vitamin C and a good source of potassium...
Winter: A Great Time to Examine Your Trees and Prune Them
February 11, 2013
Even though the temperature is below freezing and our landscapes look stark and lifeless, it is the perfect time to walk your property and evaluate your trees branch structure while the leaves are off the tree and not blocking your view to the interior of the canopy...
Wood Ashes For Gardening
January 28, 2013
When fuel prices are high, homeowners tend to burn more wood to heat their homes. Some folks tend to think of the ashes as waste to be disposed of...
Grow Your Peaches
January 24, 2013
Growing tree fruit in your backyard can be challenging and rewarding. Peaches are particularly challenging to grow in Northeastern Pennsylvania...
Winter Damage
January 24, 2013
Each and every year, in the dead of winter, we have a string of warmer weather, as this past week has shown. Then it moves to get colder again. Slowly the days are getting longer and the sun is getting stronger...
2013 Green Industry Winter Update Meetings Offered by Penn State Extension
January 4, 2013
This winter the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team will be offering a series of five sessions called the Green Industry Winter Updates...
Landscape Plants that can Brighten up a Winter Landscape
January 2, 2013
When most people think about color in their landscapes, they‘re thinking about spring and summer flowers, but there are some plants that can add wonderful colors and interest to your landscape in winter...
Bedbugs
January 2, 2013
The holiday season brings with it a series of challenges: finding the right tree, fixing the one bulb in the string of lights, the crowded malls, highways choked with travelers…
Garden Soil
January 2, 2013
My last article spoke of soil basics. I would like to discuss in more detail how to improve your soil to the point in which your plants will grow their best...