Now that the Thanksgiving feast is over, it is time to decorate our homes for Christmas. What better way to do that than to purchase a locally grown, fresh cut Christmas tree...
You may not have seen many of the adult beetles, but conditions were ideal during egg-laying.
WASHINGTON – In an ongoing effort to protect bees and other pollinators, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed new pesticide labels that prohibit use of some neonicotinoid pesticide products where bees are present.
Maybe you can extend your gardening time, or if not, here are a couple of things to prepare for the winter season - for both your kitchen and your garden.
Invasive species such as Asian longhorned beetles and emerald ash borers, which often arrive as infestations in wooden packing crates, are a growing problem in the United States. A Penn State collaboration is developing a new heat treatment program for solid wood packaging materials to help prevent these kinds of destructive pests from reaching our shores.
This article from the Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) contains information on protecting other species, particularly raptors, from accidental poisoning and death. The Bio-Integral Resource Center (BIRC) specializes in finding non-toxic and least toxic, integrated pest management (IPM) solutions to urban and agricultural pest problems.
Whether planted as a specimen or patio tree in a naturalized or formal setting, this versatile native to eastern coastal wetlands, low woods and ponds’ edges from Massachusetts to Florida and west to Texas, has much to offer.
This article from the Penn State Extension Green Industry Team has great information about native plants.
Here are a few tips, hints and answers to questions we often get here in the office.
The genus Magicicada contains the periodical cicadas, known for their 17- or 13-year synchronized life cycles and dense choruses. In 2013, Magicicada Brood II will emerge along the US Eastern Seaboard.
The key to pruning your clematis is knowing what type you have.
The story of a superstar plant suffering from its incredible success
In the battle against thrips, Cornell breeder Martha Mutschler-Chu has developed a new weapon: a tomato that packs a powerful one-two punch to deter the pests and counter the killer viruses they transmit. The “dual resistant” insect and virus varieties may reduce or even eliminate the need for pesticides in several regions.
The USDA’s long awaited release of a new version of the Plant Hardiness Zone Map was issued in January of 2012. This map is an extremely useful tool for gardeners and plant growers and breeders throughout the country.
After 25 years, researchers may have found a way to keep the emerald ash borer in check. UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- As the emerald ash borer ravages North American ash trees, threatening the trees' very survival, a team of entomologists and engineers may have found a way to prevent the spread of the pests.
Prepare for the roses of summer!
This project is a wonderful collaboration between several Montgomery County organizations and a team effort by Penn State Extension.
I love hawthorns! Who am I?
Think you can't garden in the winter? Well, there are many things that can be done outside in the colder months in your garden when there is no snow on the ground, as well as things when the cold winds blow full of snow.
In Mid-October my husband and I embarked on a dream vacation – two weeks in Hawaii. Our first stop was the island of Kauai – the “garden island”. So what do you think was high on the list of things to be seen by a Master Gardener? Beautiful gardens, of course!