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Rain barrel workshops are often held for home gardeners in Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Erin Frederick
Rain Barrels in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Rain barrels are effective tools for managing storm water. This article recommends rain barrel size, care, and how the water should be used in your garden. More
Mulching Landscape Trees
Mulching Landscape Trees - Articles Articles

Mulching Landscape Trees

David R. Jackson

Mulches are materials placed over the soil surface to enhance landscape beauty, improve soil conditions, protect plants from foot traffic and lawn equipment, and suppress weeds. More
Mason bee house. Photo credit: Dyan Eisenberger
Mason Bees in the Home Garden - Articles Articles
Learn about the importance of mason bees as pollinators and how to encourage their activity in your garden. More
In the renewal method of pruning, some of the plant's largest stems are cut to the ground. Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
How and When to Prune Flowering Shrubs - Articles Articles
This article discusses when to prune popular flowering shrubs and methods of pruning. More
Various cultivars of clematis. Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Clematis "Queen of the Vines" - Articles Articles
Clematis are beautiful perennial vines. Find out how to care for them and the characteristics of different cultivars. More
Spotted lanternflies captured on a sticky band. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly Management: Placing Sticky Bands on Trees - Articles Articles
This article summarizes one method of capturing and killing spotted lanternfly (SLF): placing sticky bands on trees. More
Photo 1. Two type of bee hotels for stem nesters: (left) Box with cardboard straws and (right) wooden block with drilled holes. Photo credit: Margarita López-Uribe, Penn State
Spring Bees: Who Are They and Where Do They Live? - Articles Articles

Spring Bees: Who Are They and Where Do They Live?

Margarita López-Uribe, Ph.D.

While spring is the beginning of the beekeeping season, early blooming plants not only feed honey bees but also hundreds of native solitary bee species that emerge at around the same time. More
Photo credit: Lois Miklas
Growing Hops at Home - Articles Articles

Growing Hops at Home

Lois Miklas

Hops have value as a home-brewing ingredient and as an ornamental vine. Here are tips for establishing and caring for hops in the home garden. More
Zenik Crespo (back, right) assists Hispanic participants as they identify weeds at Johnston’s Everygreen Nursery in Erie. Photo: L. Follett, Johnston’s Evergreen Nursery
Bilingual Workshops Teach Integrated Weed Management - Articles Articles
Penn State Extension has developed new resources for weed management and is beginning to offer bilingual training opportunities. More
Photo credit: Kim Frey
Planting in Sun or Shade - Articles Articles

Planting in Sun or Shade

Pamela T. Hubbard

Selecting the right plant for the amount of light in your garden is vital. This article defines full sun, full shade, and partial sun and shade along with how to identify these areas in your garden. More
Native plants contained by sidewalk at Penn State Extension's Dauphin County office. Photo credit: Lois Miklas
Containing Garden "Thugs" - Articles Articles

Containing Garden "Thugs"

Rose Trunzo, Judy Wisk

Even desirable plants can become thugs in the garden by taking over areas that you did not intend. Learn some ways to contain opportunistic garden plants. More
Cloches protect vegetables planted in early spring. Photo credit: Nancy Knauss
Getting Your Vegetable Garden Ready for Spring - Articles Articles
Find out how early spring planning will help your vegetable garden succeed and when you should start your vegetable seeds. More
Picture credit: Lois Miklas
Shamrocks as Houseplants - Articles Articles
The houseplants commonly sold as shamrocks are actually members of the Oxalis genus. This article explains how Oxalis plants became known as shamrocks and how to care for Oxalis houseplants. More
Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug
Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug - Articles Articles

Magnolia Leaf-Footed Bug

Michael J. Skvarla

Magnolia leaf-footed bugs are brown bugs occasionally found on magnolia. They do not pose a risk to human health and do not cause damage to or reduce the vigor of infested trees, but may be nuisance pests. More
Tillandsia are tucked into this winter arrangement. Photo credit: Carol Papas
Tillandsia (Air Plants) - Articles Articles
Air plants are finding a place in home decor. Care is not difficult if you understand how they grow in their natural environment. More
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