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When trees look like telephone poles, they are either planted too deeply or mulched too deeply. Either way, it is not good for the tree! Photo: Sandy Feather, Penn State
Mulch Volcanoes Are Erupting Everywhere! - News News
Extension educators, arborists, and other knowledgeable horticulturists have railed against the prevalence of mulch volcanoes for decades. So why do we still see so much mulch piled around the trunks of trees? More
Spotted Lantern Fly-USDA photo credit
Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training Announced for Lancaster - News News
A permit will be required to sell and move merchandise within and outside of the thirteen (13) county Quarantine area. More
Overall picture of white oak impacted by cynipid wasp galls. Photo: Sandy Feather, Penn State
Cynipid Wasp Galls: Making A Mess of White Oaks - News News
The Extension office received a sample of damaged white oak leaves from the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Given the amount of rain we have had all year, anthracnose was a possible suspect. More
Notice the size difference, Yellowjacket (bottom), European hornet (top). Photo courtesy of Jim Baker, North Carolina State University, Bugwood.org
The Giant Asian Hornet Scare - News News

The Giant Asian Hornet Scare

07/17/2018

There was a flurry of calls coming into area Penn State Extension offices a few weeks ago about the appearance of the giant Asian hornet. More
Garden talk
York County Garden Open House - News News

York County Garden Open House

07/13/2018

Please join us Saturday, August 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a morning of free fun and learning at the award-winning gardens of John Rudy County Park (400 Mundis Race Rd, York, PA). More
Photo credit: Charlene Lepant
Garden in the Parks Field Day - News News

Garden in the Parks Field Day

07/12/2018

On Saturday, August 18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Penn State Master Gardeners will host a field day at their North and South Park demonstration gardens in Pittsburgh. More
Keep your permit in your vehicle. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
How to Get a Spotted Lanternfly Permit From the PA Department of Agriculture - News News
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) is requiring Pennsylvania businesses to get spotted lanternfly (SLF) permits. More
Vegetables and annuals coexist in a Master Gardener "Idea Garden" Lancaster, PA. Photo credit: Mark Krotulski
The Foodscape Revolution - News News

The Foodscape Revolution

07/11/2018

Review of a book by Brie Arthur--The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden. More
Rugosa flowers are not only attractive but they are fragrant and attract pollinators. Photo: Tom Butzler, Penn State
Rugosa Rose: An Alternative to a Fence - News News
Fences are placed between properties for several reasons; to delineate boundaries, privacy (i.e. nosy neighbors), or keep animals/kids out of an area. More
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Ask A Master Gardener - News News

Ask A Master Gardener

06/27/2018

The Penn State Master Gardeners in Lackawanna County will be available to answer your gardening questions and give you the latest research-based information on home horticultural topics. More
Volunteers from Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center help prepare holes for planting grapevines at Manatawny Creek Vineyard in Berks County, the location of the research. Image: Erica Smyers
Lanternfly's Penchant for -- and Potential to Harm -- Grapevines Focus of Study - News News
Penn State researchers are studying how feeding damage caused by the spotted lanternfly affects grapevine health and the quality and quantity of the fruit. More
Japanese Umbrella Pine
2018 Tree Scavenger Hunt - News News

2018 Tree Scavenger Hunt

06/05/2018

Would you like to explore Erie County and see some really amazing trees? More
Pumpkin Walk
Pumpkin Walk - News News

Pumpkin Walk

06/05/2018

Erie County's Pumpkin Walk includes hundreds of illuminated pumpkins October 5th and 6th at Waldameer Amusement Park. More
Vegetable Garden at Kinder Park, photo courtesy of Patty Rahi
Delaware County Master Gardeners 27th Annual Garden Contest - News News
The contest is open to all residents of Delaware County. Categories include Ornamental, Vegetable, Community and Youth. More
Photo: Ohio State Weed Lab, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org common mallow (Malva neglecta)
Landscape Management: Common Mallow - News News
Considered a weed in turfgrass and landscape beds, common mallow is an interesting plant in that it can be an annual or biennial. More
One of the park's main features: the 20 acre prairie ecosystem featuring the Blazing Star (Liatris spicata)
Ask the Master Gardeners of Butler County - News News
Penn State Master Gardeners of Butler County educational outreach series at the Gateway Native Gardens at Jennings Environmental Education Center on June 16, July 15, and August 11th. More
Epipactis helleborine. Photo: Amy Korman, Penn State
Be on the Lookout for Invasive Orchids - News News
Epipactis helleborine, the Broad-leaved Helleborine, is an invasive orchid that continues to plague Pennsylvania landscapes. More
Pollinators on Solidago rigida (stiff goldenrod) Photo credit: Connie Schmotzer
Best Plants for Pollinators - News News

Best Plants for Pollinators

05/21/2018

Research conducted by Penn State Master Gardeners reveals the best plants to attract and support pollinators. Find out more through this article and accompanying pollinator fact sheets. More
Photo credit: Alyssa Collins
Summer Garden Experience 2018 - News News

Summer Garden Experience 2018

05/18/2018

Summer Garden Experience in Lancaster County combines the ambiance of a farm in summer with cutting edge planting and growing information. Bring the whole family on July 28th! More
Master Gardener basic training class. Photo credit: George Schreck
Could You Be a Master Gardener? - News News

Could You Be a Master Gardener?

05/04/2018

Master Gardeners are volunteers for Penn State Extension who use research-based information to educate the public about sustainable horticulture and environmental stewardship. Find out whether this program may be right for you. More
Image courtesy of wearebloom.org
BLOOM! A Movement to Improve the World Through the Power of Plants - News News
In response to rising plant blindness among American youth, a new campaign is inspiring young people to appreciate the plant world, and to see themselves engaged personally and professionally in that world. More
Photo: Alyssa Collins
Penn State Flower Trials Aid Industry, Consumers in Picking Posies - News News
The Penn State Flower Trials — in its 85th year — has a powerful benefit in Pennsylvania and beyond. Penn State's Southeast Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Manheim, Lancaster County, serves as the epicenter of the trials. More
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Will the Quarantine Effort for Spotted Lanternfly Work? - News News
For the past few years, there have been numerous Penn State Extension articles on the emerging spotted lanternfly (SLF) issue. More
Willow Weave Fence. Photo credit: Si Griffiths CC BY-SA 3.0
Willow: 2018 Notable Native™ Herb - News News
The willow species contains many varieties useful to both humans and wildlife. More
Spotted lanternfly empty egg cases. Photo: Emelie Swackhamer, Penn State
Spotted Lanternfly Permits for Transporting Goods - News News
The spotted lanternfly permitting process is new in the Pennsylvania quarantined area for business, government, and other organizations. More
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