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Dennis says: It’s time to prune your roses

2 weeks, 1 day ago Tip of the Week

Roses have long been a popular plant in the landscape. The use of roses has changed dramatically over the last 10 to 20 years as we have moved from growing the large flowering hybrid teas to the easy care shrub roses. No matter what type you grow both types benefit from proper pruning in the early spring, just as growth is starting. To read more …

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Dennis says: It’s time to control crabgrass

3 weeks, 1 day ago Tip of the Week

One of the most common problems we face each year in the lawn is fighting weeds. Crabgrass tends to be one of the biggest problems as it takes off under the stress of summer. Crabgrass, although a problem for most people, is one of the easiest weeds to eliminate, given the right product is applied at the correct time. To read more…

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Are knockout roses getting hit with a disease or infestation?

3 weeks, 2 days ago Tip of the Week

Heard that knockout roses are getting some sort of infestation or disease that is killing them. True? If so, is there another type of rose that has the qualities of a knockout? = Thank you - Gayle -

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Roller coaster temperatures: Here we go again

4 weeks, 1 day ago Tip of the Week

Here we go again, riding the spring weather roller coaster. It seems that, for the last few years, our Kansas City late winter and early spring weather has gone from one extreme to the other. Hence it is important we remember the old saying, “If you don’t like the weather give it a day and it will change.” — To read more…

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Make plans to attend the Healthy Yards Expo

4 weeks, 1 day ago Tip of the Week

We have a great event coming up this weekend, the Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo at the Shawnee Civic Center. We will have gardening seminars, eco-friendly vendors and activities for the kids, including StoneLion Puppets. Visit johnson.ksu.edu for complete details. - Dennis Patton -

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Dead is dead!

1 month, 1 week ago Tip of the Week

Finally, some nicer days to get out in the garden! While crawling around on my hands and knees I stopped to ponder a question we get all the time at the office. The question people ask is, “I have this dead branch, limb, shoot, leaf. Should I cut it off?” Now, I realize there is no stupid question. But I often wonder if the questioner really thinks the plant part will come back to life. Will there be a second coming? Will water and fertilizer resurrect the plant? Unfortunately not, and I like to use the phrase “Dead is dead.” There is no real stage of dead. To read more …

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Garden show gleanings: A dinosaur is hatched!

1 month, 2 weeks ago Tip of the Week

I have come to realize that I am a dinosaur, at least when it comes to the garden show circuit. Recently my office and the Johnson County Extension Master Gardeners had a booth at the Johnson County Home and Garden Show. As an avid gardener I go to the show to see plants, colorful landscapes and clever design ideas that I can incorporate in my home. For a gardener like me the word garden in the phrase, “home and garden show” is all about the plants in a garden. But I now realize the use of the term “garden” is outdated. To read more …

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I need a good groundcover for a dappled area

1 month, 2 weeks ago Tip of the Week

What’s a good groundcover for a shady/dappled hillside? I have English ivy there and it works but it just grows so slowly. - Scott -

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Let your personality shine in your landscape

1 month, 2 weeks ago Tip of the Week

Forty toilets. Does that conjure up for you an image of a tasteful landscape? According to a recent speaker at the Gardeners’ Connect Symposium, the only problem with a landscape of 40 toilets was that there was not enough plant material. Now, most of us probably think 40 toilets is a trash heap, lacks taste or is just plain tacky. But the speaker did have a great take home message to go with this image. - To read more …

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Pruning — It starts with the proper cut

1 month, 3 weeks ago Tip of the Week

Late February signals the start of the ideal pruning season. Late winter is prized for the best time to prune many plants. But knowing the proper timing is just part of the equation. In this article I would like to focus not on where to make the pruning cut but how to make a proper cut so that the tree or shrub can seal properly for a long, beautiful life. To read more…

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Rainfall: Don’t take it for granted

2 months ago Tip of the Week

Let’s face it, the month of February has been one we would all like to forget. The month has been very cold, and the ground has been covered with snow almost the entire month. This might seem strange, but in some ways we should consider ourselves lucky.

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Effects of temperatures this winter

2 months, 1 week ago Tip of the Week

We are smack dab in the middle of winter. Like most gardeners, I am longing for the cold temperatures and snow to move from reality to a distant memory. This has been an interesting winter. And that is an understatement, because in recent years the winters have all been unique. While thinking about our past winters I believe the adage “abnormal is normal” should be adopted.

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Winter garden walks help us plan

2 months, 2 weeks ago Tip of the Week

Winter offers a good time to see the garden in its naked stage. There is no lush green growth, or dazzling flower color to distract the eye. As you walk I think there are a series of questions you might want to ask yourself as you stroll. To read more…

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Abnormally dry: Time for winter watering

2 months, 3 weeks ago Tip of the Week

Fortunately the snow fall this season has been light. But that is one of the problems. According to the United States Drought Monitor, we are experiencing abnormally dry conditions. What does that mean? Well, we are having, yes, yet again, another drought, although it’s still classified as very mild. To read more…

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Houseplant dusting a necessary chore

3 months ago Tip of the Week

There is one dusting job I don’t mind doing from time to time, and that is removing the layer of dust that settles on my houseplants. Dust on the leaves blocks the much needed sunlight from reaching them, reducing the plant’s ability to make energy, which reduces growth. The removal of the dust layer helps bring back the natural shine and beauty of the plant while helping it to grow more vigorous. To read more …

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