Category: In the Garden

Beware the Stinging Cats of Fall

With this cooler early fall weather, I just had to get out and do some pruning, which I typically do not do this time of year. I pruned my Curly Willow (Salix matsudana ‘Tortuosa’), a tree with...

What is it? Wednesday

Tree squirrel bot fly, Cuterebra emasculator Fast Fact Cuterebra emasculator are natural, native parasites that, typically, do not adversely affect the overall health of their hosts: eastern gray...

Fall in Love with Physical Activity

As temperatures drop and summer leaves change colors, outdoor physical activity becomes enjoyable. There are many ways you and your family can get active during the fall season. Here are some fun...

The Pesky Wet Spot in Your Lawn

If I had a dollar for every time a client called this year about a wet spot in their lawn, I’d probably be able to adopt another dog. Fortunately for our clients, there are several ways to address...

Cyanobacteria – is it toxic?

Summer, it’s that time of year for sweet corn, peaches, watermelon, and pond calls! Pond calls are phone calls, emails, texts, etc. with questions that Extension Agents get on any topic related to...

Mountain Mint

Would you like an easy-to-grow perennial that flowers from July to August and is a magnet for many pollinating wasps, skippers, bees, and moths? Then consider mountain mint for your garden. Mountain...

What is it? Wednesday

Puss Caterpillar Identification Later instar caterpillars densely covered in yellowish, reddish, brown, or mouse gray setae (hairs). Middorsal crest has rusty to smoky setae. “Tail”...

Native Notes – Goldenrod

Thars gold in them thar hills (and in the flatlands too)! The rustling of dried corn stalks, stacks of pumpkins at the roadside stand, Halloween costumes at your local general store… all are signs...

What is it? Wednesday

Fall Webworm Tent Tent Structure Fall webworm caterpillars incorporate leaves, and sometimes entire branches in silken tents spun, typically, at branch tips. (In contrast, eastern tent caterpillar,...

Managing Water in the Home Landscape

The weather events and weather patterns of recent years, like the “1000 year storm” in 2015 associated with Hurricane Joaquin, have left residents grappling with water management in their yards. On...

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