The heat of summer, it seems, is not only the time that gardens produce the most, it is also the time when the things that want to eat or destroy your gardens are at their busiest.
So while the oppressive heat may have you wanting to be a couch potato rather than tending your potatoes, you should be out checking on your plants, scouting for diseases and insects, and treating them appropriately. Continue reading Defense against summer diseases and pests
As I drove down the alley behind the house, I realized I had seen the tree before. Five years ago, I answered a call from the McGraths, an elderly couple in Nitro, about some dead limbs in the maple tree in their back yard. There were no other symptoms, so chalking limbs up to storm damage, I told them to have them removed and monitor … Continue reading Losing trees to fungus
With the sweltering heat and humidity of summer upon us, the havoc of winter may be but just a memory. Many plant problems caused by the devastating cold of winter, however, are still persisting in the garden. Believe it or not, a majority of the calls that I and my fellow extension agents are receiving are all weather related — mostly from winter, but also … Continue reading Winter Damage still causing heartache for home gardeners