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K-State Research and Extension News


Plantorama is a weekly five-minute interview with horticultural specialists at Kansas State University, covering timely topics in: home lawn care; vegetable, fruit and flower gardening; landscape design and ornamental plant care;  indoor plant care; and horticultural pest control.

Send comments, questions or requests for copies of past programs to ksrenews@ksu.edu.

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06-23-17BAGWORMS AND SQUASH BUGS– K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd urges homeowners to take action against bagworms on landscape evergreens and squash bugs in the garden. Cloyd 06-23
06-16-17VEGETABLE STORM DAMAGE– K-State vegetable production specialist Cary Rivard says following a few basic management steps can usually put weather-damaged vegetables back on the road to productivity.Rivard 06-16
06-09-17RENOVATING STRAWBERRY BEDS– K-State horticulturist Ward Upham outlines the recommended renovation steps, and the follow-up strawberry bed maintenance growers should conduct now that the garden harvest is over for most growers.Upham 06-09
06-02-17OVERLY WET SOILS K-State horticulturist Ward Upham says overly saturated soil from persistent rainfall has resulted in some potential concerns that might need to be addressed.Upham 06-02
05-26-17MORE LANDSCAPE INSECTS– K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd advises homeowners to be on lookout for scale insects on landscape ornamentals and a saw fly that attacks flowering roses.Cloyd 05-26
05-19-17LANDSCAPE INSECT PESTS– Insect activity in home landscapes is hitting full stride. K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd suggests homeowners pay special attention to their elm trees, evergreens and euonymus.Cloyd 05-19
05-12-17PINE NEEDLE PROBLEMS – Some Kansas homeowners are reporting the needles on their landscape pine trees are partly turning brown. K-State plant disease specialist Judy O’Mara thinks that could be a concern.  Omara 05-12
05-05-17ASPARAGUS AND RHUBARB– K-State horticulturist Ward Upham discusses harvest management for asparagus and rhubarb.Upham 05-05
04-28-17PINE TREE CONCERNS - K-State horticultural entomologist Raymond Cloyd says pine needle scale and the larval form of the pine saw fly are showing up on landscape pine trees. Cloyd 04-28
04-21-17ROUNDUP FOR LAWNS K-State turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle urges homeowners to be careful when using “Roundup for Lawns” to avoid purchasing a traditional Roundup product that could kill their lawn.Hoyle 04-21
04-14-17ORNAMENTAL SHRUB CARE– Dennis Patton offers tips on fertilizing, pruning and weeding ornamental shrubs.Patton-04-14
04-07-17SPRING LAWN CARE - K-State Research and Extension turfgrass specialist Jared Hoyle discusses early spring fertilization and grassy weed control.Hoyle 04-07