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Protect Evergreens From Winter Blasts

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Winter can be tough on landscape plants, especially evergreens.

Needle-leafed plants can suffer serious winter injury from cold, dry winter winds, said a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist. Newly planted evergreens are at greatest risk.

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By MUNews

E. coli Thrives Near Plant Roots, Can Contaminate Young Produce Crops

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E. coli can live for weeks around the roots of produce plants and transfer to the edible portions, but the threat can be minimized if growers don’t harvest too soon, a Purdue University study shows.

Purdue scientists added…[read further]

Purdue University

Gardeners Can Still Stay Busy During Cooler Weather

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Although the weather has cooled off considerably, gardeners can still find plenty to keep them busy.

David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulture specialist, said November is the time to fertilize cool-season grasses.

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By Trisha Gedon, Oklahoma State University

Don’t Waste Those Leaves; Mulching Leaves Can Enrich the Soil

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Maybe this fall you don’t have to rake all those fallen leaves from around your home.

“Raking leaves is an autumn ritual and may make the gardener feel productive, but it is not necessarily good for trees and…[read further]

By MUNews

Plant a Rain Garden for Next Spring to Reduce Urban Erosion

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Erosion and sediment pollution due to storm runoff are growing problems in most urban areas. Excessive storm runoff results in loss of topsoil, nutrients and water as well as sediment buildup in nearby lakes and streams.

“Homeowners and…[read further]

By MUNews

New Blueberry Recommended for Home Gardeners

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Blueberry aficionados will soon have a tasty, colorful new variety for their backyard gardens. Blueberry experts D. Scott NeSmith and Mark K. Ehlenfeldt introduced ‘Blue Suede™’ in a recent issue of HortScience. The new southern highbush blueberry (Vaccinium hybrid) was…[read further]

American Society for Horticultural Science

Prune Maple Trees Before Leaves Drop

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The most beautiful landscape trees are those that are kept neatly trimmed and pruned.  While fall pruning is advised for many trees, the maple tree is one exception.

“Because maple trees bleed sap, it’s best to prune when…[read further]

By University of Mo. Extension

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