Your backyard from freshare.net /article/ en bobk@freshare.net Copyright 2013 2013-05-17T15:38:01-06:00 Avoid Invasive Trees Such as Bradford Pear in Landscape Plantings /article/avoid_invasive_trees_such_as_bradford_pear_in_landscape_plantings/ /article/avoid_invasive_trees_such_as_bradford_pear_in_landscape_plantings/#When:16:45:00Z An oft-planted ornamental tree – Bradford pear – has become an invasive species that harms native plants or trees that support wildlife. Property owners and managers are urged to consider native alternatives, such as the downy serviceberry tree, as they plant new trees this spring. Bradford pears are a common landscaping tree because they’re adaptable to soil and… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-05-09T16:45:00-06:00 Think Native When Replacing Landscape Trees /article/think_native_when_replacing_landscape_trees/ /article/think_native_when_replacing_landscape_trees/#When:18:00:01Z Stately oaks that once shaded front yards lost the battle with drought. Ornamental pear trees that used to bid ironic farewells to winter with blizzards of white blossoms were wrecked by winter storms. As home and business owners set about replacing lost landscape trees, the Missouri Department of Conservation has a word of advice – natives. The past… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-05-03T18:00:01-06:00 Time to Plant Those Warm Season Gardens /article/time_to_plant_those_warm_season_gardens/ /article/time_to_plant_those_warm_season_gardens/#When:17:58:01Z Despite the fact Oklahoma has been experiencing cooler-than-normal temperatures this spring, gardening enthusiasts need to get their warm season gardens planted now. David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, said vegetables such as green beans, cantaloupe, cucumber, eggplant, okra, peppers, squash, sweet corn and tomatoes should be planted now or very soon. “Depending on… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-04-26T17:58:01-06:00 Spring Frost Advisory Means Some Plants May Get Nipped /article/spring_frost_advisory_means_some_plants_may_get_nipped/ /article/spring_frost_advisory_means_some_plants_may_get_nipped/#When:16:02:00Z With warnings about potential frost on Friday and Saturday in the news, now is a good time to remind gardeners that on average the last expected frost in southwest Missouri is on April 17. “It really is best to wait until the frost date has passed to plant,” said Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-04-12T16:02:00-06:00 Honey Bees Generating Buzz in Arkansas /article/honey_bees_generating_buzz_in_arkansas/ /article/honey_bees_generating_buzz_in_arkansas/#When:16:32:00Z Despite stingers and an unfair reputation, bees are becoming quite popular in backyards and farms across the country.  With beekeeping classes filling up and registered colonies on the rise, many people are wondering what the buzz is all about. In 2012,… Pursuits, Backyard, Outdoor Projects 2013-04-11T16:32:00-06:00 Top 10 Tips for Long-Living Trees /article/top_10_tips_for_long_living_trees/ /article/top_10_tips_for_long_living_trees/#When:16:20:00Z Trees, like people, have a life span. They live, they flourish, they die. University of Missouri Extension agronomy specialist Pat Miller offers her Top 10 practices for prolonging the life of your tree. 1. Don’t plant too deep Planting too deeply can cause roots to encircle the tree and eventually girdle and choke it, Miller says.… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-04-11T16:20:00-06:00 Time to Take Action Against Bagworms is Now /article/time_to_take_action_against_bagworms_is_now/ /article/time_to_take_action_against_bagworms_is_now/#When:13:00:00Z Right now is a good time to take action to control bagworms according to Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension. Bagworms are actually the larvae of a moth. The larvae cover their bodies with a protective layer of plant parts. In the fall, the larvae pupate within the bag. Males then emerge and mate with… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-04-11T13:00:00-06:00 April is National Garden Month /article/april_is_national_garden_month/ /article/april_is_national_garden_month/#When:21:33:00Z April’s showers and flowers make it the perfect month to celebrate gardening. During National Garden Month, you can reflect on all the benefits gardening brings beyond the fruit, produce or flowers that grow, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist. Growing your own food Food is a necessity that can take a big bite out of… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-04-04T21:33:00-06:00 Celebrate Value of Missouri Trees During Arbor Days in April /article/celebrate_value_of_missouri_trees_during_arbor_days_in_april1/ /article/celebrate_value_of_missouri_trees_during_arbor_days_in_april1/#When:14:40:00Z According to the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), no matter where Missourians live—in the country, suburbs or cities—trees and forests are valuable to their health, wealth and happiness. Celebrate the value of Missouri trees and forests on Arbor Days in April… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-03-22T14:40:00-06:00 Drought Damage: Which Trees Will Survive? /article/drought_damage_which_trees_will_survive/ /article/drought_damage_which_trees_will_survive/#When:14:28:00Z Last year’s drought left many of Missouri’s trees and shrubs in trouble. As spring arrives, we’ll learn what survived and what did not. Trees can be very resilient and may surprise you, said Tim Baker, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. However, it’s still too early to tell which trees succumbed to 2012 drought and extreme heat.… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-03-22T14:28:00-06:00 Helping Your Soil Be All It Can Be /article/helping_your_soil_be_all_it_can_be/ /article/helping_your_soil_be_all_it_can_be/#When:15:11:00Z The earth beneath your feet may seem ordinary and benign. It’s anything but. Good soil can mean the difference between a garden that thrives and one that struggles and dies. Plants depend on soil for water, nutrients, minerals and even physical support. You may need to add organic matter to your soil to improve its structure and composition,… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-03-14T15:11:00-06:00 Practice Good Garden Hygiene by Sanitizing Tools /article/practice_good_garden_hygiene_by_sanitizing_tools/ /article/practice_good_garden_hygiene_by_sanitizing_tools/#When:14:58:02Z Just like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Sanitizing garden tools between uses will lower the risk of spreading diseases from one plant to another, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist. “In this day and age we are seeing more and more soil-borne diseases, such as bacterial canker in tomatoes,” said David Trinklein. “Sanitation… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-03-14T14:58:02-06:00 Soil Tests Take the Guesswork Out of Fertilizing Your Lawn and Garden /article/soil_tests_take_the_guesswork_out_of_fertilizing_your_lawn_and_garden/ /article/soil_tests_take_the_guesswork_out_of_fertilizing_your_lawn_and_garden/#When:17:04:00Z Many garden and home-improvement stores offer a seemingly endless selection of fertilizers. What’s the best choice for your lawn or garden? Only your soil knows for sure. The easiest way to make sure your plants get the nutrients they need is by having the soil tested, says David Trinklein, University of Missouri Extension horticulture specialist. Soil… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-03-07T17:04:00-06:00 Container Gardening: Thrillers, Fillers and Spillers /article/container_gardening_thrillers_fillers_and_spillers/ /article/container_gardening_thrillers_fillers_and_spillers/#When:16:55:01Z If you’re yearning to grow flowers or vegetables but are short on space or have limited mobility, University of Missouri Extension horticulturist David Trinklein suggests giving container gardening a try. Container gardening allows for creativity in a small space and, since plants can be moved inside in the spring and fall, lets gardeners extend the growing season, Trinklein… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-03-07T16:55:01-06:00 Get a Jump on Spring Gardening /article/get_a_jump_on_spring_gardening/ /article/get_a_jump_on_spring_gardening/#When:16:10:00Z Gardeners willing to put in a bit of effort can jump-start this year’s vegetable or flower garden by starting seeds indoors. Tender seeds need the right amount of heat, light and water to germinate and thrive, says David Trinklein, horticulture specialist for University of Missouri Extension. Accurate temperature… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-03-07T16:10:00-06:00 Add Variety to Your Garden with Edible Flowers /article/add_variety_to_your_garden_with_edible_flowers/ /article/add_variety_to_your_garden_with_edible_flowers/#When:19:30:00Z When it comes to tasty treats from the garden, it is hard to go wrong with a sun-ripened tomato, a yummy zucchini or a crunchy bell pepper. However, fruits and vegetables are not the only way to get great flavor from your garden. David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulturist, said there are many different types… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-02-15T19:30:00-06:00 Think Edibles When Planning Your Spring and Summer Landscape /article/think_edibles_when_planning_your_spring_and_summer_landscape/ /article/think_edibles_when_planning_your_spring_and_summer_landscape/#When:17:49:00Z Even though it is still winter in Oklahoma, it is not too early to start planning your spring and summer landscapes. When thinking about landscapes, colorful flowers easily come to mind. Something a gardening enthusiast may want to consider is combining those flowers and shrubs with edible plants. Kim Toscano, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2013-02-07T17:49:00-06:00 Winter Project: Build a Home for Friendly, Perky Wrens /article/winter_project_build_a_home_for_friendly_perky_wrens/ /article/winter_project_build_a_home_for_friendly_perky_wrens/#When:16:08:00Z Wrens are seen in suburban yards and around rural homes all over Arkansas. In general they are people friendly. Perky and energetic, wrens are busy bug eaters too. Wrens will make use of most anything for nests – pocket of a hanging gardening apron, empty flower pot, you name it. A shed with a small opening… Pursuits, Backyard 2013-01-25T16:08:00-06:00 Location a Key to Bluebird Box Nesting Success /article/location_a_key_to_bluebird_box_nesting_success/ /article/location_a_key_to_bluebird_box_nesting_success/#When:15:37:00Z People in the real estate business talk about the importance of “location, location, location.” It also applies to bluebird nesting boxes. You can build or buy a bluebird box readily, but where it is put up is probably more of a factor in getting nesting success than the box itself. Bluebirds choose… Pursuits, Backyard 2013-01-24T15:37:00-06:00 Name That Weed /article/name_that_weed/ /article/name_that_weed/#When:16:47:00Z A new app can help people easily identify weeds in their field, lawn or garden. Kevin Bradley, MU Extension weed scientist and associate professor of plant sciences in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, unveiled the app for… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2012-12-21T16:47:00-06:00 It’s Tree Pruning Time /article/its_tree_pruning_time/ /article/its_tree_pruning_time/#When:15:42:00Z Now that the leaves have fallen, it’s time to think about pruning your trees. “The best time to prune is during the dormant season, from the time of leaf fall in the autumn until they leaf out in the spring,” said Hank Stelzer, University of Missouri Extension forestry specialist. “You… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2012-12-14T15:42:00-06:00 NASA-NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night /article/nasa_noaa_satellite_reveals_new_views_of_earth_at_night/ /article/nasa_noaa_satellite_reveals_new_views_of_earth_at_night/#When:15:52:00Z Scientists recently unveiled an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.… Pursuits, Backyard, Night Sky 2012-12-07T15:52:00-06:00 From the Living Room to the Yard, Christmas Trees Used for Landscape /article/from_the_living_room_to_the_yard_christmas_trees_used_for_landscape/ /article/from_the_living_room_to_the_yard_christmas_trees_used_for_landscape/#When:15:37:00Z Christmas trees come in all shapes and sizes. Some are harvested and used for just one season, while others are purchased with a longer time frame in mind. No matter which tree you choose for this season, it is sure to add to everyone’s holiday spirit. To keep that spirit alive year round, or to just add to… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2012-12-07T15:37:00-06:00 Galls on Oak Trees Unsightly But Harmless /article/galls_on_oak_trees_unsightly_but_harmless/ /article/galls_on_oak_trees_unsightly_but_harmless/#When:15:08:00Z Those unsightly round, brown growths seen on oaks this time of year won’t harm the tree, says a University of Missouri Extension fruit specialist. It has been a “banner year for galls” on oak, hickory, chestnut and walnut trees, says Michele… Pursuits, Backyard, Gardening and Landscaping 2012-11-09T15:08:00-06:00 Composting Can Help Reduce Yard and Household Waste /article/composting_can_help_reduce_yard_and_household_waste/ /article/composting_can_help_reduce_yard_and_household_waste/#When:22:26:02Z Landfills across the state are quickly filling up and some have closed because there is no more room. Yard and food waste take up a good chunk of available landfill space. One way to help reduce the amount of material going into the landfill is to compost, said David Hillock, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension consumer horticulture specialist.… Pursuits, Backyard 2012-10-18T22:26:02-06:00