The Green Thumb

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Utah State University Extension specialists offer timely advice and gardening tips for all seasons from caring for your summer lawn to keeping your indoor plants thriving during the winter months.

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Gardening In September

Sep 11, 2018

Hi! This is Dan Drost, Utah State University Extension Vegetable specialist talking to you this fall about gardening and the things that you should do and the things that you have to finish up.

Spiders: The Beneficial Predator

Sep 11, 2018

Hello! This is Diane Alston, I’m an extension entomologist at Utah State University. And today I want to talk with you about spiders. Late summer and early fall is a peak time for spider activity. They are mating and laying eggs and getting ready to survive the winter.

In Utah, we have several wildlife species that have been implicated in attacks on humans, livestock and pets. Negative interaction with large ungulates is becoming more common. Although there are risks associated with the outdoors by following simple rules and applying common sense you can mitigate that risk. 

Tips On How To Pick The Perfect Melon

Aug 10, 2018

August is melon month. The biggest problem that many gardeners get is how do you select a good melon. So I’m going to give you a few tips today. 

Late Summer Control Measures For Weeds

Aug 8, 2018

As summer and family reunions begin to wind down this year your lawn may be showing signs of stress due to the heat we’ve been having. The off-color you may be seeing is normal for our grasses this time of year as they enter dormancy.  But please be patient and continue to irrigate as conservatively as possible. 

The Nuisance Of The Elm Seed Bug

Aug 8, 2018

As you know July is a time of year when the insects can be very abundant. Anyone who knows that grasshoppers and bees are very active outside this time year, think about the dragonflies.

However, there is another there is another insect I want to mention today. Another one of these invasives that came to us from Europe via Idaho and now it is in northern Utah. And it is called the elm seed bug.

Several Ways To Stop Slithering Snakes

Aug 8, 2018

With the drier and hotter start to the summer, more snakes are their prey into areas that are irrigated, that also provide good cover, green groceries and available prey sources.   This describes many people’s yards.  Not that you would want to get close enough to tell but venomous snakes typically have pupils of the eye that resembles a cat. 

Irrigating Fruit Trees

Aug 8, 2018

Now that summer has arrived in all its glory, irrigating fruit trees becomes even more important. Fruit trees that don’t receive enough water will have stunted growth and the leaves may wilt, curl, and sunburn.  Good irrigation practices provide trees with water when they need it.  Fruit trees that were planted this spring or last year will need regular watering to survive and become established.