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Tips For April Vegetables

Apr 12, 2021
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If you're one of those who have already planted your tender vegetables, let me give you a few tips.

Tips For Preparing Your Trees And Shrubs

Mar 12, 2021
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It is March. This is the time of year that many people are shopping for their landscape trees, shrubs, and fruit trees. Here are some tips for preparing your trees and shrubs.

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Today's topic is how to put up a no vacancy sign for the Douglas-fir beetles. Most people are aware of the destruction to large swaths of forest trees brought about by a tiny insect group called bark beetles.

Tips For Choosing Fruit Trees

Feb 28, 2021
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As we get into February, we start thinking a little bit about spring. I wanted to give you a few tips on choosing fruit trees. Let's talk for a minute about what grows well in Utah.

Starting To Plan For Your Garden

Feb 27, 2021
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I'm in shock. It's already February. I did get my asparagus seeds planted last month, and they're just coming up. My leftover seeds from 2020 have also been inventory. And I'm going to run germination tests on those starting this weekend.

Mold Can Affect Your Lawn Too

Jan 29, 2021

The term mold describes several fungal species that have a fuzzy appearance, especially when found on that loaf of bread in the back of the pantry that you forgot about.

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We are aware that climate change has ushered in an era of more frequent and extreme droughts, which constrain agricultural water supplies and stress crops. In response, agricultural companies have been developing many varieties of drought-tolerant corn and other plants. These drought-tolerant plants may come with an added benefit, resistance to mites and other pests. 

COVID-19, Backyard Chicken Ranching, And Rodents

Jan 16, 2021
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COVID-19 has caused all to change and adapt to new social distancing guidelines to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on their lives and communities.  In response to social distancing guidelines, innovative Utahns have engaged in new activities that still allow for family contact and explore new adventures. These activities have included increased participation in outdoor recreation and backyard agriculture to include gardening and chicken.

Making Seed Choices For Your 2021 Garden

Jan 8, 2021
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Well, if you would like me, your mail has probably been inundated with those gardening catalogs that come this time of year. I actually enjoy sitting down and going through those making choices to what I want to grow in the coming gardening season. One of the reasons I enjoy doing this is because I always look for new varieties. I look for something that I haven't tried before, something that's become highly recommended by a friend, or possibly by one of the gardening associations. 

Preparing For Your 2021 Garden

Jan 1, 2021
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I kind of like January; you can see the sun rising on the horizon and begin to imagine the days getting longer. Here in northern Utah, there are a couple of things you need to do to get ready for the 2021 gardening season. 

Be Aware Of Wildlife This Winter Season

Dec 22, 2020
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Winter is a time of reduced food supplies and covers for most wildlife. Just as we humans prepare for winter, so must Utah's wildlife. To survive winter wildlife must either hibernate, migrate or adapt.

Caring For Your Citris Plants During The Winter Months

Dec 14, 2020
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This is Rick Heflebower,  Horticulture Extension Agent for Utah State University located in Washington County.

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Have you been perusing nursery catalogs to purchase apple trees of your favorite varieties that you're finding in the grocery store? I'm talking about new favorites like Pink Lady, Opal, Jazz, Envy, Kanzi, and Cosmic Crisp. Unfortunately, you won't find any of these at mailorder nurseries or local garden centers.

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Wow, October and November have been quite this fall for us. They've been a real bonus here in northern Utah. So if your garden needs some attention, hopefully, you got things put to bed this year.

Living with Cougars in Utah

Oct 23, 2020
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In recent weeks, reports of cougar sightings have increased across Utah.

Preparing Fruit Plants For The Winter

Oct 20, 2020
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Now it is time to begin preparing fruit plants to survive the winters cold. A few simple steps can make the difference between success and failure.

October is kind of the end of the gardening season here in northern Utah. You may have experienced a frost in some of the higher mountain valleys. While in southern Utah things are still pretty good and you might have some time to enjoy the plants that are still there.

Tips For Planting A Late Fall Garden

Oct 2, 2020
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This time of year, things are starting to mature from our late garden like beans, corn, pumpkins. It's also a good time to begin to think about planting a late fall garden. The air temperatures are cool, but the soil temperatures are warm.

Preparing Fruit Trees For The Cold Weather

Sep 15, 2020
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At long last, the temperatures are beginning to cool in northern Utah. Some locations have already experienced black frosts. During September the last of the peaches and apples will be harvested. At the end of the season, it's time to begin preparing fruit trees for the cold weather that will surely come. The idea is to not do things that encourage growth. Here are some ideas to consider.

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As September progresses, temperatures begin to cool, and the possibility of frosty weather increases. If your garden is like mine, there's a lot of produce left in it. So pay attention to the weather.

Tips On Removing Spider Mites

Sep 15, 2020
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Now that we're into the real heat of summer, and a lot of our garden veggies are really producing, one of the common pests that you tend to see this time of year is spider mites. Mites are relatives of spiders and ticks. There are many types of mites, some will harm humans and livestock, others are important in breaking down organic matter in the soil.

How Close Is Too Close To Wildlife?

Sep 15, 2020
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In recent weeks curious but misguided wildlife watchers and national parks have unfortunate encounters with wildlife. The Wildlife watchers were using their smartphones to video and photograph wildlife.

Knowing When Your Melons Are Ripe

Aug 17, 2020
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August is starting as hot and dry as July. That means keeping up with your garden irrigation. As more crops mature and the fruit ripens, keep those plants healthy and productive by making sure that you continue to apply about one and a half inches of water per week.

Tips For Having A Healthy Lawn

Jul 13, 2020
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  With July, we have experienced already some pretty extreme temperatures. With northern Utah experiencing high 90’s, St. George has been 100 degrees, Moab has been 100 or will be very short.

A Look At The Short Life Cycle Of A Cicada

Jul 13, 2020
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Cicadas are medium-sized insects with large compound eyes and large membranous wings. They have piercing-sucking mouthparts that feed on the sap of the roots of woody plants such as trees and shrubs.

Tips For Growing New Trees

Jun 12, 2020
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Every year Utah farmers and gardeners plant new fruit trees. Some are planted as bare root trees and others were planted from pots. Hopefully, by now your small tree has leaked out and is showing good signs of life. Following our six precautions to take with your tender new fruit trees.

Asian Giant Hornet: What You Should Know

Jun 1, 2020
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Today's topic is the Asian Giant Hornet or what some people are calling the Murder Hornet. You may have heard of this insect; it is a large hornet or wasp. It is one and a half to two inches long- so about the size of a matchbox.  

Baby Wildlife

May 29, 2020
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“Daddy can I keep him?” There's something about this phrase and its companion phrase, “Mama Can I keep him?” which can melt the heart of any parent. When accompanied by a child's woeful pleading, loving stare and followed up with “he followed me home where I found them all alone under a tree, rock, or bush” will almost certainly assure that him or her whether it be a puppy, kitten, or baby wildlife will find a new home.

Fertilizing Fruit Trees

May 29, 2020
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The most important food for plants is water, sunlight and carbon dioxide. About 94% of plant dry weight consists of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, derived from the process of photosynthesis. The remaining 6% is composed of 13 essential mineral elements, the largest portion of which is nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. All these mineral nutrients are important for plant growth, they cannot make up for insufficient water or sunlight.

USU Extension Online Gardening Tips

May 15, 2020
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May brings many things to do in the garden. And if you've been to one of our garden centers here in Utah lately, you'll notice that there's a lot of people there buying plants-- lots of garden plants in particular.

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