Extension Agent for Horticulture
Serving home gardeners and Green Industry professionals, including commercial fruit & vegetable producers.
Advisor to: Christian County Master Gardener Association; Downtown Hopkinsville Farmers Market.
On Wednesday, July 7, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Evergreen Trees for Kentucky with Dr. Win Dunwell, UK Horticulture Specialist. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.
On Wednesday, June 30, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Native Plants of Kentucky with Eric Comley, UK 4-H Agent in Garrard County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.
On Wednesday, June 23, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Growing Lavender in Kentucky with Dennis Morgeson, UK Horticulture Agent in Washington County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.
On Wednesday, June 16, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Moles and Other Pesky Diggers with Kelly Jackson, UK Horticulture Agent in Christian County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.
Throughout the month of May is prime swarm season for honey bees. If you are a bee keeper you might be very excited about this. Otherwise, the thought of a swarm of bees ascending in your yard can be quite intimidating. Have no fear, swarms of bees tend to be very docile as they are on a mission to find a new home.
Do you have problems with fire blight, black spot, powdery mildew, Fusarium wilt, early blight, and late blight? If this is the case, plant disease resistant varieties this year! Sure old time favorites are what you are used to but try something different with them this year. Mail order catalogues promise a bountiful harvest of fruits and vegetables without much work, but we all know that isn’t how it works. However, there is one thing that we can do easily that will save us a lot of hassle this summer, variety selection.
Is something devouring your evergreens? Look closely, the culprit may be camouflaged and right in front of you! Bagworms are caterpillars that make distinctive spindle-shaped bags on a variety of trees and shrubs throughout Kentucky. They attack both deciduous trees and evergreens, but are especially damaging to juniper, arborvitae, spruce, pine and cedar.
Look to flowering shrubs to raise perennial blossoms on woody branches above the lawn. Some shrubs display enormous blossoms in warm weather. Such flowering champions can be found among the family of Hydrangeaceae.
Moss in a lawn is not necessarily a bad thing. Usually moss becomes established in lawn areas where turf is thin or nonexistent. This may be a shady or full-sun site that remains wet for long periods of time. Areas with poor surface drainage, like low spots that collect water, or poor air circulation found next to buildings or wooded lots may also have moss. In these cases, it is not so much that the moss is crowding out the grass but rather the moss is filling in as the grass thins out.
On Wednesday, April 28, the Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays presents a training on Summer and Fall Lawn Care with Ray Tackett, UK Horticulture Agent in Bourbon County. The webinar begins at 12:30 pm EST/ 11:30 am CST.