Plant Disease Resistant Cultivars

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. 

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Spring Lawn Tips

Fescue lawns in Kentucky can struggle by the end of the summer with drought, disease, and even insect problems.  Often our fescue lawns are thin and needing some nitrogen by the time fall arrives.  September and October are the best times to overseed and fertilize your lawn but some maintenance practices can be done in the spring.

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Termite Season

Springtime brings warmer temperatures and more abundant rainfall, and it’s typically when many winged termites emerge inside homes and other structures. Termites swarm from their colony to disburse, fall to the ground, find mates and start new colonies in the soil. 

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What’s that goo?

You may have noticed greenish/brown jelly like blobs appearing in your drive way or lawn. That is called Nostoc. It is a type of bacteria that gets its energy from photosynthesis like plants do. Following a period of rain, it may appear suddenly in lawns, pastures, paved surfaces, roofs or stones. Nostoc has many colorful names including witches’ butter, mare’s eggs and meadow ears, among others. In fact, one of the earliest names for it was star jelly, based on the belief that it was a remnant of shooting stars fallen to earth. Continue reading

Butterfly Gardens

This summer, many families plan to travel for vacation.  Maybe a trip to the beach or out west to the mountains.  Some of these trips require a day or two of driving long distances.  One species of butterfly could be considered the ultimate trip planner. Continue reading

Can I Garden over my Septic System?

As we start to think about gardening and lawn care this year, one question may pop up: Can I garden on my septic system? Well, there are a couple of questions to consider:

  1. Can a garden be contaminated by bacterial and viral hazards which may be found in septic drainfields? A properly operating septic system will not contaminate the soil with disease organisms, but it can be difficult to tell if the system is working at optimum efficiency.  Also, the soil type can make a difference. Clay like soil will eliminate any organism within a few inches of the system, while a sandy soil could allow for movement of bacteria several feet.

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Tool Clean Up & Care

At the end of the gardening season, it’s so easy to just walk away from your garden and “deal with it” in the spring. And when it comes to tools, as long as they are back in the shed, well, you’ve done great and can find them again when you need them. However, even your gardening tools need a little TLC to keep them fresh (and disease free) for next year. So over the winter, spending some time caring for your tools will help them last longer and keep your garden healthier for the next season. Continue reading