Attracting Hummingbirds to the Garden

Attracting Hummingbirds to the Garden

Attracting hummingbirds is one of nearly every gardener’s dream. We all want these brightly colored, quick-moving birds flitting about in our gardens. Watching them sparring over mates and territory in the summer is as fascinating as watching the sunset in the Flint Hills of Kansas. But how do we attract hummingbirds to the garden? Can […]

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Replacing the Urban Tree Canopy – Post EAB

Replacing the Urban Tree Canopy – Post EAB

The urban tree canopy is failing. In many cities across eastern North America, gardeners and arborists find themselves in a situation. We need to replace the canopy of our urban forest, again. This has happened before, and we failed to learn from it. It happened after Dutch Elm Disease, and now it is happening again […]

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A Guide to Growing Oaks: Pests & Diseases

A Guide to Growing Oaks: Pests & Diseases

Last week we talked about the various kinds of oaks that can be grown here in the central Great Plains. Now we are going to go over the various pests and disease that may effect those trees. There are many problems that are more aesthetic than need to be worried about. But I will discuss […]

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Definitions of Common Gardening Terms

Definitions of Common Gardening Terms

There are many words used in gardening posts and blogs that people may not know the meaning of. Well, this post is the place to be if you really want to know what something mean. I will be defining to the best of my knowledge (and a dictionary) the following terms. Enjoy and I hope […]

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A Guide To Growing Oaks: Picking a Tree

A Guide To Growing Oaks: Picking a Tree

Oaks are part of nearly every landscape in North America. There are 91 species of oaks in the United States, and another 100 or so crosses between species. Choosing an oak for your landscape can be challenging with this many options. The good thing is, most nurseries only carry a few species and some cultivars. […]

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Growing Fruit – Problems of Stone Fruits

Growing Fruit – Problems of Stone Fruits

In the last blog I went over all the major problems of pome fruits in the Central Great Plains. Now I am ready to get on to something even juicier, the stone fruits. What are stone fruits? Stone fruits include fruits that have a centralized single seed, usually with a very hard shell or coating. […]

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The Care of Trees – Major Diseases of Trees

The Care of Trees – Major Diseases of Trees

As we head into autumn we need to start preparing for next season’s round of diseases. Some of these diseases of trees will affect us now and into winter, while others pop up during spring and summer. Knowing which disease is most likely to be a problem for our trees is important to preventing major […]

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Plant of the Week: Oregon Trail Maple

Plant of the Week: Oregon Trail Maple

Oregon Trail maple is our Plant of the Week for the last week of October. This is our signature tree, everyone around us knows us for this special plant. About Oregon Trail Maple Hiawatha, KS has long been known as the City of Beautiful Maples. Over the decades, many sugar maples were planted in Hiawatha, […]

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