Hackberry…A Tree Which Belongs

Hackberry…A Tree Which Belongs

The common hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is a commonly mistreated tree. When I was in younger I disliked this tree greatly,, partly due to its readiness to produce hundreds of seedlings in our garden. While at Kansas State University, a hackberry tree seemingly fell down on its own at one of the sororities. I am sure […]

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Rhizosphaera Needle Cast of Spruce

Rhizosphaera Needle Cast of Spruce

Every year it amazes me how much information our brain can hold. The more landscapes I go to see, the more things I realize I have yet to learn. This past summer I started consulting in Atchison, KS after we added a garden center there. One of the first jobs I went to had a […]

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Kentucky Coffeetree

Growing up in North Central Kansas, I developed a love for large, tough shade trees to give rest from the intense summer heat. Although originally a prairie, my grandparent’s land is dotted with trees they collected seed for in their travels across America. They had me identify and catalog their tree species one year and […]

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Oh Christmas Tree!

Oh Christmas Tree!

Christmas trees have long held the world’s gaze. As early as October in many parts of the world and certainly in the U.S. you can find people putting up Christmas trees and decorations.  Many people, me included, stop to gaze at grand trees decorated with lights and baubles in every city we come to.  The […]

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Oak Itch Mites

Oak Itch Mites

Oak Itch mite has become a serious pest over the last 3 years, with outbreaks in Kansas and 7 other states. First discovered in Kansas in 2004, they have become quite a problem for those working and spending time outdoors.   The mites feed mainly on the larvae of the Oak Leaf Fold Gall Midge.  […]

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks Our world is filled with amazing things. We get to see the world change in full circle each year. From the deep snows winter to the sweet blossoms of springtime to the colors of summer to the autumn crispness and back to winter again every year. Many countries and people do not get […]

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Leave those Leaves!

Leave those Leaves!

It is that time of year again, when leaves are falling from the trees and making a mess of your beautiful yard and gardens. They are littering up your sidewalks and drives,  and piling up in your window-wells. While they are beautiful in colors, providing a fun place to play for kids and adults alike, […]

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Diversifying for Pollinators

Diversifying for Pollinators

It is very interesting how insects, birds, and plants can coexist naturally and amazingly, without killing each other off the planet entirely. Insects are around us, literally everywhere. While I can generally identify some 50 species of insects or more, there are another 200 lurking in my backyard I have no idea about, and another […]

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