Plants that grow in Kansas have to be tough. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to help them along a little thought.
Many young, smooth, thin-barked trees such as honey locusts, fruit trees, ashes, oaks, maples, lindens, and willows are susceptible to sunscald and bark cracks. Sunscald normally develops on the south or southwest side of the tree during late winter. Sunny, warm winter days may heat the bark to relatively high temperatures.
Research done in Georgia has shown that the southwest side of the trunk of a peach tree can be 40 degrees warmer than shaded bark. This warming action can cause a loss of cold hardiness of the bark tissue resulting in cells becoming active. These cells then become susceptible to lethal freezing when the temperature drops at night.
The damaged bark tissue becomes sunken and discolored in late spring. Damaged bark will eventually crack and slough off. Trees often recover but need TLC — especially watering during dry weather. Applying a light colored tree wrap from the ground to the start of the first branches can protect recently planted trees. This should be done in October to November and removed the following March. Failure to remove the tree wrap in the spring can prove detrimental to the tree.
This week’s column is about when to culture your tall fescue lawn. Before we get into that I would like to mention that we will accept applications for our Basic Master Gardener Training Course through Friday, September 8. Continue reading “When to Culture you Fescue Lawn”→
Horticulturally speaking, much of Harvey County soil dominated by clay. I know there are exceptions but in my experience with lawns here the clay content is very high. Right now is the optimum time to power rake or core-aerate our cool season lawns like tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass lawns. Continue reading “Harvey County Soil”→
When I receive the test plot trial tomatoes to evaluate for Kansas State University I never know what to expect. We receive 6 plants each of 10 different varieties for a total of 60 tomato plants. Half of these are grown in the Giving Garden in Newton and the other half are grown by a Harvey County Master Gardener. We take data on these tomatoes as they are growing and send this information to KSU for their research records. Our trial at the Giving Garden gives us the opportunity to test different varieties of tomatoes at the Harvey County Fair in what we call “Tomato Tasting Table”. Continue reading “Tomato Tasting Results”→
It’s coming! You can be a pro or a novice, this program is for everyone. Are you interested in learning about landscaping trees, turf, flowers, vegetables, or growing etc. Are you interested in volunteering? K-State Research and Extension-Harvey County is accepting applications for the fall 2017 Basic Master Gardener class. Continue reading “Master Gardener Training Class Opens Enrollment”→