Outdoor entertaining areas are the new craze in many landscapes. A water feature can be designed to fit virtually any landscape or entertainment area, no matter how large or small the area.

Small fruit have become a favorite among gardeners. From strawberry containers on a patio to full-scale planting of grapes, small fruit are showing up in all areas of the state. Western Oklahoma has its limits, but small fruit such as grapes, strawberries, and blackberries will perform quite well.

Lawton Farmers Market will be offering Ask a Farmer booth Saturday. Hours of the market will be 8 a.m. to noon at the Cameron University Animal and Plant Sciences building on Southwest 38th Street. There will be local beef, breads, and vegetables available.

Growing roses is probably the easiest shrub to grow in the landscape. Success simply involves learning the plants’ basic needs, understanding the garden environment and then adjusting the care of the rose plant.

Parks Jones Realty and Naturescape Nursery are celebrating Arbor Day by giving away 200 oak trees on Saturday.

Just when people thought it may be safe to take a collective breath after the roller coaster year that was 2020, something big is on the way — and they’re planning on arriving in the billions.

This past month has looked bad for many plants due to the below zero temperatures. But all the experts were saying wait and see about the damage. The wait has paid off.

With the freeze this winter, mature trees may experience some damage. To know exactly what damage has occured wait until the trees leaves out.

Bees, birds and butterflies play integral roles in pollinating many of the crops humans rely on for sustenance. The National Pollinator Garden Network, through the National Wildlife Federation, recently launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an effort to increase the amount of nec…

When designing a new landscape or re-landscaping an existing one it is always a good idea to start with a design. This is especially true when installing beds and borders whether it is done by a do-it-yourselfer or a professional.

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It is too early to tell if the winter freeze has done any damage. However, it is not to early to start planning a new lawn.

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Slicing into the first tomato of the season is a much anticipated moment for gardeners. Tomatoes are among the most popular fruit or vegetable plants grown in home gardens. Much of that popularity may be credited to the fact that red, ripe tomatoes have a delicious, juicy flavor that serves …

There are many shrubs available on the market, but, finding the right shrub and placing it in the right location will save gardeners both time and money. Here are a few shrubs that have done exceptionally well in Lawton.

After a very damaging winter from ice, below zero temperatures, and heavy snowfall, Spring is here! Spring is the time to begin working on those things that need to be changed, cleaned up and added new. Gardeners need to draw up a new plan for new plants and work up the best maintenance prac…

Mother Nature has dwelt Oklahoma another winter blow this year. An ice storm in late October and now below zero temperatures with 6 to 12 inches of snow can cause damage to most plants. Unfortunately, homeowners won’t be able to know the full extent of winter damage until early spring when n…

Plants do best when they are adapted to the environment around them. Plants can’t go anywhere if their environment is poor or if they are threatened by insect or diseases. Several studies have proven that plants can adapt with a little help. Here are some helpful hints in growing plants.

There are almost as many ways to fertilize as there are types of fertilizers. Each offers its own advantages and special use. With a little information any gardeners can buy the right fertilizer for their plants and apply it according to the label.

During the cold months of winter, many people stare longingly out of the window dreaming of spring and time spent outdoors. For those with green thumbs, images of tending to the garden and other aspects of their landscapes no doubt dominate such daydreams.

It is 30 degrees outside today and the wind is blowing 25 miles per hour. Now would be a good time to consider redoing the landscaping, particularly looking for plants to conserve energy in and around the house.

Warm weather means more opportunities to spend time outdoors while at home. Whether your favorite form of outdoor recreation includes sitting on the patio reading or digging in the garden, there’s a good chance that you will be sharing the space with local wildlife. Optimizing opportunities …

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Home grown fresh fruit is one of the greatest pleasures a gardener can experience. A fruit orchard is not for every gardener. Time, labor and money are needed to produce those tasty fruit that everyone loves.

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Since shrubs are a permanent part of the landscape, homeowners need to know the proper planting technique to give shrubs a healthy start.

There are college degrees in landscape designs, bookshelves full of books and “professionals” who have learned from experience how to landscape a house or business. Even though there is all that expertise available many homeowners are interested in designing their own landscape. Here are a f…

The most attractive landscape is one that provides interest all year long. Carefully selected plants, good maintenance and some creativity can produce a landscape that is pleasing to look at as well as functional.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Master Gardener Classes will be held on Tuesdays in January and February starting Jan. 12, 2021 and go for six weeks ending Feb. 16, 2021. The classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To be named a Master Gardener you must attend 12 classes. So this course is offe…

Homes are getting bigger, but it seems like people are still lamenting a lack of storage space.

Homeowners should know about lawn care products and services before they spend money on them. All lawn care pesticide companies have to be responsive to their customer’s questions and complaints about pesticide use to stay in business. Here are some questions that should be asked and answere…

Citizens of Lawton are known for being good neighbors. There is no better place that we can prove this than in the way we take care of our homes and landscape. In hope that our interest in landscaping will spread to all who surround us, here are some ways we can be better neighbors through o…

LAWOTN, OK — Houseplants are normally tropical plants and usually grown for their foliage. However, there are a group of houseplants that bloom during certain times of the year.

There are several aspects of the landscape environment that influence how well plants will grow. The most obvious of these are light, heat, moisture and nutrients.

Water gardens have lost their charm over the last few years but should not be discounted as an addition to any garden. Homeowners can appreciate the relaxing atmosphere of falling water into a pool of plants and fish. With a little knowledge any do-it-yourselfer can build a pond just like th…

Many questions arise when gardeners are thinking about next year’s landscape. Here are a few that have come across my desk over the last few years

“I have a black bug. What is it?” That question can only be answered by “it depends.”

LAWTON, OK —  On Saturday the Lawton Farmers Market moves to their Winter Market location at Cameron University Animal and Plant Sciences complex located on Southwest 38th Street and Elsie Hamm Drive. The market hours will remain the same from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Masks are required on Cameron University property and the market will be observing social distancing guidelines, as well as controlled numbers of patrons and vendors, and entry and exit regulations. All precautions will be observed for the protection of the market patrons and vendors.

Welcome to Oklahoma weather! Winter weather can have a major effect on Oklahoma landscapes especially when it causes damage to trees. Unfortunately, other than broken branches, homeowners won’t be able to know the full extent of winter damage until early spring when new growth begins.

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Each weekend in spring, summer and fall, millions of homeowners fire up their mowers and cut the grass in their yards. A few hours spent mowing the lawn can be a great time to get some sun and some exercise in the great outdoors.

Insets are found in almost every conceivable environment in nature. Even in our homes. Insects in the house are irritating, could be a health risk or damaging insects. Insecticides should only be used when specific pests appear or where there is a history of pest infestation.

LAWTON, OK — Well, it hasn’t happened yet but it’s coming. The annual battle with a frost or a freeze has been waged by gardeners for generations. There are good ways and bad ways, popular methods and snake-oil type tricks to protect plants from frost or freeze damage.

Tending to backyard vegetable gardens can fill many hours of enjoyable downtime in the great outdoors. What’s more, the bounty produced by such gardens provides healthy, fresh foods to gardeners and their loved ones.

Starting a tree from a seed is a slow process but rewarding way to grow a tree. Tree species may be grown from a seed since the seedling usually retain the characteristics of the parent plants. Raising a tree from hard coated seeds is a rather simple process even though it is a slow method o…

The temperatures are beginning to fall, well almost, and the night temperatures are falling. Don’t put those tools up just yet because it is now time to start thinking about what needs to be done in the garden and landscape before winter sets in.

They’re back! After the well needed rains, little mounds of soil have sprung up everywhere. When they are disturbed one will find ants everywhere in these mounds. Most of these mounds are fire ants. Whether they are the imported fire ant or our native fire ant it is hard to tell.

Autumn is gardening season. That statement may not seem right to those who think of the spring as the peak time to care for lawns and gardens. However, autumn is an ideal time to get into the garden and ensure that flowers, trees and garden beds will over-winter successfully.

A farmers’ market is likely coming to a field or open parking lot near you — if there isn’t already one operating nearby. The United States Department of Agriculture says that, between the years of 2008 and 2013, the number of farmers’ markets doubled across the country.

Dallisgrass has been growing everywhere in many home lawns and other turfgrass areas in Oklahoma. Professional lawn weed control companies have had some success, but it is still difficult to control. So, what is a control that homeowners may use?

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