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?

Move over honeybees there is a bigger more efficient pollinator in town. Bumble bees are spotted in our gardens and landscape in larger numbers. In many cases they are replacing the common honeybee.

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The use of succulents in dish gardens was Comanche County 4-H Educator Sharon Stuckey’s topic at an Oklahoma Home and Community Education leader lesson here Tuesday.

The sound of birds singing in the morning can be music to many gardeners. Any garden can be a place of beauty and solitude as well a smorgasbord for the many birds found in Oklahoma. There are dozens of trees and shrubs which will provide shelter and food for the birds.

People who have not spent much time in a garden may not consider this rewarding hobby much of a threat to their health. But as veteran gardeners can attest, gardening can contribute to nagging aches and pains that can force even the most ardent green-thumbers indoors.

Drought, extreme temperature, possible watering restriction, why would anyone consider planting a landscape. There is one group of plants that can tolerate all of those conditions, called cacti. Cacti are magnificent plants giving shapes of all kinds from round balls to enormous tree-like gr…

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Dogs love spending time outdoors. Dog owners with yards know that dogs benefit greatly from some exercise in the backyard. While that time might be great for dogs, it can take its toll on lawns.

This year The Garden Guy decided to add some dwarf buddleia into his arsenal of pollinator plants. The idea of 3-foot-tall or less buddleias or butterfly bushes seemed like just what the doctor ordered to be able to incorporate them with lantanas, rudbeckias, gaillardia and salvias for a col…

Even though the number of fireplaces using actual wood have been declining, the number of outdoors fireplaces have been increasing. There is nothing more soothing than sitting around the fireplace and eating smores. So, the question becomes, what should homeowners look for when purchasing firewood?

Grapes are popular for home plantings because they can be used in so many ways. Properly managed grapevines also add an attractive landscape feature to home planting during the growing season.

Landscapes are unique places that often convey their beauty and originality through the use of unusual trees. A common misconception about unusual trees in the landscape is that unusual means difficult to grow. The truth is that many unusual beautiful trees can add interest and uniqueness bu…

My tomatoes are not producing fruit. What am I doing wrong? Many gardeners find that their cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and tomatoes have not set fruit, even though the plants have blooms and the plants are healthy. These plants are not producing fruit because the process of pollination has b…

Lawton Farmers Market will hold Tomato Day Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Farmers Market, Southwest 38th Street and West Gore Boulevard in the Cameron University parking lot.

Starting new plants from old is a partnership between humans and plants. This process is called propagation. The trick is to take cuttings, pieces of stems, leaves, roots or buds, to produce new plants.

LAWTON, OK — Mowers are not all created equal. Mowing is much more than pushing a mower around cutting grass.

LAWTON, OK — There’s nothing like a big, juicy, ripe, red tomato in the summertime. It’s that time of year when delicious, locally grown tomatoes are at their peak and the Lawton Farmers Market wants to celebrate the most popular fruit of the summer by holding Tomato Day Saturday, July 11 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Farmers Market.

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