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Henbit

Henbit and Chickweed

Henbit and chickweed are two weeds with very similar lifecycles and methods for control. While they can show up in shrub beds, they are more of a concern in the lawn. Henbit is the showier of the two with obvious…

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Red Yucca

Hot Gardens

There are lots of challenging conditions in landscaping and gardening. One of the most challenging is extreme heat. This condition can be created in areas surrounded sides by concrete and asphalt, or by buildings reflecting heat off their south or…

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Hosta Francee

Dry Shade Gardens

There are lots of challenging conditions in landscaping and gardening. One of the most challenging is dry shade. These areas are generally caused by large shade trees which can easily out-compete smaller plants for water and nutrients. They can also…

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Brown Recluse Spider

Controlling Spiders

Spiders can be beneficial in many situations since they eat a host of other insects. Unfortunately, some are also very venomous to humans, and they are also unwelcome indoors and around our landscapes where we might run into their webs.…

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Mealybugs

Mealybugs

This insect is a major pest on greenhouse plants and houseplants but will occasionally affect plants in the landscape too. These insects are white and often fuzzy or dusty looking. They are usually found on the undersides of leaves or…

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Crabgrass Prevention

Crabgrass is an annual grass that germinates readily in sparse lawns and landscape beds. The grass will sometimes go unnoticed since it somewhat resembles fescue as a small plant, however, the stems quickly elongate and begin to crawl over the…

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Seed Potatoes

Potato Planting Guide

When to Plant: Mid March – St. Patrick’s Day – is a traditional time to plant spring potatoes in KS, while early to mid-July is the time to plant for a fall harvest. Cutting and Preparing Seed: Select firm, solid…

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Asparagus

Growing Asparagus

Asparagus is a hardy perennial that will last for 30 years or more in the garden. Plant: Plant near the side or edge of the garden where it will not interfere with annual tillage. Prepare the soil thoroughly before planting,…

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Rhubarb

Planting Rhubarb

Rhubarb is a perennial crop grown for its red stalk that has an acid flavor. It is among the first vegetables ready for use in spring. Once established Rhubarb may last for many years. When to Plant: It is best established…

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Puncture Vine

Sandbur and Puncture Vine

Sandburs and puncture vines are often confused for one another but are very different weeds. They both have extremely sharp seedheads that can cause considerable pain if stepped on and are unsightly weeds in our lawns. Sandburs are grassy weeds.…

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