Lawn and garden


Lawn and garden
Recycling autumn leaves

One way to clear the lawn and recycle leaves is to mulch them into the turfgrass. On a dewy morning when the leaves are still damp, adjust your lawn mower to its highest setting and start mowing. Read more

November gardening calendar

Remove the spent flowers and foliage of perennials after they are damaged by frost. Read more

Dying of thirst

Wet spring makes plants, trees and shrubs vulnerable to drought. Listen to the audio. Read more

Raised bed gardening

With the memory of water-logged gardens from abundant spring rains on our minds, now is a good time to consider raised-bed gardening. Read more

MSTA announces approved soil testing labs for 2015

The Missouri Soil Testing Association (MSTA) Approval Program is designed to assure that results provided by participating public and private labs serving the citizens of Missouri agree with allowable statistical limits. Read more

Protecting pollinators in your yard

Most people who are active in caring for their lawns and landscaped plants are aware of and concerned about the decline of insect pollinators, such as certain types of bees and butterflies. Read more

Sanitize tools for good garden hygiene

Like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Read more

Don't guess on garden fertilizer

The best way to make sure your plants get the right nutrients is to have the soil tested. Read more

How does your garden grow?

If you can't remember, you need From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar. This journal will keep you organized with the details of your garden in one handy place. Read more

New app helps you name that weed

University of Missouri Extension has released a free app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden. Watch the video. Read more


Your Show Me Garden graphic

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
    CENTER, Mo. – Eleven years ago, Jan Golian’s husband dropped dead of a heart attack in the middle of harvest season.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, October 12, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If you think autumn is the time to pack up your gardening tools, think again. It’s bulb-planting time.
    Media available: audio; photos
  • Thursday, October 8, 2015
    INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Leaf curl is a troublesome disease of peach, nectarine and related plants, but it can be easily controlled with a single fungicide application.
    Media available: photo
  • Monday, June 29, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many Missouri home gardeners made a horrible discovery this year. The compost they worked into their garden soil is contaminated with persistent herbicides.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    PALMYRA, Mo. – Kent Rupp climbed electric poles most of his working life. He played on his undefeated high school football team.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Just like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Sanitizing garden tools between uses will lower the risk of spreading diseases from one plant to another, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Friday, March 21, 2014
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s easy to grow lettuce in container gardens, says Kim Martin, manager of Tiger Garden, the student-run floral shop on the University of Missouri campus.
    Media available: photos
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gardeners willing to put in a bit of effort can jump-start this year’s vegetable or flower garden by starting seeds indoors.
    Media available: photo; video
  • Friday, March 1, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Spring is almost here, but gardeners shouldn’t be too quick to start working the soil, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
    Media available: photo
  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A healthy garden starts from the ground up.
  • Friday, July 22, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Floods and severe storms can leave more than just people homeless. Displaced snakes, rodents and other nuisance wildlife often will seek shelter and food in areas close to people, said Bob Pierce, MU Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If the leaves of your roses, shrubs or soybeans look like swiss cheese, the culprit could be Japanese beetles.
    Media available: photo; video


The following are general-interest lawn and garden Websites from the University of Missouri. Browse the menu on the left for sites on more specific lawn and garden topics.

You may be interested in these external websites:


The following are general-interest lawn and garden courses. Browse the menu on the left for courses in more specific lawn and garden areas.

MU Extension near you