Lawn and garden


Lawn and garden
Bush honeysuckle — an ornamental gone wrong

Bush honeysuckle was introduced into the U.S. as an ornamental for city landscapes in 1897. The plant was promoted for soil stabilization and reclamation programs in the 1960’s. Read more

October gardening calendar

Cuttings of annuals can be taken now to provide vigorous plants for overwintering. 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 fresh on our minds, now is a good time to consider raised-bed gardening. Read more

Wet weather woes

When excessive rainfall occurs, soil pores that had been filled with air suddenly become filled with water. 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


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  • 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.
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  • Monday, June 1, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Rose rosette is a fatal disease of roses. There are no resistant varieties and infected rose bushes must be destroyed, even the roots.
    Media available: audio; photo
  • Monday, May 11, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – One of spring’s routine home maintenance jobs—tree trimming—can quickly cut your ability to hear.
  • Monday, May 4, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Coleus, which produce exquisite leaves that come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, can add sparkle to any landscape.
    Media available: audio; photos
  • 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.
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  • 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.
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