<![CDATA[KC Gardens: Food & Restaurant Blog | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:15:00 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:15:00 CST KC Gardens 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com The Emerald Ash Borer: If you have an ash tree, think about it now http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article86661242.html#storylink=rss Emerald Ash Borer is here and there is no stopping its spread, Dennis Patton writes

And each year you don’t treat your ash tree leads to a smaller chance the treatment will be effective

But make your own choice because treatments must last for the life of the tree.

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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:54:24 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Kansas City clay — it shrinks, it swells, and right now it cracks http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article85295022.html#storylink=rss These hot, sunny days have left plants wilted because their root systems are shallow, Dennis Patton writes. Ample to excess moisture, like we had this spring, tends to encourage root development close to the soil surface. These shallow roots don’t really need to work for moisture. As a result, as soon as the upper couple of inches dry out the roots don’t have access to the moisture deeper down in the soil — six or more inches.

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Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:02:33 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Now that it’s dry and hot, don’t forget to water new or newer trees http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article83922222.html#storylink=rss With the dog days of summer still ahead of us in July and August and the recent patterns of warmer and dryer it is time to think about summer watering, Dennis Patton writes. Trees are an investment in the future and are sometimes the first to suffer under dry or drought conditions. Care must be taken to water properly for good growth.

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Wed, 15 Jun 2016 12:05:07 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Can this oak tree be saved? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article83465392.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: In 2014 I bought a red oak tree from a local nursery. I’m not trying to blame a nursery, I just am hoping maybe I can still save the tree. As you can see, it’s bent over at the top. (For more, read on.) - Cecilia ..... ANSWER: There’s hope, all depending. Read on...

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Heavy rains have stressed vegetables, lawns, flowers and trees http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article82735277.html#storylink=rss Waterlogged soils push out oxygen that roots need to survive. Every living cell in a plant must have oxygen or it dies. Some plants have mechanisms to provide oxygen to the roots even under saturated conditions, but most vegetables and flowers do not, Dennis Patton writes.

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Thu, 09 Jun 2016 11:15:54 CDT By Dennis Patton

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There’s an art to staking a tree: Here’s how http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article81332227.html#storylink=rss Dennis Patton writes: If you follow my weekly blog columns you’ve probably figured out that I repeat myself from time to time. Some topics are just annual occurrences that need friendly reminders. Then there are the topics such as this one that makes me want to jump up on my soap box. Yes, I know I can get a little preachy but when healthy trees are being murdered by neglect it gets my blood boiling. So hang in there with me this week as I recycle an important topic that unfortunately almost always seems to be timely.

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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 10:47:15 CDT Dennis Patton

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Renters have fewer options than homeowners but can still have fun http://www.kansascity.com/living/home-garden/article80958687.html#storylink=rss A well-cared-for garden sets a good example for the neighborhood

Most landlords are happy tenants want to keep the place spruced up

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Fri, 03 Jun 2016 09:00:00 CDT

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Missouri Master Gardener State Conference coming up in September http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article79768287.html#storylink=rss The Missouri Master Gardener State Conference is coming up Sept. 16-18. It will include three days of trips, tours, advanced and continuing education highlighting horticulture in the Kansas City metro. For more information, read on....

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In this strange dry/wet spring, it’s time to fertilize many vegetables again http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article79514777.html#storylink=rss How are your vegetables growing? It has been one strange year, but then again what’s new? The season started out warm and dry and has now swung to cooler and moist, Dennis Patton writes. The recent rains and lush growth probably mean that our early applications of fertilizers are just about used up. That means a little added fertilizer may be just what the plants need for a productive season.

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Tue, 24 May 2016 10:57:04 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Your garden hosts good bugs and bad bugs, including one that’s eating up rose leaves http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article78070447.html#storylink=rss When we hear the word insects our first thought is something bad. But there are a number of good guys active in the landscape.This week let’s take a look at an insect that is causing damage and one that comes to our rescue.

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Tue, 17 May 2016 11:14:48 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Could this be the clue to the maple tree problem? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article77853597.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: We did find a hole in the burgundy maple tree and wondered if this is the problem. Again, thank you for all your help. Pat........ANSWER: The small hole is probably a spot where a branch was removed a while back. The tree has healed the best it can as bark is surrounding the hole. This spot would interrupt a small amount of vascular tissue but not enough to cause some of the issues you are describing. I would say this is secondary. - Dennis

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Mon, 16 May 2016 09:36:57 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article77853597.html
What’s the problem with my maple tree? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article77400197.html#storylink=rss PHOTOS NOW POSTED WITH NEW ANSWER......QUESTION: I have a 6-8 year old Maple Burgundy Bell tree. I have limbs that came out normal and now appear to have curled up and died. It is not all on one side or the other and most of the tree looks fine except for that. I checked for bugs or and fungus and can find nothing. I know this is not a lot of info but anything you can tell me would be appreciated. - Pat......ANSWER: Interesting as the tree in the first photo looks pretty good. In the second photo there seems to be some random dieback of the small limbs. Many of the other branches look healthy with new growth. I don’t think this is an insect or disease. I am thinking some more along the lines of the environment. Prune out the dead wood and keep the tree healthy this summer. It does look like these branches will affect the shape of the tree. If something changes let us know - Dennis Patton

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Fri, 13 May 2016 08:55:03 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article77400197.html
It looks like oak gall on pin oak leaves is back this spring http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article76796112.html#storylink=rss Like last year, we are seeing a high number of vein pocket gall on pin oak leaves, which causes abnormal swelling of the leaf near the veins. And, unfortunately, there are no easy fixes.

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Tue, 10 May 2016 15:47:22 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Beautiful private gardens are lined up for Johnson County tour http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article75380677.html#storylink=rss Six private gardens will be opened to the public during the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension Master Gardener Public Tour, May 20 and 21. It’s a biennial event, so if you miss it, you’ll have to wait another two years.

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Tue, 03 May 2016 15:35:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article75380677.html
Straw bale gardening: Cindy Hoedel’s tips for getting the most out of it http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/cindy-hoedel/article74493572.html#storylink=rss This is her fourth year of straw bale gardening

It’s not magic but is good for gardeners who have poor soil

Watch her video for tips on how to condition the bales

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Sun, 01 May 2016 00:00:00 CDT

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Dennis Patton: Pinching makes plants stockier and bushier http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article73954367.html#storylink=rss Pinching or cutting back perennials is a task that will result in a nicer appearance in the garden. A plant that has been pinched often is short, stockier and less likely to flop over in the garden. The most common plant pinched or cut back is the garden mum, but other plants respond well to this treatment, Dennis Patton says.

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 11:54:13 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Tue, 19 Apr 2016 12:03:59 CDT By Dennis Patton

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What’s going on with my drift roses? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article72477347.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: My drift roses don't look good, any idea what I can treat them with? Looks like mildew or something. - Wayne.........ANSWER: It seems that you are not alone as we are having an outbreak of powdery mildew on roses. I have the same issue in my garden. Powdery mildew favors our recent nice days and cooler evenings. Unfortunately there is nothing that can be done to correct the already infected foliage. Prevention is the key with a combination of cultural practices and fungicide sprays. Avoid wetting the foliage when watering. Fertilization will help promote new growth. New growth can also be protected by weekly sprays of a fungicide such as Triforine (Funginex) or Myclobutanil (Immunox). Personally in my own garden I am going to ride it out with a combination of fertilization and tolerance of the less than perfect foliage. Hopefully as our weather patterns change the issue will correct itself. - Dennis

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Mon, 18 Apr 2016 14:54:12 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article72477347.html
What kind of an ornamental tree would work best in this spot? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article71785307.html#storylink=rss Reader needs help with suggestion for planting ornamental trees in a front yard spot that has no shelter. Could a shrub be the answer instead?

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Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:43:28 CDT By Dennis Patton

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How to select bedding plants: Pick the healthy ones http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article71175857.html#storylink=rss Bedding plants are a great way to add color to the landscape for the summer. Doing that successfully requires picking out the best plants and treating them right when you get them home.

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Mon, 11 Apr 2016 13:51:37 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Dennis Patton: If you’re treating dandelions now, you’re probably too late http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article69867362.html#storylink=rss Dandelions and two other spring weeds are difficult to eradicate in the spring. The best time to stop them is in the fall. Here’s how. And if you’ve already got dandelions, prepare for some hard labor.

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Mon, 04 Apr 2016 13:59:14 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Why isn’t my fescue lawn greening up this spring? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article69750812.html#storylink=rss A reader shares a photo of his fescue lawn this season. "It should be green but look what I have going on. Any ideas? Fungus? Grubs? How do I treat this issue?"

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Sun, 03 Apr 2016 16:31:18 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Healthy Yards Expo on Saturday will promote greener lawns and gardens http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article68980457.html#storylink=rss The Seventh Annual Johnson County Healthy Yards Expo on Saturday aims to help you make greener choices for your yards and homes. This free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Shawnee Civic Center, located at 13817 Johnson Drive in Shawnee. For details, read on...

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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:09:41 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article68980457.html
Should I cut back my poinsettia before planting it outside? http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article68631822.html#storylink=rss QUESTION: I have a lovely pointsettia which I cut back last year and planted. It flourished over the summer and early fall, and then I brought it in; I was not successful in keeping it in the dark as recommended, as I tended to forget it too long and it lost some leaves; however, before I brought it in it had already started to turn red; (we had a long fall). Now it is doing great and growing well-- new bracts and buds-- although a little leggy due to the lost leaves earlier. My question: Should I cut it back again before I plant it again? - Margaret......ANSWER: Margaret, you can cut the poinsettia back to 6 inches above the soil level; this will correct any “legginess”. Since you were able to keep the plant outside for a long period last fall, mother nature nicely provided the light/dark hours the poinsettia needs to set blooms. For a link to more information, read on...

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Dennis Patton: You can plant that tree now, and here are some tips for success http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article68610582.html#storylink=rss The old saying about trees goes something like this. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the next best time to plant a new tree is today. Trees are a long-term investment. It takes years for them to reach size and become a special part of the landscape that provides not only function but also beauty. Care must be taken to properly plant a tree so success and beauty can be achieved.

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Mon, 28 Mar 2016 10:36:09 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Send us your spring flower photos! http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article66645937.html#storylink=rss With the warm weather we’ve had in the past few weeks, we’d like to see if you captured any of that spring spirit in photographs. We’ll feature some entries here on the blog. For more information, read on...

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Tips on when to apply crabgrass pre-emergent to your lawn http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article66171212.html#storylink=rss Did I apply too early? Am I applying too late? Just when do I need to apply crabgrass pre-emergent? Don’t let crabgrass prevention make you crabby. And with the current unexplained weather patterns it is even more difficult to know when to apply. For tips, read on...

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Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:00:58 CDT By Dennis Patton

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Annual African violet show and sale are scheduled for April at Loose Park http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article65994527.html#storylink=rss The Sho-Me African Violet Club will host its annual show and sale on April 16 and 17 at the Loose Park Garden Center. Admission is free. For details, read on...

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Missouri conservation department offers free programs on naturescaping http://www.kansascity.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/kc-gardens/article65443577.html#storylink=rss The Missouri Department of Conservation will offer free programs this spring in the Kansas City area to help gardeners learn about “naturescaping.” Native plants provide food, flowers and variety when used in landscaping plans for homes and businesses, and they also help wild birds and butterflies, the department says. For details, read on...

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