Q. I have two lavender plants by our front porch. I'm not sure when to trim them. One time in the fall, I pruned them back and it killed them. I replaced those and the plants are now about two years old. Should I trim/prune them in the fall or spring? If so, how much? - C.G., Knox County
Recently, the media lit up with the news that kissing bugs are loose in the United States and are spreading a horrific, tropical sickness called Chagas disease. Like most sensational news stories, the panic is overblown, and the actual risk of contracting the disease here in the Midwest is practically nonexistent.
What should you be doing with your indoor plants, yard, and garden in the month of March? Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension horticulture specialist, has a list of things to check and plan for during the first month of the year.
The Purdue Landscape Report provides science-based, timely information for Midwest landscapes. Members of the Purdue Landscape Report Team create articles and supporting photos. The team is composed of Purdue Extension specialists and diagnosticians in many disciplines, including horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, urban forestry and turf science.
Can insects change coloration? This column describes how insects have adapted to change color and how humans have, in some cases, facilitated that change.
Q. I'm concerned about the black sacs shown in this picture that are on a tree in our yard. I'm not sure what type of tree this is, but it is approximately 8 years old. The leaves turn purple in the fall instead of any other color. Is this an infestation that can be cured, or does the tree need to be removed? - D. L., Muenster, Indiana
What should you be doing with your indoor plants, yard, and garden in the month of January? Rosie Lerner, Purdue Extension horticulture specialist, has a list of things to check and plan for during the first month of the year.