There are several reasons why a spruce trees needles might turn brown and drop. Before action is taken on saving the tree, it is important to find out why the needles are dropping as this will determine the necessary course of action, if any. The most common cause for needle drop is simply natural causes. Needles will stay on a spruce tree for 2-3 years before dropping, typically from the inside of the tree and on older branches. Environmental factors can influence this cycle as well; for exampl
We often take for granted the natural cycles of life that are taking place around us every day. Processes such as the nitrogen cycle, photosynthesis and the water cycle are all fascinating and essential parts of life. One naturally occurring cycle that is often overlooked, but no less important, is the process of decomposition, which returns valuable organic material back to the earth for plant use. Controlling the decomposition process for our own benefit is known as composting, and it can be a
After a cool, wet start to April it seems that temperatures are finally getting warm enough to dry out the soil. Assuming we can avoid, or at least "weather the storm," of some forecasted precipitation, it seems that air and soil temperatures will be conducive to planting in the coming weeks.
Last week I discussed just a few of the excellent websites that Purdue Extension offers to keep farmers up to date on the latest and greatest information available. This week, I thought I would point out that Purdue Extension does more than just cater to farmers, and offers a wide range of web resources that can benefit homeowners and more diversified farmers as well.
Last week, I wrote about hosting a potential Master Gardener program here in White County to gauge the interest level of such a program in the community. It is important to note that a Master Gardener class can benefit all experience levels of gardeners. Throughout the approximately 15 week course, subject matters are bound to come up that even the most veteran gardener can gain something from. It is also important to note, that novice gardener's should not shy away from the program either, as t
As an Extension Educator writing weekly articles, I can't imagine a much bigger compliment than having someone cut my article out of the paper and clip it on to their fridge for future reference. I hope to accomplish a few of those this winter, starting today with a summary of year round lawn maintenance. We all have different goals with our lawns, ranging from having the most pristine yard in the neighborhood, to doing just enough to not upset the neighbors. For the purposes of this article, I

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