Cooperative Extension Announces 2019 Green Industry Training Certification Recipients

The 2019 Green Industry Training certification exam results are in and show our local green industry professionals employed in lawn and landscape, tree care, garden center and grounds and park maintenance industries are qualified to provide Nevadans with nursery and landscape services. Businesses and organizations participating in one or all of …

Time to prune fruit trees

In the midst of the winter cold and piles of snow outside, you might not be thinking about your garden chores. Most of them have been put on hold till the snow melts away. However, the snow may have many fruit tree owners thinking about their annual winter pruning. Yes, …

Presidents garden too

When we think of President’s Day, we often think of history, politics, independence or freedom, but did you know many United States presidents were also avid gardeners and plant lovers? This goes back to our very first president, George Washington, who never lived in the White House, but who oversaw …

Heart-skipping orchids

Gone are the days when you used to go to the checkout stand and impulse-buy a blooming African violet to brighten your home or office. These days, what catches your eye are the orchids. In the past, these exotic, beautiful flowers were mainly used for special occasions, weddings and corsages, …

Gardening Education You Need

If you haven’t started already, now is the time to begin planning your garden for the growing season. You’ve probably already begun receiving plant and seed catalogs in the mail and if you are anything like me, you’re getting the gardening itch. Though as you peruse the catalogs, you may …

Be thoughtful when choosing herbicides

This time of year, I look forward to gardening again, but I dread spring weed growth. Many people elect to apply herbicides to prevent weed growth. It is important to understand the difference between preemergence herbicides, post-emergence herbicides and soil sterilants. Preemergence herbicides kill germinating seeds. These products are applied …

Choosing seeds for next spring

The holidays are over. Now your mailbox is full of seed catalogs, and your local nursery is displaying racks and racks of seeds. It’s time to start planning the garden for next spring! But the seed packets and catalogs have terms you’ve never heard of before. What do the terms …

Four Myths of Houseplant Care

I used to be the person who killed every houseplant she ever had, until I learned the scientific information that debunked many of the myths I thought to be true. Myth 1: Put rocks or pieces of broken terra cotta pots in the bottom of the container before the substrate …

Bored with run-of-the-mill houseplants? Try bonsai

‘Tis the season to feel the holiday joy. For people who love plants, we find joy every day in the plants we nurture to grow in Nevada’s unpredictable weather. From trees that provide windbreaks to flowers that bring in the pollinators, we fill out landscapes with a variety of specimens. …