Dec 23, 2013 — Trees and shrubs are bent and broken under the weight of the icy mix of rain, sleet and snow that fell over the weekend. So the topic of today's yard and garden conversation is no surprise.
Cooperative Extension's Amy Ivy shares what to do, and what NOT to do for ice covered limbs and branches. First, she says, do no harm: be gentle. It's tempting to try to knock the ice off a tree or branch that's bent low with ice, but Amy says that can do more damage, possibly even break the branch altogether. Her advice is to prop up a limb if you want to try and help.
There's no hurry, she says. Don't risk life and limb to do any yard work, it's OK to wait till the ice is gone and the footing is better for working. Waiting won't make things worse for the tree or shrubs. When you DO decide to prune broken tree limbs, she says, make a clean cut, and it's best take the whole branch.
Finally, she says, she'll be waiting till spring to tackle shrubs that need pruning. Go to full article
Dec 09, 2013 — Just in case you're feeling guilty about cutting a tree for Christmas, or buying a cut tree, or if you just feel bad when you see all those formerly live trees, Amy Ivy says, don't worry.
Amy is horticulturist with the Cooperative Extension Service. She tells Martha Foley Christmas trees are another valuable regional crop, and a good example of a renewable resource. Go to full article
Nov 25, 2013 — A winter storm watch is posted for this week, on top of a windy, cold few days. Storm windows and extra layers help us humans, but what about our trees and shrubs? ... Go to full article
Nov 18, 2013 — Most of us backyard gardeners have probably turned our energy to annual jobs like putting up storm windows and bringing in firewood. But there are still odds and ends of... Go to full article
Nov 15, 2013 — It can be expensive and time-consuming for farmers, especially small farmers, to go through the organic certification process. But there's another option. It's called... Go to full article
Nov 11, 2013 — With a mix of snow and rain in the forecast this week, horticulturist Amy Ivy says this is really the last week for getting bulbs - garlic, tulip - in the ground this season.... Go to full article
Nov 04, 2013 — At a glance, the November landscape can look mighty bleak. The brilliant display of foliage is replaced by muted washes of brown and purple, still beautiful, but subtly so,... Go to full article
Oct 28, 2013 — Halloween is just about here, and besides pumpkins, the crop on Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy's mind is garlic. Not harvest, but planting. Mid to late October... Go to full article
Oct 21, 2013 — Trying to figure out how to cope with all those leaves? Cooperative Extension horticulturist Amy Ivy says to add them to your compost pile. Next year you'll want to put all... Go to full article