Freezing temperatures Monday night have many gardeners, farmers, and those in the landscaping business concerned. The Heartland Gardener Paul Schnare says this freeze probably won't be as damaging as the big freeze last year, but it's better to be safe than sorry.
Brief answers from Heartland Gardener Paul Schnare, featured Monday, June 11th on the Breakfast Show.
Planting a late or fall garden By Paul Schnare Saturday, July 3, 2004 If you want pumpkins to be at their ripened prime for Halloween, plant them around the Fourth of July. Most varieties ripen
Advantages and disadvantages of liquid pesticide applicators By Paul Schnare Monday, July 5, 2004 If you are having a plant problem that needs a pesticide application, try to find a pesticide in
Fertilizing your Zoysia and/or Bermuda lawn By Paul Schnare Saturday, July 10, 2004 The best time to fertilize a lawn is during the period of rapid growth. Zoysia and Bermuda grass (warm season
Pest on plants at night By Paul Schnare Tuesday, June 22, 2004 If you see holes in your hostas, but find no worms eating on them, check them during the night using a flashlight. Quite often
Protecting shrubs from bagworms By Paul Schnare Saturday, May 29, 2004 Bagworms can destroy evergreen shrubs such as juniper and arborvitae. You should spray for them around Memorial Day each
Different kinds of hydrangeas By Paul Schnare Monday, May 17 2004 Most of the hydrangeas grown in the Heartland are derived from four different species. Oakleaf hydrangeas (Hydrangea quercifolia)
Galls on trees By Paul Schnare Saturday, May 15, 2004 There are several galls that attack hickory, walnut, pecan, and especially oak at this time of year. Most of these galls are the result of
Lawn preps for this time of the year By Paul Schnare Monday, May 10 2004 At this time of the year there are several things that should be done to your lawn to keep it growing, green, and
Spider Mites By Paul Schnare Saturday, June 5, 2004 Dwarf Alberta spruces often exhibit a yellowing or bronzing of foliage. This change in foliage color is usually due to wet soils for an extended
Hummingbird feeders By Paul Schnare Monday, June 7, 2004 There are hundreds of different models of hummingbird feeders on the market. When selecting a hummingbird feeder there are three things
The indiscriminant use of sevin By Paul Schnare Saturday, June 12, 2004 Sevin or carbaryl is a great to use when controlling chewing insects, beetles, and larvae or worms. It is a safe insecticide
Watering Dos & Don’ts By Paul Schnare Saturday, June 18. 2004 When you water plants, whether in a garden, or in pots, it is important to water thoroughly. Deep watering will encourage roots to
Attracting hummingbirds By Paul Schnare Monday, June 14, 2004 Hummingbirds, just like any other animal or human requires food, water, and shelter for survival. They look for a habitat that provides
Kids & Gardening: Part 1 By Paul Schnare Monday, May 3, 2004 You can be a positive influence on a child through gardening while having fun at the same time. You don’t have to spend a lot of money,
Azaleas By Paul Schnare Saturday, April 17, 2004 When talking about azaleas, most people think of the evergreen azalea varieties, such as Delaware Valley White, Coral Bells (pink), or Hino-Crimson
Tomatoes and their Troubles By Paul Schnare Monday, April 19, 2004 For tomatoes to thrive they need full sun, a well-drained soil, and proper nutrition. If any of these conditions is not met,
Walnut Trees: Sensitive & Tolerant Plants By Paul Schnare Saturday, April 24, 2004 Black walnut produces a substance called juglones. This substance, found in roots, nut hulls, and leaves, is
Planting and growing tomatoes By Paul Schnare April 5, 2004 There are several things that you should keep in mind when planting tomatoes. First make sure that your garden soil is well drained.
Getting rid of sweetgum balls By Paul Schnare April 3, 2004 Sweetgum trees have been planted extensively because of their beautiful form and crimson fall color. Unfortunately they are prolific
Not too late for Purple Martin houses By Paul Schnare March 27, 2004 I recommend that you get your purple martin house up around March 1 so that it is ready and open when the first scouts begin
Planting and growing asparagus By Paul Schnare March 29, 2004 Asparagus grows best in a fertile, well-drained soil. Plant it in full sun on the side of your vegetable garden, or as mentioned above,
Predator guards & Bluebird boxes By Paul Schnare March 20, 2004 Bluebirds require cavities within which to place their nests. In nature, a particular cavity is selected because its entrance
Lawn weeds in yards right now By Paul Schnare March 22, 2004 There are several major lawn weeds that are found in lawns right now. These are chickweed, henbet, dandelions, clover, and wild garlic.
Preemergent herbicides By Paul Schnare March 15, 2004 There are three major preemergent herbicides that are used in the lawn care market at this time for crabgrass control, pendamethalin, team (a
Garden Vegetable Companions By Paul Schnare March 13, 2004 VegetablesLikesDislikes AsparagusTomatoes, basil, parsleyonion, leeks, garlic, gladiolus, beans Bush BeansPotatoes, carrots,
Chemicals, fabrics, and mulches that control weeds By Paul Schnare March 8, 2004 There are some alternatives to the traditional backbreaking hoe that can be used to eliminate weeds in your vegetable
Pansies, the flower that blooms in the cold By Paul Schnare March 1, 2004 Its early March, but the balmy weather has given you cabin fever. The only way to cure the fever is to plant something.
Weed control in flowerbeds By Paul Schnare February 28, 2004 Treflan is a preemergent herbicide that kills grass seeds and some broadleaf weed seeds as they germinate. You can apply granular treflan
Cole crops By Paul Schnare February 23, 2004 Cole crops are vegetables, such as cabbages and cauliflower, which like to grow in cool weather. The word cole comes from the Latin word which means
Keeping pesky squirrels out of your house By Paul Schnare February 21, 2004 Have you ever been laying in bed in a Saturday or Sunday morning, enjoying that reverie between sleeping soundly and waking,
Purple Martin Houses By Paul Schnare February 16, 2004 When looking for a martin house to buy, there are several things that you should keep in mind. I would suggest that you purchase a house made
Growing medicinal herbs in your garden By Paul Schnare February 14, 2004 Native Americans didn’t have a local pharmacy to go to when they were sick. They gathered different medicinal herbs and
Spraying fruit trees and other ornamentals with dormant oil By Paul Schnare February 9, 2004 The first application of any spray program for fruit trees is a dormant oil application. Dormant oil,
Inoculant and legume seeds By Paul Schnare February 7, 2004 One of the interesting and useful characteristics of legumes (peas, beans, redbuds, etc.) is that they have the ability to pull nitrogen
Nesting and attracting birds By Paul Schnare February 2, 2004 If you want to attract birds to your landscape, you should provide materials for songbirds to build nests. Some birds need cavities
Bluebird houses By Paul Schnare January 31, 2004 If you go to a garden center that sells bluebird houses, otherwise know as nest boxes, you could easily be overwhelmed by the different choices.
Protecting succulent plants from spring frosts and cold By Paul Schnare March 6, 2004 When the weather turns spring like in early March most gardeners are bitten by the “gardening bug. They
Starting vegetable and flower plants from seeds By Paul Schnare January 26, 2004 If you want to have a fun project to do with your kids, or you want to save some money, start your own vegetable
Polyacrylamide gel By Paul Schnare January 17, 2004 Polyacrylamide is a substance that absorbs up to 400 times its weight in water. There are three common uses of this substance in the field of
Control techniques for animals wreak havoc in your garden By Paul Schnare January 24, 2004 If you find that birds are flying away with your prized berries, you can deter them by placing plastic
Terrariums By Paul Schnare January 19, 2004 By strict definition, a terrarium is a tightly closed clear glass or plastic container filled with small, growing plants. Through common usage, the
Planting Peas By Paul Schnare January 11, 2004 There are 3 kinds of Northern peas on the market. Green peas, garden peas, or English peas are the same names for the varieties that are grown for
Amending Heartland soils to improve physical and chemical characteristics By Paul Schnare January 5, 2004 Most of the soils in the Heartland have a high clay content. As you know, clay is used
How to care for and sharpen landscape digging tools By Paul Schnare January 3, 2004 Most people who purchase landscape digging tools simply take them home and start using them. If you will spend
Artificial lighting for plants By Paul Schnare December 29, 2003 Quite often, tropical plants that are grown inside ones house or office, do not do well. They often survive, but don’t thrive.
Dormant overseeding of cool seasons lawns By Paul Schnare December 22, 03 Fall is the best time to seed cool season lawn grasses. Early in the fall soils are warm so seed germinates rapidly.
Fresh water in the winter for birds By Paul Schnare December 20, 2003 Believe it or not birds like to take a bath during the winter. Bathing is the way that they maintain their feathers, keeping
Poinsettias: The holiday flower By Paul Schnare December 6, 2003 Here are a few care tips to keep your poinsettia looking good all through the holiday season: If the temperatures are below 40F
Plant material for holiday decorations By Paul Schnare December 8, 2003 If you look around your landscape there are several shrubs and trees that produce leaves, needles, berries, etc., that
Protecting broadleaf evergreens from winter burn By Paul Schnare November 8, 2003 Transpiration is the loss of water through the leaves of green plants. The water lost in the leaves is replenished
Forcing bulbs for winter color By Paul Schnare November 17, 2003 Bulb plants require cyclical weather conditions in order for them to survive and thrive. When you force bulbs inside your home to
Keeping squirrels out of feeders By Paul Schnare November 24, 2003 There seems to be a love or hate relationship between humans and squirrels. For those who love to attract squirrels to
Overwintering geraniums indoors By Paul Schnare November 22, 2003 Geraniums can be overwintered using a technique that your grandmother used to use. In the fall dig up your planted geraniums, place
Caring for a cut Christmas Tree By Paul Schnare November 29, 2003 After your bring your cut Christmas tree home, there are some things you should do in order to ensure that it stays fresh throughout
Selecting, preparing, and maintaining a live Christmas tree By Paul Schnare December 01, 2003 When selecting a live nursery tree to bring into your home to use as a live Christmas tree, there
Protecting Broadleaf Evergreens From Winter Burn By Paul Schnare Saturday, November 8, 2003 Transpiration is the loss of water through the leaves of green plants. The water lost in the leaves is
Tulips & Fall Bulbs By Paul Schnare Monday, November 10, 2003 In the field of horticulture, there is a season for everything. Late November and early December is the prime time to plant tulips,
Using trimec By Paul Schnare Saturday, October 25, 2003 If you want to only make one application per year of the broadleaf postemergent herbicide, trimec, do it in the late fall. This one application
Watering Broadleaf Evergreen Shrubs During Winter By Paul Schnare Saturday, November 11, 2003 Water, removed from the soil through roots, moves up through the stem of a plant and then passes
What can you do with all of those leaves By Paul Schnare Monday, November 3, 2003 Having shade trees in your yard sure is great during the summer. They keep you cool on a hot summer’s day.
Pruning Plants in the Fall By Paul Schnare Monday, October 27, 2003 Pruning seems to be something mysterious to many home gardeners. I quite often get the question “If I prune my shrub now, will
“Is it too late to plant nursery stock now?” By Paul Schnare October 18, 2003 Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs for three major reasons. After you plant a tree or shrub air pockets
Roses to Bed for Winter By Paul Schnare October 20, 2003 There are a few things that you should do in the fall in order to ensure that your hybrid tea and shrub roses survive through the variable
Normal Needle Fall of Pine Trees By Paul Schnare October 11, 2003 At this time of year many evergreen pines lose needles that they grew two or three years ago. These needles turn yellow and
Landscape Mulch By Paul Schnare Monday, September 29, 2003 As you drive around the Heartland, you see that most landscape beds are covered with some sort of mulch. Although many people consider
Tropical Plants and Winter By Paul Schnare Saturday, October 4, 2003 After you bring your tropical plants inside the house for the winter, there are some dos and don’ts you should be aware of.
Lawn Aerification By Paul Schnare Saturday, September 13, 2003 Lawn aerification is a cultural practice that makes a tremendous impact on the quality of your lawn. Aeration, or aerification,
Tulip Bulbs By Paul Schnare Monday, September 15, 2003 During late August and early September, garden centers place fall bulbs, such as tulips, daffodils, and crocus on their shelves. This is
Lime and Lawns By Paul Schnare Monday, September 22, 2003 Most soils in the Heartland have developed under oak hickory forests and therefore have a natural pH of about 5.5. On the other hand,
Tulip tree scale on Tulip Poplar By Paul Schnare Saturday, September 20, 2003 The most obvious sign of tuliptree scale infestation is brown to black bumps on twigs. Under each one of these
Adding Lime to Your Soil By: Paul Schnare Monday, September 22, 2003 Most soils in the Heartland have developed under oak hickory forests and therefore have a natural pH of about 5.5. On the
The most obvious sign of tuliptree scale infestation is brown to black bumps on twigs. Under each one of these "scales" is an insect that is sucking sap out of the twigs of the tulip tree.
At this time flowers in your landscape may be suffering from heat, drought, diseases, and insects brought on by summer weather.
If you have a cool season lawn, there are three different fertilizers that you may want to apply to it at the beginning of September.
There is a group of plants that is being sold under the name of “Stepables.” The plants in this group can withstand some foot traffic...
To any gardener, fall is synonymous to garden mums.
Most people think of planting vegetable gardens in the spring. After harvest in the spring or early summer, gardens are left to fallow untill the following year.
Lightning storms seem to be more prevalent during the spring, summer and fall months...
Dodders By Paul Schnare Saturday, August 9, 2003 Dodder is a plant parasite. It overwinters in soils. As a host plant begins to emerge in the spring, dodder enters the host plant through the roots.
Seeding Lawns By Paul Schnare Monday, August 4, 2003 The best time to seed your lawn in the Heartland with a cool season grass (bluegrass, fescue, and rye) is between August 15 and October 15.
Bagworms By Paul Scnhare Saturday, August 2, 2003 Bagworms are very active right now. These worms will continue to feed on foliage through the latter part of August. At that time, pupation occurs,
Although many different weeds thrive in your lawn during the summer, other than crabgrass, the weeds that get the most attention are
Water thoroughly each time you water. Make sure you put at least an 1” of water down each week. If your soil is extremely tight, water
Yellow color in the lawn By: Paul Schnare Monday, June 30, 2003 I am often asked how to green up a cool season lawn that has turned yellow at this time of the year. The answer to the question
Using Pesticides By Paul Schnare Monday, June 9, 2003 By law, each pesticide container is required to tell the user what the product is used for, the target pest, location of the target pest,
Saturday, June 7, 2003 Hornworms are the larvae of the huge sphinx moth. They can get up to 4” or 5” long and get to be about ¾” in diameter.
Three factors are required for plant diseases to run rampant. There must be the presence of a susceptible host, a disease
Lacebugs on azalea By Paul Schnare Saturday, June 7, 2003 Lacebugs are small sucking insects that can cause considerable damage to azaleas and hawthorns. These small bugs are about 1/16 to 1/8
Ground Covers for Critical Slopes By Paul Schnare Monday, June 2,2003 Critical slopes are areas that are hard to mow because they are so steep. Vegetation can be planted on these slopes in order
Bagworms By Paul Schnare Saturday, May 31, 2003 Bagworms are insect pests that can defoliate and kill evergreen trees and shrubs. In the Heartland, bagworm eggs hatch around the 15th of May.
All you need to know to find round, red fulfillment.
Lots of rain, and lack of calcium can contribute to this problem. Paul has suggestions.
When springs are cool and damp, seeds planted in gardens, especially corn, beans, and curcubits (squash, zucchini, cucumbers), rot before they germinate.
Maintaining and Choosing Roses Paul Schnare Monday, April 28, 2003 MAINTAINING ROSES During the month of April it is time to cut back your hybrid tea roses to about 8-12 inches. Keep three
Cedar Apple Rust Paul Schnare Saturday, April 26, 2003 You may see large orange looking balls on cedar trees showing up at this time of the year. If you look closely, you will find a round
Deciphering the codes on your fertilizer bags, and optimizing the right nutrients for the right season.
Patience with Impatiens. They'll grow all season if you do the right things.
Birdscaping Paul Schnare Monday, April 7, 2003 Birds need three things to survive—water, food, and shelter. Birds from all over will visit your landscape if you provide free food and water with
Fertilizing Trees and Shrubs Paul Schnare Saturday, April 5, 2003 Most people are well aware of the need to fertilize lawns in the spring, but they forget about their trees and shrubs. Trees
Protecting Vegetables from Frost Monday, March 31, 2003
Moving Out the Moss Saturday, March 29, 2003 Paul Schnare Moss is found in lawns that suffer from low fertility, excess moisture, compaction, poor surface water drainage, soil acidity, and shade.
How to eradicate henbet, chickweed, and wild garlic.
All you need to know to bring in the Bluebirds.
March 10, 2003
Moles Monday, March 10, 2003 Biology of moles Moles are mammals Eyes and ear depressions buried under fur Nose is naked Webbed feet Average length is 7 inches Usually loners Average population
Spring suggestions for controlling crabgrass.
March tips for a successful lawn.