Article Archive


Saturday, September 30, 2023

If it’s fall, that must mean that it’s time to plant pansies. Because of that, your favorite garden center should have a good selection of pansies available...

Extending Fall Gardens

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

This is the time of year people ask us if it’s too late to plant vegetables for their fall gardens. My answer is a definite… ok, it’s impossible to give...


Saturday, September 23, 2023

If you have been to your favorite garden center lately, you could not have helped noticing they are packed with mums. Mums are a fall favorite and come...

Planting Trees and Shrubs

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The weather has been pretty rough on our plants this year. Because of that, a lot of us are likely thinking about replacing those damaged trees or shrubs....

Growing Garlic

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Whether you are new to gardening or a seasoned pro, garlic is a fairly easy crop to grow and now is the time to start planting your garlic for a harvest...

Praying Mantids

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Praying Mantids in your garden.
The first thing many of you are thinking as you’re reading this is something like the following. Praying mantid? I...

Reseeding Fescue Lawns

Saturday, September 9, 2023

It’s time to reseed your fescue lawns.
Oftentimes your will hear fescue being called a “shade” grass but the reality is that all grass needs the sun...

Fall Gardens - Last Call

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Now that it’s cooling down a bit, my enthusiasm for my vegetable garden is coming back. Is it too late to plant this year? EG
Many of us feel your...

Leaf Scorch

Saturday, September 2, 2023

With all this heat, many of the leaves on my dogwood tree are brown. Is it dying? TL
Your tree is likely not dying but suffering from something called...


Tuesday, August 29, 2023

I went to the lake last weekend and saw quite a few dragonflies. I don’t remember the last time I saw one at home. Is there a reason for that? RK

Stink bugs

Saturday, August 26, 2023

I have something on my tomato plant that looks kind of like a squash bug but I don’t think it’s a squash bug. What in the world is it? KD
Odds are...

Moles and Gophers

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

I am getting these mounds of dirt in my yard. Something must be digging. Do I have moles, and if so, how do I get rid of them? LS
Pocket gophers leave...

Are your plants getting enough water?

Saturday, August 19, 2023

In our recent hot afternoons, some of my plants are drooping and look like they need to be watered. How do I know if I am watering them enough because...

Twig Girdlers

Thursday, August 17, 2023

I am seeing some small branches from the trees in my yard that look like they have been chewed off. What’s going on here? KL
Sounds like the cause...

Dividing Iris

Saturday, August 12, 2023

You all posted online that now was the time to divide and replant crowded iris. How do I do that? RW
The first exposure to iris for a lot of us was...

Milkweed Tussock Moth

Monday, August 7, 2023

This year I planted a bunch of milkweed for the migrating monarch butterflies, but there’s some kind of fuzzy orange, black, and white caterpillar eating...


Saturday, August 5, 2023

I love my hostas, but something is chewing on them. Suggestions? AG
While there are several options for what is chewing on your hostas, I am going...

Becoming a Master Gardener

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

I read your articles in the newspaper but am wondering what is a Master Gardener and what do you need to do to become one? CS
During the educational...

Irrigation Audit

Saturday, July 29, 2023

I have been watering my lawn using our sprinkler system, but how do I know how long to run my sprinkler? DT
Sprinkler systems are a wonderful invention...

Spider Mites

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

The leaves on my tomato plants look like they have tiny light-colored dots all over them. Now they are turning brown. I also see something that looks...

Chewing Damage on Vegetable Plants

Saturday, July 22, 2023

Some type of insect is eating holes in the leaves of my vegetables, but I don’t see them. What insect is causing this damage and how can I defend against...

Summertime is Crapemyrtle Time

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

I’m always so jealous of my neighbors who have crapemyrtles. They get flowers all season long. When is the best time to plant crapemyrtles? SF


Saturday, July 15, 2023

I am new to Tulsa and am amazed by how loud those insect sounds are that are coming from the trees? I assume they are insects. Right? SP
You are correct,...

Starting Your Fall Vegetable Garden

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

I’ve really been enjoying my vegetable garden this year. I’ve harvested potatoes and onions and now I’m getting tomatoes and cucumbers. I hate to see...

Using Fireplace ashes in Your Garden

Saturday, July 8, 2023

I’ve seen several posts online about how ashes from the fireplace can keep insects away from my plants. If this is true, how much should I use? TD


Saturday, July 1, 2023

I went on vacation and returned to find a bunch of weeds growing in my garden and yard. They look like little trees, but also seem to have tiny little...

Powdery Mildew

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

My peonies are covered in what looks like a white powder. What is that and will it hurt my plant? PF
Peonies are susceptible to powdery mildew and...

Pillbugs aka Roly-polies

Saturday, June 24, 2023

Roly-polies are devouring some of my outdoor plants and if that wasn’t enough, they are also coming inside the house. What can I do to get rid of them?...

Integrated Pest Management Part 2

Tuesday, June 20, 2023

In last Tuesday’s article we began a discussion about how to have your healthiest, most productive garden yet by utilizing a multi-step process called...

Environmental Tomato Issues

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Last year I had something weird happen to my tomatoes - the end of some of them turned brown and looked rotten. Tomatoes that were produced after that...

Integrated Pest Management Part 1

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

In last Tuesday’s article we began a discussion about how to have your healthiest, most productive garden yet by utilizing a multi-step process called...

Soil Testing

Saturday, June 10, 2023

I’ve heard you all talking a lot about getting a soil test. How do I do that? WG
Getting a soil test is one of the best things you can do for your...


Tuesday, June 6, 2023

I have some weird, seemingly hollow, green, round balls falling from my oak tree. What in the world are these things? SY
You are describing an interesting...

MIgrating Moths

Saturday, June 3, 2023

We have a ton of moths this year. I don’t remember a year like this. What’s going on? JD
We have been getting quite a few calls from not only homeowners...

Garden Tour / Urban Gardener

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

While we don’t have a specific question this week, one thing that people oftentimes ask us is, “Do you have any classes coming up?” The answer depends...


Saturday, May 27, 2023

I’ve seen some bagworms on one of my evergreens. How do I get rid of them? AP
Some years, it seems like bagworms are everywhere. This year so far...

Growing Beans

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

I was hoping to grow some beans this year, but have I waited too long to plant? BG
Beans are pretty easy to grow. At our Seed to Supper Farm where...

Controlling Nutsedge

Saturday, May 20, 2023

I have a weed in my yard that I am told is nutsedge. How can I tell what it is for sure and then how do I get rid of it? GF
Essentially, we have two...

Growing Squash

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Fresh squash is one of my summer favorites, but I hear growing squash successfully can be tricky. What do I need to know before planting some squash...


Saturday, May 13, 2023

I saw a post on social media about the importance of mycorrhizae in the soil. Why is it important? RG
As we learn more and more about soil, we become...

Growing Peonies

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

It seems like everyone’s peonies look so nice this year. I would like to get some for my garden, but I don’t know anything about them except they are...


Saturday, May 6, 2023

I love seeing the beautiful crapemyrtles around town. Are they hard to grow? PL
What’s not to love about crapemyrtles? Well, the freeze damage they...


Tuesday, May 2, 2023

I see a lot online about how important worms are for our gardens. Why is that? PM
I like how in 1881, Charles Darwin helped put the worms place in...

Watering Your Garden

Saturday, April 29, 2023

I’ve expanded my raised beds this year and am wondering about the best way to provide these plants with water. I usually water by hand, but now that...

Gardening for Birds

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

I love listening to the birds in the morning when I get up. How can I attract more birds to my yard so I can enjoy them every day? AT
I am typically...

Dealing With Winter Plant Damage

Monday, April 17, 2023

I have some shrubs that are not greening up this spring. Are they done? WT
It feels like it’s getting a little redundant each year to talk about the...

Growing Vegetables with a Garden

Monday, April 17, 2023

I would love to try to grow some of my own vegetables, but I live in an apartment. Any suggestions on how I can still grow some tomatoes? SR

Xeriscape Gardens

Saturday, April 15, 2023

As I remember last year’s garden, it seems like I was shocked by my water bill. Is there some kind of garden that wouldn’t require all that water? TK

Growing Tomatoes

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

I’ve grown some herbs in the past but would like to add vegetables to my garden. My favorite would be tomatoes. Are they hard to grow? RG
Who doesn’t...

Hardening Off Transplants

Saturday, April 8, 2023

It seems like last year I lost about half of my vegetable transplants I grew from seed shortly after I planted them. How do I keep that from happening...

Lady Beetles

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

My granddaughter loves ladybugs. I assume they are good for the garden, but how can I attract ladybugs to our garden so she can enjoy them? AT

Fertilizer Explained

Saturday, April 1, 2023

I wasn’t really happy with the way my plants grew last year. Do you think I need to add fertilizer and if so, what kind, and how much? DR
There are...

Hummingbirds in the Garden

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

I am always jealous of my friends when I am over at their homes and see the hummingbirds flying around their garden. They are just so interesting. How...

Growing Sunflowers

Saturday, March 25, 2023

I was thinking of adding some sunflowers to my garden this year. Are they difficult to grow? TL
Sunflowers are a great addition to gardens. It’s challenging...

Pollinator Gardens

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

As vegetable gardeners are getting excited and prepared for this year’s growing season, let’s not forget how important flowers are for our pollinating...

Container Gardens

Saturday, March 18, 2023

I am going to start growing some vegetables this year for the first time, how do you suggest I get started? PL
First of all, congratulations on becoming...

Building Your Raised Bed

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

I’ve been growing my own vegetables in containers for several years, but I think I am ready to build a raised bed. What do I need to know before I do...

Planting Time

Saturday, March 11, 2023

With the warm temperatures, I see a lot of the plants in my garden starting to green up. Do I really need to wait till April 15th to plant my vegetables?...

Growing Herbs

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Every year I enjoy my vegetable garden, but this year I am thinking of adding some herbs. Do you have any suggestions? PD
One of the great things...

Rust Disease

Saturday, March 4, 2023

Last year in one of your articles you talked about rust disease on plants and as I remember, you mentioned there was something we could do in the spring...

Oklahoma Proven 2023

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

We are asked this questions hundreds of times a year - what kind of plant would you recommend for (fill in the blank)? It’s always a tricky question...

Growing Zones

Saturday, February 25, 2023

I was vacationing in Arizona last year and saw some interesting plants. Will they grow here in Oklahoma? KF
While you don’t mention a specific plant,...

Starting Your Seeds

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

I don’t know why, but I can’t wait to get my garden started. Usually, I purchase transplants from around town, but this year I would like to start some...

Growing Strawberries

Saturday, February 18, 2023

I used to love visiting my grandpa’s garden when I was a kid. He always had strawberries and let me help pick them. Are strawberries hard to grow? SE

Improving Garden Soil

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

So much of gardening seems to depend on the soil and I’m not convinced the soil in my garden is great. What are some things I can do to make it better?...

Exending the Growing Season

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

I know it’s only January but I am thinking about a greenhouse or something so I can extend my growing season for vegetables. Any suggestions? AL

Cool Season Crops

Saturday, February 4, 2023

I’m itching to get out in the yard and get my vegetable garden fired up for the season. I have sleet on the ground right now, but when can I start to...

MG Plant Sale/Fundraiser

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

One of the questions we get asked quite often, in a variety of ways, is a question asking us what flower or vegetable we would recommend for a homeowner’s...

Winter Shrub Damage

Saturday, January 28, 2023

We have been getting a lot of calls from people concerned about their shrubs and trees not looking right for this time of year… essentially thinking...

Vegetable Garden Basics

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

I want to start growing a few vegetables this spring, but I really don’t know how to start. Where do I begin? MP
Congratulations on making the decision...

Urban Gardener / Lunch and Learn

Saturday, January 21, 2023

Each year people ask us when we plan to teach our gardening classes so here’s what we have planned so far.
First up is our Seed to Supper/Urban Gardener...

Rose Rosette Disease

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

My roses were looking kind of funky last year and I am concerned about rose rosette disease. How would I know if they have rose rosette disease? CT

Overwintering Plants Indoors

Saturday, January 14, 2023

I brought my tropical plants indoors for the winter and some of them don’t seem to be doing great. Any suggestions? MK
First of all, you can expect...

Seed Catalogs

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

I’ve gotten several seed catalogs and am preparing to make my seed order for this year’s vegetable garden. Any suggestions? DR
Seed catalog season...

Crapemyrtle Bark Scale

Saturday, January 7, 2023

This is a
It seems like I remember you talking about how to treat for Crapemyrtle Bark Scale but can you refresh my memory? AT
Crapemyrtle bark...

New Year's Resolutions

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Well, here we are in the first week of the new year and that means it’s time to work on our gardener resolutions. You know we all have them or should...

Overwintering Insects

Saturday, December 31, 2022

I’ve seen quite a bit of info on social media suggesting we don’t clean up our gardens in the fall but wait till spring instead as a way to help insects....

Growing Cannas

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

I know it’s cold outside, but I am already thinking about what I want to plant in my flower garden next year. I love cannas when I see them. Are they...


Saturday, December 24, 2022

As part of our holiday tradition, we always purchase a poinsettia or two. They are just so beautiful. Is there a way to keep them from year to year?...


Tuesday, December 20, 2022

There are a couple of trees in my yard that have dropped all their leaves, but I am noticing a kind of green, leafy growth on some of the branches. Any...

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

I love my large holly, but I looked at it the other day and noticed a bunch of very organized holes in one area of the trunk, maybe 50 or so. The holes...

Holiday Gift Ideas

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

My spouse is an avid gardener, and I would like to get them something for Christmas they can use in the garden. Any suggestions? JP
Good question....

Clinging Fall Leaves

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Today we break with protocol and rather that answer one of your questions we are going to answer one of mine… yes, I still have questions… lots of them....

Growing Pecans

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

I love getting the fresh pecans each fall and am considering planting my own pecan trees. What do I need to know? LS
Growing pecans comes with both...

Southwest Tree Injury

Saturday, December 3, 2022

I’ve wanted a red maple tree for years and just finished planting one in our yard. I followed your planting recommendations. What should I know to help...

Christmas Cactus

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

I’ve had a Christmas Cactus for several years and enjoy it very much. However, this year I don’t see any indication that it is going to flower. What...

Christmas Trees

Saturday, November 26, 2022

I just moved into my first home this year and am getting ready to purchase my first Christmas tree. What do I need to know? DA
Congratulations! There...

Growing Organically

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

I’ve been growing my own vegetables for a couple of years now and it seems to be going pretty well. But next year I would like to shift to more organic...


Saturday, November 19, 2022

I kind of let some of my shrubs get overgrown this year. Is now a good time to prune these shrubs? SH
With the heat we experienced last summer, it...

Winter Plant Care

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Now that winter is approaching, I remember the deep freeze of February 2021 and want to do my best to help my plants survive if that happens again this...

Brown Evergreen Needles

Saturday, November 12, 2022

My pine tree has me concerned. There are a bunch of needles that are turning brown. Is something wrong? SH
Browning needles are not usually cause...


Tuesday, November 8, 2022

I hear people talk all the time about how important worms are for your garden, but what do they actually do? RK
As we think and talk about the importance...

Bermuda Freeze Damage

Saturday, November 5, 2022

My bermudagrass has some pretty crazy patterns in it currently. I’m not really sure how to even describe it…kind of swirly patterns of green and brown....

Leave the Leaves

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

With the leaves already starting to fall, I am starting to dread spending every spare minute out in the yard raking and bagging leaves. Any suggestions?...

Fireplace Ashes

Saturday, October 29, 2022

One of my gardener friends swears by adding ashes from the fireplace to their garden soil, but I am hesitant. Should I engage in this practice or take...

Winter Garden Prep

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

As our vegetable gardening season comes to a close, what are some things I can do to prepare for next year? JW
It’s always a sad day when we must...

Invasive Plants

Saturday, October 22, 2022

I hear people talking about various plants and saying it’s a bad plant because it’s invasive. What does this mean and what are some invasive plants I...

Cold Frames

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

My vegetable garden is starting to slow down. I know the end is coming, but how can I extend my growing season so I can enjoy fresh vegetables a little...

Bringing Plants Indoors for Winter

Saturday, October 15, 2022

I have a bunch of tropical plants outside in pots. When should I bring them indoors? LK
It’s about time to think about bringing your tropical plants...

Planting Bulbs

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

I love seeing all the tulips blooming in the spring, but I never get organized in time to plant them in the fall. This year is going to be different....

Fall soil Testing

Saturday, October 8, 2022

My garden didn’t do very well this year even though I did everything like I usually do. What could be going on?
First of all, a lot of our gardens...

Fall Webworms

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

It doesn’t seem as bad as last year, but the fall webworms are back on my trees. What should I do? SF
It’s always a bit of a mystery why some years...


Saturday, October 1, 2022

My driveway is covered in what I assume are partially eaten acorns. What’s going on? LP
Acorn debris is a sign that the squirrels populating your...


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

I have this giant grasshopper looking leaf insect on my window screen. Is this a good insect or a back insect? NM
It sounds like you are describing...

Leaf Scorch

Saturday, September 24, 2022

The leaves on a couple of my trees are starting to turn brown around the edges. Should I be concerned? RW
The problem you are describing is likely...

Fall Flowers

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

I love my beautiful annuals, but I know with fall just around the corner, their days are numbered. Any suggestions for flowers that will give me a little...

Reseeding Fescue

Friday, September 16, 2022

I love my fescue lawn, but this summer was tough on it. I probably need to reseed. When should I do that? GR
We primarily think of fescue around here...

Moles and Gophers

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Something is digging in my yard because I have these mounds of dirt showing up everywhere. Do I have moles? JD
You definitely have something working...

Fall Learning Opportunities

Saturday, September 10, 2022

One of the primary purposes for the Tulsa County Master Gardeners is to share horticultural information with area residents. We do a variety of other...

Garden Myths

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

I have seen a lot of posts on social media talking about using Epsom salt in vegetable gardens. The claims seem almost too good to be true. Is Epsom...

Fall Armyworms

Saturday, September 3, 2022

There are a bunch of caterpillars eating my turfgrass. How do I get rid of them? GS
Sounds like you are talking about armyworms. Last year it seems...

Fall Gardens / Garlic

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

I wanted to plant a fall garden but haven’t yet. Do I just need to wait till next spring? LR
You’ve probably missed the window for some fall crops,...

Blister Beetles

Saturday, August 27, 2022

I went out to my garden to look at my tomatoes today and they were a ton of striped insects all over them. They are destroying my tomatoes. What do I...

Planting Trees and Shrubs

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

I want to add a couple of shrubs to my yard. When is the best time to plant? MD
While it may seem counter-intuitive, fall is the best time to plant...

Transpiration in Plants

Saturday, August 20, 2022

In this heat, it seems like no matter how much I water some of my plants, they get wilted and droopy during the heat of the day. What am I doing wrong?...

Monarch Butterflies

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

I saw in the news that the monarch butterfly is now on the list of endangered species. What does this mean and how can we help? AT
Endangered is a...

Dividing Iris

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Many of my iris didn’t bloom this year. Was it the heat or something else? CR
Iris have an interesting origin story. Their name traces back to Greek...

Beneficial Wasps

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

It seems like I am seeing more wasps than usual buzzing around my garden. I don’t remember this being the case before. Do I have a problem? BG
I have...

Red Velvet Ants

Saturday, August 6, 2022

I just saw this giant red and black ant in my garden. It almost didn’t look real. Are they dangerous? BH
I’m pretty sure you are referring to an insect...

Become a Master Gardener

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

I read and enjoy your articles and have called the Tulsa Master Gardener office several times with questions, but what is a Master Gardener, and would...


Saturday, July 30, 2022

I’ve been using so much water to keep my plants alive. I’ve heard xeriscape gardens don’t use much water but what is a xeriscape garden? WL
Many Tulsans...

Spider Mites

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

My tomato plant’s leaves are turning brown, and I am seeing some webs. What’s going on? SP
Your description and the presence of webbing suggests you...

Identify Pest Damage

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Something is eating what looks like jagged holes in the leaves of my vegetables. What can I do about this organically? CK
This time of year, there...

Fungal Disease in Tomatoes

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

I have several tomato plants in my home garden. They were all doing great but then two of them just turned brown and died. I know it’s not a watering...

Asian Jumping Worms

Saturday, July 16, 2022

I am hearing a lot about Asian Jumping Worms being a problem. What are they and what damage do they cause? SM
As gardeners, we know earthworms are...

Crapemyrtle Planting Time

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

I love crapemyrtles and have been told that summer is the best time to plant them. Is this true? PJ
Crapemyrtles have become a standard landscape...


Saturday, July 9, 2022

I have a small weed popping up everywhere in my garden. They grow to about a foot tall and have these little seed pods/flowers. I pull them up but that...

Starting Your Fall Vegetable Garden

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

I have friends who have been gardening a long time and it seems like they all look forward to starting their fall vegetable garden. In fact, they are...

Common Tomato Problems

Saturday, July 2, 2022

My tomatoes are not producing any fruit. What’s wrong? CO
Tomatoes are kind of the prima-donnas of the garden. Unless everything is just right, they...

Watering Wise

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

At this point in the summer, I am trying not to go broke from watering my lawn and landscape. What can I do to minimize my water usage? BF
Water usage...

Mychorrizae in the Soil

Saturday, June 25, 2022

I’ve been hearing a lot about a fungus called mycorrhizae that everyone seems to think I need to add to my garden soil. What is it and do I need to add...

Powdery Mildew

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The leaves on my tall garden phlox are covered with something white and they are looking bad. What can I do about this? NK
Sounds like your phlox...

Poison Hemlock

Saturday, June 18, 2022

I’ve seen people posting about poison hemlock and am seeing a lot of contradictory information. What do I need to know about poison hemlock in Tulsa?...

Integrated Pest Management Part 2

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Last week we talked about two aspects of a comprehensive pest management strategy called Integrated Pest Management. This week we build on that by discussing...

Integrated Pest Management Part 1

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

I am struggling to find a balanced approach to pests in my garden. I don’t want to kill them all, but I also don’t want them to destroy my garden. Any...

Dealing with Too Much Water

Saturday, June 4, 2022

We have gotten a lot of rain recently and some of my vegetable plants don’t look great, especially the tomatoes. Should I be concerned? CG
You are...


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

As I remember, I had a large quantity of bagworms last year. How do I prevent that this year? AP
You are correct, last year we had what some called...

Garden Tour and Urban Gardener Classes

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

As many of you know, horticultural education is one of the prime directives, for not only the Tulsa County OSU Extension but also for the Tulsa Master...

Growing Sunflowers

Saturday, May 21, 2022

I have always loved sunflowers but have never grown them. Anything I should know first? AR
Sunflowers are a great addition to any garden. Birds will...

Growing Beans

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

I love beans of just about all types and would like to grow some in my garden. What should I know to get started? OS
One of the great things about...

Growing Peonies

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

I planted some peonies a couple of years ago. They are blooming for the first time this year, but the flower buds have ants all over them. What should...

Growing Seedless Watermelons

Saturday, May 7, 2022

I’ve always loved seedless watermelons, but if they don’t produce seeds, how in the world do you grow them? SJ
That’s a very good question, especially...

Using Mulch in the GArden

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

I was able to plant all my flowers and vegetables last weekend and they are looking great. I remember you talking about mulch quite a bit, but I have...

Container Gardening

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

I enjoy reading your articles, but most of the information is for people who have a yard. I live in an apartment, but I would still like to grow a few...

Tent Caterpillars

Saturday, April 23, 2022

The tree in my yard has webbing in some of the branches and I think I see caterpillars. What should I do? KW
The webs you are describing are probably...

Growing Squash

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

I love squash and would love to grow some in my garden but so many of my gardener friends have given up on growing squash. Any suggestions to help keep...

Growing Tomatoes

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

I am new to gardening, and I want to start growing some vegetables. I was thinking of starting with tomatoes in containers. Any suggestions? SC

Fertilizer Explained

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

I assume my soil needs some type of fertilizer but how do I know which fertilizer to choose and how much to apply. FM
Fertilizer can be an intimidating...

Growing Herbs

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

I am new to edible gardening and was thinking of starting to grow some herbs. Any suggestions? TS
In reality, herbs are some of my favorite things...

Rust Disease

Saturday, March 26, 2022

I remember last year the leaves on my Bradford pear were covered with these strange looking orange growths. How can I prevent that this year? AR

Oklahoma Proven 2022

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Master Gardeners are often asked for plant recommendations. There are so many options and so many Master Gardeners that you will likely get a different...

Pollinator Gardens

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

One question posed to Master Gardener’s quite often concerns plant recommendations. There are so many options and so many Master Gardeners that you will...

Planting Dates

Saturday, March 12, 2022

It seems like every year it gets harder and harder for me to wait until April 15th to plant my warm season vegetables. Do I really need to wait until...

Raised Bed Gardens

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Last Tuesday we talked about the advantages and disadvantages of in-ground vs raised bed gardens. This week let’s talk about how to construct a raised...

Types of Gardens

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

I would like to start a vegetable garden, but I don’t have a lot of space. How do I decide what type of garden is best for me? CW
First of all, congratulations...

Growing Strawberries

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

I am always so jealous of my friends who grow strawberries. When is the best time to plant strawberries? RC
I agree. I love strawberries and our granddaughter...

Seed Germination

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Sometimes I collect seeds from my flowers in the fall and plant them in the spring. Some sprout and some don’t. What am I doing wrong? SB
Seed dormancy...

Burls and Lichens

Saturday, February 12, 2022

An oak tree in my yard has a large growth on it. It doesn’t seem to be hurting the tree, but should I be concerned? BI
It’s sounds like you are describing...

MG Plant Sale

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Each year, many people ask us for recommendations on which plants to purchase and where to find them. We are fortunate to have several good garden centers...

Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Since I miss my home grown vegetables in the winter, I am considering getting a greenhouse. What do I need to know before starting this project? NM

Winter Watering

Saturday, January 29, 2022

It’s been cold and we haven’t had much rain, anything I should be doing to help my plants to survive the winter? AW
Many of us don’t really think...

Garden Gnomes

Monday, January 24, 2022

I know this isn’t technically a “garden question” but I am curious. How did the tradition of having a gnome in the garden get started? JM

Starting Seeds

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

This year, rather than purchase vegetable plants, I want to start them from seeds. What do I need to know to be able to do that? JP
Believe it or...

Crapemyrtle Bark Scale

Saturday, January 15, 2022

I had a problem with black leaves on my crapemyrtle last year. How do I prevent that this year? JW
First of all, congratulations on having a crapemyrtle...

Seed Catalogs

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

I’ve been getting seed catalogs in the mail, and I am wanting to get my seeds ordered. Any recommendations? NT
The day seed catalogs start to arrive...

Oklahoma Spiders

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

While I am not a big fan of spiders, I know some of them are considered “good guys.” Which spiders should I be concerned about? CR
Spiders are part...

Urban Gardener

Saturday, January 1, 2022

First of all, Happy New Year! With all the events of the past couple of years, it feels like just making it this far is worthy of celebration. So, today’s...

Gardener Resolutions

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

As a kid, I remember we always had mistletoe hanging in the doorway this time of year. Any idea where this tradition comes from? AR
The hanging of...


Tuesday, December 21, 2021

As a kid, I remember we always had mistletoe hanging in the doorway this time of year. Any idea where this tradition comes from? AR
The hanging of...

Southwest Tree Injury

Saturday, December 18, 2021

I planted what I hoped would become a big, beautiful maple tree someday, but a year after planting, the bark on the trunk has a huge split in it. Is...

Christmas Gift Ideas

Thursday, December 16, 2021

I’m wondering if you have any unique Christmas gift ideas for the gardeners in my life. PC
Gardeners can be a difficult group to shop for; primarily...

The Buzz on Bees

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

I understand the importance of honeybees for pollination, but I saw a variety of bees in my garden this year. What are some other bees we have in Oklahoma?...

Christmas Trees

Saturday, December 4, 2021

I ‘m looking forward to selecting my Christmas tree this year. How can I know which tree is best and how do I keep it looking it’s best until Christmas?...

Osage Orange

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

As a kid on the farm, I remember seeing a lot of what we called hedge apple trees. Are those still around? JH
Yes, hedge apples are still around....

Locally Sourced Christmas Wreaths

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Last weekend, our youngest daughter came over to the house to finish a project she actually started on Father’s Day. You see, on Father’s Day she gave...

Fireplace Ashes

Saturday, November 20, 2021

I read in an online gardening group that I should spread my fireplace ashes around our garden. Is that a good idea? LT
Utilizing fireplace ashes in...

Preparing Your Plants for Winter

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Last year’s winter was brutal on my plants. Do you have any suggestions that can help keep this from happening again this year? LS
Oh, if we only...

Leave the leaves

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

The leaves on my trees are starting to fall. Every year I dread all the raking and bagging. Is there a better solution for all these leaves? RK

Pine Tree Disease

Saturday, November 6, 2021

My pine tree has some needles that are turning brown. What could be wrong? SW
This time of year, we tend to get a variety of calls about pines or...

Growing Organically

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

I hear and see the term “organic” all the time, but what does that mean? KW
We do see the term “organic” quite a bit these days and many of us probably...

Pollination & Pollinators

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

I hear people talk about pollinators and pollinations, but I find it confusing. Can you help me understand? OD
Pollination is the process of moving...

Fall Soil Testing

Saturday, October 23, 2021

I have been told I should get a soil test. Should I wait to do that until the spring growing season? MM
Soil testing to find out your soil nutrient...

Growing Azaleas

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

I have always enjoyed azaleas and would love to have some in my landscape, but I’ve heard they are a lot of trouble. Is that true? BK
Oklahoma’s hot...

Planting Bulbs

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Every year I enjoy the tulips I see around town in the spring. When do I need to plant those? LW
Tulip bulbs (among others) should be planted in the...


Saturday, October 9, 2021

There are mounds of dirt appearing in my yard like something is digging. How do I stop this? SH
Your problem can probably be traced back to gophers;...

Praying Mantids

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

I have several praying mantids in my garden. Do I need to be concerned? EW
Praying mantids are part of the order Mantodea which is where the mantid...

Cold Frames

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Now that the weather is cooling down, what is a good way to extend my vegetable growing season? NB
Many of us have been enjoying fresh vegetables...

Stink Bugs

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Some sort of insect is damaging my tomatoes. My neighbor told me they are stink bugs. What should I do? AR
Stink bugs are at their peak about now,...

Trees for Tulsa

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

In a previous article you talked about fall being the best time to plant trees. Which trees do you recommend for our area? KW
Yes, fall is the best...


Tuesday, September 14, 2021

As a kid I remember seeing dragonflies all the time, but now I never see them. Do we still have dragonflies? TK
Yes, we still have dragonflies, depending...

Reseeding Fescue

Saturday, September 11, 2021

My fescue took a beating this year in the heat. Should I reseed in the fall or the spring? AC
Fescue is our primary grass for shady areas here in...

Fall Gardens / Planting Garlic

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Is it too late to start my fall vegetable garden? DT
It’s probably too late to start some crops from seed but there are still a lot of vegetables...

Planting Trees & Shrubs

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

I’ve heard that fall is the best time to plant trees. Is that true? DB
Oftentimes when we tell people that the best time to plant trees and shrubs...

Mulberry Weed

Saturday, August 28, 2021

My garden is being taken over by weeds that are growing to about a foot tall. They look like a seedling from a tree, but they don’t get any taller. They...

Twig Girdler

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

While mowing the yard I saw several small branches on the ground that looked like they had been chewed off. What kind of insect “chews” off branches?...

Milkweed Tussock Moth

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The milkweed in my garden is doing great this year. It is taller than usual, and I can’t wait for the Monarch butterflies to find it this fall, but I...


Saturday, August 14, 2021

It looks like my yard has been invaded with these inch long caterpillars that are devouring my turf and some of my plants. How do I get rid of them?...

Blossom Drop in Tomatoes

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

My tomatoes were producing a lot of fruit but now they just stopped. Are they done for the year? BM
This is a great question for this time of year...


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

I have what appears to be bagworms on my juniper. Will they damage by shrub? LH
Bagworms are out in full force this year. I received an email from...

Become a Master Gardener

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for our yearly Master Gardener training. But you may ask “What is a Master Gardener?"
In 1862 federal legislation...

Spider Mites

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The leaves on some of my plants have small spots on them and are starting to turn brown. I also see some webbing. What is causing this? DH
From your...

Fungal Disease in Tomatoes

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

My tomatoes have brown spots on them. Can I save them? BV
The hot, wet conditions we have been experiencing are perfect for the development of fungal...

Slugs in the Garden

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Something is chewing on my hostas, but I don’t see anything. Any suggestions? MM
There are several insects that could be causing your trouble, but...

Ornamental Grasses

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

My flower garden is in pretty good shape, but it needs something. Any suggestions? RH
Many a gardener finds themselves in this dilemma. We did our...

Replacing Crapemyrtles

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

There are still no signs of life on my crapemyrtles. I was thinking of planting something else where the crapemyrtles used to be. What would you suggest?...

Fall Gardens

Sunday, July 4, 2021

It’s the Fourth of July and we know what’s on every gardener’s mind: when can I start my fall garden?
Ok, maybe right now we are thinking about watermelon...

Water Management in the Garden

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

We had too much rain for so long and now that we are entering summer, the rain has kind of stopped. How do I know how much to water my garden? KS

Caterpillars in the Garden

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

I have a ton of little black caterpillars devouring my echinacea. I am afraid they will kill the flower, but I feel bad about trying to kill them all....

Powdery Mildew

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

I went away for the weekend and came home to find some my plants covered with what looks like a white powder. What should I do? LH
It sounds like...

Water Damage to Tomatoes

Monday, June 7, 2021

My tomato plants are starting to get some yellow leaves. What am I doing wrong? VS
This is a question we have been getting a lot recently and the...

Tomato Garden Myths

Monday, June 7, 2021

I am a member of several online garden groups and am seeing a lot of recommendations from people suggesting I should add antacids or eggshells or Epsom...

Crapemyrtle Freeze Damage

Monday, June 7, 2021

We are getting a lot of questions about this topic, and it also seems like every other post in social media garden sites are asking what to do about...

Oak Galls

Monday, June 7, 2021

Some branches on my oak tree have these unusual growths on them. They are green and about the size of a golf ball. What in the world are these things?...

Garden Tour

Monday, June 7, 2021

I love going to the garden centers to look at the flowers, but it’s hard for me to decide what I want in my garden. Is there any place I can go to visit...

Earthworms in the Garden

Monday, June 7, 2021

I was digging in my garden the other day and I found quite a few earthworms. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? LK
It’s hard to understate the importance...

Container Gardens

Monday, June 7, 2021

I really want to grow some vegetables, but I live in an apartment. Do you have any suggestions? RC
Growing your own vegetables is quite satisfying....


Monday, June 7, 2021

I am seeing a lot of news about a huge quantity of cicadas emerging this year. Is this cause for concern? DK
You are correct, there have been a lot...

Oklahoma Proven

Monday, June 7, 2021

I need to redo some of my landscape because the deep-freeze we experienced killed some of my favorites. How do I figure out which plants will do well...

Waterwise Landscaping

Monday, June 7, 2021

I have heard people talking about xeriscape gardens. What are those and why would we want a xeriscape garden? BC
Xeriscaping is a practice designed...

Squash Insects

Monday, June 7, 2021

I love to grow squash, but it seems like every year the insects get them. How can I stop this from happening? SB
There are two main insects that are...

Growing Tomatoes

Monday, June 7, 2021

I love growing tomatoes and plant them every year, but my plants never seem to have the fruit production I hope for. Any suggestions? JD

Gardening for Birds

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

It seems like the older I get, the more interest I have in birds. They are so beautiful and fun to watch. What can I do in my yard to attract more birds?...

Eastern Tent Caterpillars

Sunday, April 11, 2021

I am seeing webs of some kind of insect in my tree where the branches join. What are these and what should I do about them? EC
It sounds like you...

Lady Beetles

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

I really love ladybugs and I’ve heard they are good for your garden. Is that true? JG
Ladybugs have to be one of our favorite garden visitors: right...


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

I love watching and listening to the hummingbirds in my garden. When should I put my hummingbird feeder out? CC
I agree. I love hummingbirds. My wife...

Planting Dates

Sunday, March 28, 2021

In this week’s Ask a Master Gardener article we are going to discuss one question, and it’s one question we get thousands of times: “Is it too early...

Rust Disease and Bradford Pears

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Last year my Bradford Pear’s leaves were covered with rust fungus. What can I do this year to prevent that from happening again? CS
You are correct....

Pollinator Gardens

Saturday, March 20, 2021

I read your article on Monarch butterflies and milkweed. What do I need to know if I want to make my flower garden more attractive to all pollinators?...

Educational Opportunities

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Don’t you all usually have some gardening classes in the spring? How do I find out about those? PJ
Yes, we usually have several educational opportunities...

Monarchs and Milkweed

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

I’ve seen posts on social media about how important it is for us to plant milkweed for the Monarch butterflies. What is the big deal? BF
I am glad...

Raised Beds

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

I am wondering if the flowers in my garden will survive the deep-freeze we just endured. Should my perennials survive or am I looking at having to replace...

Growing Zones

Sunday, February 28, 2021

I am wondering if the flowers in my garden will survive the deep-freeze we just endured. Should my perennials survive or am I looking at having to replace...

Growing Potatoes

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

I want to try my hand at growing potatoes this year. Where do I get them and how do I take care of them? SJ
I love growing potatoes. They are pretty...

Master Gardener Plant Sale

Sunday, February 14, 2021

I really want to expand my flower and vegetable gardens this year but I’m not sure where to start. What do you suggest? CS
Congratulations on wanting...

Fertilizer Basics

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

All the numbers on bags of fertilizer are confusing. Can you explain what they mean? MR
Understanding the numbers on the fertilizer bags is essential...

Rose Rosette

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

It seems like I see so many posts on social media about rose rosette disease, how can I tell if my roses are infected? GM
Diagnosis is critical because...

Growing Strawberries

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

I’ve always wanted strawberries in my garden. What do I need to know? DK
Strawberries are the number one fruit crop in Oklahoma home gardens. It’s...


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

I remember that my squash plants last year had a lot of blooms but produced very little squash. What do you think caused that? MW
We receive quite...

Water Conservation Basics

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

I love my lawn and garden, but in the summer my water bill is painful. Any suggestions on how I can reduce my water usage while having a beautiful yard...

Starting Your Vegetable Garden

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start a vegetable garden. When can I start to plant? AG
Even though we just recently crossed over into 2021,...

Pruning Guide

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Some of my shrubs are out of control. When is the best time to prune? JD
If there were only a simple answer to that question. Let’s unpack pruning...

Cool Season Vegetable Gardens

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to start a vegetable garden. When can I start to plant? AG
Even though we just recently crossed over into 2021,...

House Plants

Sunday, January 3, 2021

I have quite a few tropicals that I brought in when it got cold. Any tips on how to keep them healthy till they can go back outside? GM
Indoor plants...

Integrated Pest Management Pt 2

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Last Tuesday we talked about two aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM): cultural and biological controls. This week we continue the discussion...

Integrated Pest Management Pt 1

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

In a recent article you mentioned Integrated Pest Management. Can you tell us more about that? JG
Integrated Pest Management or IPM is an environmentally...

Seed Catalogs

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Whenever I get my seed catalogs, I tend to choose seeds based on the photo of the vegetable. What should I really be looking for? CW
’Tis the season...

Gardener Resolutions

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

As we are days away from embarking on a journey toward whatever 2021 holds for us, now is a good time to reflect on our 2020 garden; to think about what...

Vegetable Garden First Steps

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

I’ve never grown vegetables before, but I want to start next year. Any advice? SH
Congratulations on wanting to become a vegetable gardener. I know...

Caring for Newly Planted Trees

Sunday, December 6, 2020

I planted several trees this fall. Anything I should do to help them get established? JB
If you planted a soft barked tree like a maple, cherry, weeping...

Moles & Gophers

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Gophers appear to be active again in my yard. I also think I have moles. What can I do about them? SH
Gophers are the most active in the spring and...

Veg. Garden Tips

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

I was disappointed with my vegetable garden this year. Not sure what I did wrong. What are some of the main things I could do to help me have a more...

Christmas Trees

Sunday, November 22, 2020

It seems like every year I put off getting a Christmas tree until the last minute, not this year. Any suggestions on which kind of live tree is best?...

Winter Plant Care

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Each year it seems like some of my plants that were fine, did not come back in the spring. How can I help them survive the winter? MW
I will admit,...

Fall Leaves

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Each year I have less and less enthusiasm for raking and bagging my leaves. I love my trees but dealing with the leaves is brutal. Any suggestions? KT

Fireplace Ashes

Sunday, November 8, 2020

I read on the internet that fireplace ashes are great for your garden. Should I save my fireplace ashes to add to my garden? AR
On this question,...


Tuesday, November 3, 2020

I was cleaning up my garden for winter and I noticed a lot of earthworms. Is this a problem or a good thing? SW
Up until about March of this year,...

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

My crape myrtle has white spots on the bark and a lot of black leaves. What is going on? OS
What you are describing are classic symptoms of crape...


Sunday, October 25, 2020

I’ve got these inch-long caterpillars devouring my turf and some of my plants. What are these things and how do I get rid of them? PJ
The insect you...

Fall Webworms

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Every year I seem to get these caterpillars with large webs in my trees. What can I do to get rid of them? JK
The insect you are describing is known...

Fall Bulbs for Spring Color

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Each spring I see the beautiful tulips and regret not planting them the previous fall. Any suggestion on how I should start gardening with bulbs? AR

Re-seeding Fescue

Sunday, October 11, 2020

It seems like my fescue does great during the winter and spring, but then struggles during the summer? What am I doing wrong? MW
Actually, you are...

Flowers for Fall

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

I have loved my summer annuals and would like to keep the color going. What would you recommend? JD
Now is about the time when many of our annuals...

Beneficial Wasps

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

My husband says I have an irrational fear of wasps and that some are “beneficial.” Is there really such a thing as a good wasp? SC
A lot of people...

Planting Trees and Shrubs

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

I am wanting to add some more trees and shrubs to my landscape, and someone told me that Fall was the best time to plant those. Is that true? JD

Using Pre-Emergents in Your Lawn

Sunday, September 13, 2020

I had so much crab grass in my lawn this year. Is there anything I can do now to help with that problem for next year? MC
Weeds can be so frustrating...

Remembering Bill Sevier

Sunday, August 30, 2020

When I first became a Master Gardener, I really didn’t know what I was getting into or what to expect. This is probably true with most Master Gardeners...

Dividing Iris

Thursday, August 27, 2020

I’ve had iris for several years, but they didn’t seem to bloom as much this year as usual. Any suggestions? GM
There are some 200 to 300 varieties...

Cabbage Loopers

Sunday, August 16, 2020

My broccoli plants were destroyed this year by a small green caterpillar, actually hundreds of small green caterpillars. How do I prevent this from happening...

Dutch Elm Disease

Sunday, August 2, 2020

I have an American Elm that started looking like it had a problem and then died a few weeks later. What in the world happened? JA
The culprit was...