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Lawn and garden
How to deal with tunneling pests in your yard

A mole will generally remain underground and not come to the surface, but most people are familiar with the damage they do with their feeding tunnels and the molehills that they make. Read more

June gardening calendar

Deadhead bulbs and spring flowering perennials as blossoms fade. Read more

MU Extension updates free ID Weeds app

The app offers information on more than 430 weed species found in crop fields, pastures, lawns, gardens or aquatic areas in Missouri and surrounding states. Read more

Raised bed gardening

With the memory of water-logged gardens from abundant spring rains on our minds, now is a good time to consider raised-bed gardening. Read more

Protecting pollinators in your yard

Most people who are active in caring for their lawns and landscaped plants are aware of and concerned about the decline of insect pollinators, such as certain types of bees and butterflies. Read more

Sanitize tools for good garden hygiene

Like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Read more

Don't guess on garden fertilizer

The best way to make sure your plants get the right nutrients is to have the soil tested. Read more

How does your garden grow?

If you can't remember, you need From Seed to Harvest and Beyond: Garden Journal and Calendar. This journal will keep you organized with the details of your garden in one handy place. Read more

News

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  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Lawns around the Show-Me State are starting to turn brown. But that’s a normal, and temporary, response to hot, dry weather.
  • Thursday, June 23, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Homeowners who usually leave decisions about watering the lawn to the whims of the weather might be having second thoughts as summer gets off to a dry start.
  • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – The combination of prolonged high heat and dry weather potentially threatens fish ponds, says a University of Missouri Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Friday, May 13, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Nothing says spring like fresh asparagus.
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Right after daffodils, tulips and hyacinths have spent their last flower, many homeowners mow the plants down. That’s a bad idea if you want them to flower year after year.
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  • Tuesday, April 12, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. –  The days are getting warmer, which means destructive, furry varmints are busy tearing up lawns and damaging plants.
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  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Extension recently released an update for its free ID Weeds app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices to help people easily identify weeds in the field, lawn or garden.
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  • Monday, April 4, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Container gardening can be a great option if time and space are in short supply.
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  • Monday, February 1, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s difficult to think about gardening in the midst of sweater-weather, but now is the perfect time to start seeds indoors so they’ll be ready for transplant when warmer weather arrives.
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  • Friday, January 22, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – While you’re familiar with onions, garlic, leeks and shallots, which are all members of the genus Allium, there’s a whole group in that genus that are known for their looks rather than their taste. They’re called ornamental onions or alliums.
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  • Thursday, January 7, 2016
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Bugs Bunny was always seen nonchalantly munching on a carrot. Considering that the carrot is tasty and nutritious, that makes Bugs one smart bunny.
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  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015
    PALMYRA, Mo. – Kent Rupp climbed electric poles most of his working life. He played on his undefeated high school football team.
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  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015
    COLUMBIA, Mo.– Just like surgeons and dentists, gardeners should work with clean tools. Sanitizing garden tools between uses will lower the risk of spreading diseases from one plant to another, says a University of Missouri Extension horticulturist.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2013
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Gardeners willing to put in a bit of effort can jump-start this year’s vegetable or flower garden by starting seeds indoors.
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  • Tuesday, January 31, 2012
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – A healthy garden starts from the ground up.
  • Friday, July 22, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – Floods and severe storms can leave more than just people homeless. Displaced snakes, rodents and other nuisance wildlife often will seek shelter and food in areas close to people, said Bob Pierce, MU Extension fisheries and wildlife specialist.
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011
    COLUMBIA, Mo. – If the leaves of your roses, shrubs or soybeans look like swiss cheese, the culprit could be Japanese beetles.
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Websites

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Courses

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