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Christmas tree in the foreground in a field with other trees behind it.
November 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Trees, Christmas Trees

CHUNKY, Miss. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted countless traditions in 2020, but it will not keep living rooms across Mississippi from featuring Christmas decor, nor will it deter customer demand for fresh trees.

In fact, business is booming at farms that have opened for the season, said Southern Christmas Tree Association President Michael May.

A deer with antlers standing in the snow.
November 19, 2020 - Filed Under: Agriculture, Trees, Christmas Trees

“Where are all the bucks?”

Several years ago, Larry Castle, formerly of Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP), and Steve Demarais of the Mississippi State University Deer Lab got together to discuss what could be done to address deer hunter questions and concerns regarding where bucks were going during hunting season. For years, Larry and his team at MDWFP would get questions from hunters who were frustrated with not seeing the deer they think they should be seeing. 

 A tree lays on the ground with its entire root system exposed.
November 2, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape and Garden Design, Trees

I had planned to write again this week about more great cool-season color options, but we had a landscape and garden crasher named Hurricane Zeta make a mess on the Gulf coast.

This storm surprised most folks with its intensity and property damage. It also did a lot -- and I do mean a lot -- of damage to trees that resulted in widespread power outages. My family and neighbors were lucky that our power was off for only 48 hours.

A man raking leaves into a wheelbarrow.
October 27, 2020 - Filed Under: Master Gardener, Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Management, Trees

Video by Michaela Parker 

The year is winding down. The weather is finally cooling off and the leaves are slowly, but surely, changing colors. Cooler weather means fewer things to do in your garden. (Are you rejoicing or feeling bummed?) Before we wrap up the year, however, complete a few tasks in your lawn and garden to be ready for the spring! Here are four tasks to do in November:

Descriptive graphic explaining what webworms are and how to treat them.
August 14, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests, Trees

If you’ve noticed spiderwebs in your pecan trees, chances are they’re not spiders. They’re fall webworms.

An emerald ash borer sits on a green leaf.
July 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Insects, Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Pests, Trees, Urban and Community Forestry

Do you have ash trees or white fringe trees in your home landscape? If you do and you love them, you should be on the lookout for the emerald ash borer.

A large hardwood tree is snapped off and lays on the ground beside a house.
June 8, 2020 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Trees

Last week was the traditional start of the storm season, and as if on cue, Tropical Storm Cristobal paid us a visit.

This storm surprised us with a greater amount of coastal flooding than expected; and the rain, oh the rain. The Gulf Coast collected 6 inches in a 24-hour period, which was less than forecasted, but it still creates havoc in the landscape and garden.

Small white dots appear on a pruned crape myrtle branch.
March 16, 2020 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Landscape Plants and Trees Diseases, Trees

If you’ve got crape myrtles, you should be on the lookout for Crape Myrtle Bark Scale. This invasive pest can turn easy-to-care for shrubs and trees into high-maintenance plants covered in a black, sooty mold.

While the insects won’t kill the tree outright, the tree will eventually produce fewer and smaller blooms if the insects are allowed to reproduce year after year.

A person pruning a tree branch with red shears.
February 17, 2020 - Filed Under: Fruit, Landscape Architecture, Trees

Although we still have some cold weather in store, now is the time to start thinking about pruning. Late winter and early spring are the times to prune fruit trees, including apple and pear trees. 

A red pruning tool cutting a branch.
February 4, 2020 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Trees

If you’ve got landscape chores on your mind, pruning is no doubt on your list. Crape myrtles are a staple in landscapes across the state because of their low-maintenance beauty.

A tree planted in green grass with brown mulch around it.
January 21, 2020 - Filed Under: Landscape Architecture, Trees

If you are planning your spring garden chores, mulching is likely on your list. But you may not know that there is a right and wrong way to apply mulch.

Multiple clusters of blueberries in varying stages of ripeness adorn a branch covered with green leaves.
May 28, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Trees, Vegetable Gardens

If edibles are on your list for the landscape or garden this year, check out the list of Mississippi Medallion winners. They are proven performers when it comes to our Mississippi climate.

Our horticulture experts help select several plants, including fruits and vegetables, each year that make the cut. 

Several small and compact violet flowers on long stems with green foliage.
May 7, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Flower Gardens, Herb Gardens, Trees, Vegetable Gardens

Do you want surefire performance in your landscape and vegetable garden, but don’t know what to look for when you go to the garden center?

A stand of tall pine trees with significant amounts of green brush, grass and small trees growing beneath them.
April 26, 2019 - Filed Under: Trees, Forestry

VERONA, Miss. – Before loblolly pines became the premier pine species in the United States, Mississippi native shortleaf pines offered some outstanding traits that are still valuable today.

A closeup of a gloved hand holding a pair of bypass pruning shears.
February 22, 2019 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design and Management, Landscape and Garden Design, Trees

February marks the beginning of pruning chores in the garden. This task will be a breeze if you have the right tools. MSU Extension horticulture specialist Gary Bachman recommends three pruning tools every gardener should have. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

Green leaves cover branches that end in pink crape myrtle blossoms.
February 5, 2019 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Trees

Southern landscapes are filled with crape myrtles of all sizes and colors because they are easy to grow and provide beauty for several months. However, they do need a little TLC this time of year. (Photo by Gary Bachman)

MSU Extension agent Sandy Havard wears a maroon shirt and holds an Extension soil sample box.
October 2, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Soil Testing, Trees, Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Vegetable Gardens

If your lawn, landscape, or garden look a little sickly, it might be time for a soil health checkup. (Photo by Jonathan Parrish/Cindy Callahan)

A white moth rests on a green leaf beside a single layer of dozens of round, white eggs laid in a mass.
August 29, 2018 - Filed Under: Insects-Home Lawns, Insects-Ornamental Plants, Insects-Pests, Trees

A tent for camping in the woods can be a good thing, but a tent filled with caterpillars in a pecan tree can be bad news for homeowners.

Pink coneflowers which are native to Mississippi.
May 18, 2018 - Filed Under: Flower Gardens, Landscape Architecture, Trees

Native plants are excellent choices for any landscape. They are adapted to the climate, which makes them low-maintenance. Planting native varieties of flowers, plants and shrubs provides food and shelter for native wildlife. (Photo by Tim Allison)

Side by side photos showing the right and wrong ways to mulch around a tree trunk. (Photos by Kevin Hudson and Gary Bachman)
March 8, 2018 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden, Landscape Architecture, Trees

What do doughnuts and volcanoes have in common?

Mulch.

Properly applied, mulch can:

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