Destructive weed found in seventh North Dakota county
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The presence of a weed that researchers say can drastically reduce crop yields has been confirmed in a seventh North Dakota county, according to a state agency.
Emerald ash borer found in Nebraska’s Saunders County
ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees in the U.S. has been found near Ashland.
The state Agriculture Department recently found the emerald...
Dicamba complaints continue despite federal, state efforts
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — For the third straight year, a volatile pesticide is damaging crops across the Midwest and South, despite federal and state efforts to lessen the drift.
Invasive weed confirmed in North Dakota’s Grant County
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Agriculture officials say an invasive weed has been confirmed in Grant County in western North Dakota.
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture said Thursday that a...
Tree planted in honor of Elaine massacre victims cut down
ELAINE, Ark. (AP) — Officials are investigating after someone cut down a willow tree that was planted to honor the victims of the 1919 Elaine massacre in eastern Arkansas.
Wags and weeds: Invasive plants meet match in detection dogs
TUXEDO, N.Y. (AP) — In brushy terrain where a botanical interloper evades detection by the human eye, count on Dia to sniff it out.
Dia is a spunky Labrador retriever trained to track down a...
Coffee growers help reforest Mozambique’s Mount Gorongosa
MOUNT GORONGOSA, Mozambique (AP) — A wiry woman, Querida Barequinha intently sorts through the coffee beans laid out on racks to dry in the sun, plucking out any that are cracked or...
Massive juniper tree-cutting project aims to aid sage grouse
MURPHY, Idaho (AP) — The largest-ever project in the U.S. to remove thousands of juniper trees to help imperiled sage grouse has started in Idaho.
Sierra visitors cautioned about irritating ‘poodle-dog bush’
PORTERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Visitors to Sequoia National Forest in the southern Sierra Nevada area are being cautioned about the growth of a native plant that can cause severe irritation similar to...
Knowing when to prune is as vital as knowing how
Pruning is one of the most fundamental tasks in gardening, and knowing when to trim is as essential as knowing how.
Pruning woody plants at the wrong time can interrupt bloom cycles and...
Paul Simon plants a tree at Hawaii forest preserve on Maui
KULA, Hawaii (AP) — Musician Paul Simon joined environmentalists trying to reinvigorate a Hawaii forest on Maui and planted a tree during a ceremony, a report said.
Ash tree killer confirmed in 3 more Iowa counties
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State agricultural officials say an insect that's killed millions of ash trees has been confirmed in three more Iowa counties, bring the total to 69 counties.
Florida’s iconic palm trees threatened by invasive disease
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's iconic palm trees are under attack from a fatal disease that turns them to dried crisps in months, with no chance for recovery once they become ill.
Indians plant 220 million trees in single day
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — More than a million Indians have planted 220 million trees in a single day in a government campaign to tackle climate change and improve the environment in the country's most...
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont city's plan to save some of the ash trees after the invasive emerald ash borer was found in the state is more than halfway done.
Climbing fern, thought gone, rediscovered in Vermont
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A type of fern that was thought to have disappeared from Vermont in the last century has been rediscovered along a powerline in the northeast corner of the state.
Houseplants are a quick and easy way to dress your home in autumnal color.
Anthuriums can add hues of pink, red or white. The philodendron's cascading, heart-shaped green leaves bring a...
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If mosquitoes, gnats, black flies and no-see-ums are driving you buggy, then consider cozying up to some lavender, marigolds or basil. Scientists question their overall effectiveness, but many...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the U.S. government's decision to reopen a large swath of southern Utah's badlands to off-road vehicles.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Salvage logging of moth-killed Douglas fir and grand fir trees followed by replanting with a mix of species will improve the overall health and increase profitability of a...
NEW YORK (AP) — Through flowers, foliage and works of art, a big botanical garden show distills the genius of influential Brazilian artist and landscape designer Roberto Burle Marx.
Topiary is the art of growing trees and shrubs as living sculptures — cubes, spheres, obelisks, animal shapes or combinations of these.
The tradition has flourished in various places at...
KIRKWOOD, N.Y. (AP) — A Canadian cannabis company has started converting a former vacuum cleaner plant in upstate New York into its first U.S. processing facility for industrial hemp.
Ethiopia plants more than 200 million trees in 1 day
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians planted more than 200 million trees on Monday, which officials stated will be a world record. The ambitious initiative of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed aims to...
Cleveland zoo awaits bloom of smelly corpse flower
CLEVELAND (AP) — A zoo in Cleveland is awaiting the odiferous bloom of what's known as the corpse flower for just the fourth time in the last 25 years.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five trees planted in New Mexico from seeds taken to the moon during the Apollo 14 mission and given to the state by NASA have all died or been forgotten, according to...
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health and environment officials are recommending alternative ways for municipal water operators to treat toxic blue-green algal blooms that have troubled state lakes...
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A plant pathogen that causes the tree-killing disease known as sudden oak death has been found in Missouri.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Missouri Department...
OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — For more than a decade, an iboga tree grew inside The Conservatory at Miami University's Hamilton campus.
The iboga tree is skinny, short — more like a shrub — and grows...
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Mexico is bringing to El Salvador a tree-planting program that aims to support rural residents and ease economic pressures driving thousands of people to leave for...
REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio (AP) — A plant pathogen that causes the tree-killing disease known as sudden oak death has been found in Ohio.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Agriculture say the...
Gardeners, let’s praise the hoe
Hopefully, I've caught you in time, before your weeds have grown lusty. I want you to consider the much maligned hoe.
Wait! Don't stop reading. I know hoeing is the activity that (perhaps...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is warning homeowners about rhododendron plants infected with a pathogen that can kill a number of different plants, shrubs and...
Sumatran plant opens another stinky flower
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Lauritzen Gardens says the putrid stench emanating from its Omaha grounds is coming from another bloom of a Sumatran plant.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia is trying to protect its longest river by launching a new program to plant 900 acres of trees, shrubs and other vegetation along waterways.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The numbers are in on the count of Venus Flytraps in North Carolina and South Carolina.
From May to July, the North Carolina's Natural Heritage Program counted the...
It takes just a twist of the wrist to determine when pears are ready to come off the tree.
For plums and peaches, flesh firmness is a good way to verify maturity.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A plant pathogen that causes an invasive tree-killing disease has been found in Illinois.
The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the pathogen that causes sudden...
VELVA, N.D. (AP) — "It's a wonderful, wonderful blessing for the food pantry."
That was the response from Sharyl Roth, of Minot, when asked about a unique gardening project north of here....
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Researchers say toxin producing algae have formed in northern Ohio's Sandusky Bay and are migrating into Lake Erie near Cedar Point, a signal the lake's western basin could see...
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas agricultural officials are considering a quarantine to slow the spread of an invasive plant that's threatening the state's native grasses.
Marijuana is having a moment. Experts recently dubbed cannabis the fastest-growing industry in the U.S. Legal weed generated $10.4 billion in the United States in 2018, and the number of...
All-green woodland gardens can provide serenity
All-green gardens are becoming popular again as the centerpieces of monochromatic landscaping. The designs are appealing and restive, driven as they are by massed ferns, moss, leaves, bark,...
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York officials say statewide efforts to control a giant invasive plant with toxic sap are making headway.
The Department of Environmental Conservation's Giant Hogweed...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is projecting a 1,200% increase in hemp farming acreage, as the state looks to join in on the booming market with others in the region.
Authorities seize 20 tons of cannabis in 4-day raid
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities have seized 20 tons (18 metric tons) of illegal cannabis in a raid that took four days complete following a two-month investigation.