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Katherine Montague and Delores Allen checking a garden.

Lakota Homes Garden Produces Fresh Vegetables & Grows Community

December 18, 2018

This year Katherine Montague's garden didn't produce much. "The radishes didn't like the heat and the watermelons didn't like the soil," Montague explains. But, that didn't keep the 57-year-old Lakota Homes resident from eating fresh vegetables.

Community Garden, Garden & Yard Issues, Fruit, Vegetable

screened image of South Dakota State University campus with News text

Dandelion Season is Nearly Here

December 18, 2018

Although current weather conditions have detained them, the yellow flowers of spring are beginning to emerge.

Garden & Yard Issues, Lawn

A cluster of yellow flowers with a large patch of green, wilting flowers on the right.

Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

Before the snow falls, a few tasks can help make for a healthier yard and garden next year.

Garden & Yard Issues, Plant, Fruit, Shrub, Flower, Trees

wasps building a nest on the shutter of a house

Where Did These Wasps Come From?

Wasps receive attention no matter the time of year, but they are especially noticeable in late summer and early fall. Wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps have annual nests, so the majority of the individuals that are active now will not survive the winter. Only the newly produced queens will find a sheltered location to overwinter and begin a new colony in the spring.

Pollinators, Garden & Yard Issues

A lawn with large patches of yellow and brown grass.

Dealing with Drought Stressed Lawns

Drought is a common concern across the region this summer affecting landscapes in many ways, but probably most noticeably in its impact on lawns.

Lawn, Garden & Yard Issues

A medium-sized shrub with many upright stems next to a white shed

Woody Weeds: Tatarian Honeysuckle

Tatarian honeysuckle (Lonicera tatarica) was brought to North America from Asia in the mid-18th century for ornamental uses. In South Dakota it was also used as a windbreak species until the 1980s.

Garden & Yard Issues, Shrub

Two side-by-side grape diseases. Left: Black Rot. Right: Downy Mildew.

Black Rot & Downy Mildew: Two diseases that can rot grapes

There are several different diseases that can infect the fruit, but two of the most common are black rot and downy mildew. Their symptoms are quite different.

Fruit, Garden & Yard Issues

A tree with leaves containing small specks expanding to larger blotches.

Leaf Blotches On Trees

I am receiving pictures and samples of basswood and linden leaves. This is a common occurrence at this time of year, and there are several possible reasons for the discoloration and premature falling of these leaves.

Trees, Garden & Yard Issues