We often receive inquiries from folks wanting to add landscape plants that will attract birds. Most folks primarily think of plants with edible berries. Birds require not only food such as fruits and seeds, but also shelter and water. Planting a variety of plants that offer these resources across the seasons will help attract more birds to the yard. Some native shrubs to consider include: Aronia (chokeberry) Callicarpa (beautyberry) Clethra (summersweet) Cornus (dogwood) Corylus (hazelnut) Ilex (winterberry) Lindera (spicebush) Rhus (sumac) Sambucus (elderberry) Symphoricarpos (snowberry and coralberry) Viburnum (several species) More information on attracting birds and other wildlife to your yard in Purdue Forestry & Natural Resources publication FNR-247-W.
The 2019 season provided challenges that were unexpected to the Green Industry, which included an abundance of rainfall followed by drought-like conditions, new invasive pests, concerns about glyphosate use, and many others. The Purdue Landscape Report focuses on timely articles that help Green Industry professionals make decisions for their business and keep abreast of looming issues. As we begin the 2020 season, we can take a look back at some of the top stories from 2019. Hopefully this season will be a little less challenging, but be sure we’ll be there with relevant, timely information in 2020. Thanks for following along! Boxwood Blight Found in Indiana https://www.purduelandscapereport.org/article/boxwood-blight-found-in-indiana/ Sudden Oak Death Found in Indiana https://www.purduelandscapereport.org/article/special-alert-sudden-oak-death/ Be on the Lookout for Defoliated Viburnums and Viburnum Leaf Beetle https://www.purduelandscapereport.org/article/be-on-the-lookout-for-defoliated-viburnums-and-viburnum-leaf-beetle/ Terrestrial invasive species rule signed by Indiana Governor https://www.purduelandscapereport.org/article/terrestrial-invasive-species-rule-signed-by-indiana-governor/ What nurseries need to know about the invasive species regulation[Read More…]
It’s not unusual for Indiana weather to have trouble deciding what season it is. Warm spells during the dormant period often lead to bulbs poking their foliage (and sometimes flower buds) through the soil. While we’re more used to seeing this happen during February warm spells, our frigid temperatures arrived a bit early in the Fall of 2019 followed by intermittent unseasonably mild weather. Indiana temperatures widely fluctuated in November and December, with the low temperature at the Purdue ACRE Farm (West Lafayette) of 25º F on November 7, 3º F on November 14, and 41º F on November 21! And the alternating pattern of below and above freezing continued through December. Correspondingly, soil temperatures also fluctuated from 63º on November 7, 36º on November 14, and 45º on November 27 at ACRE. There’s not much you can do about bulbs that have sprouted, but the good news is that[Read More…]
The cold snap on Nov. 11, 2019, could have lasting impacts on trees and shrubs.
Tree work can seem expensive just to have a tree pruned or remove, however the expertise and costs involved in these seemingly simple tasks are much more complex than most people would think.
Deicing salts can save your neck this winter, but they can spell disaster for landscape plants. Whether the salt is sprayed on the plants from passing traffic near the road or is shoveled onto plants near the sidewalk, the salt can cause damage. Salts can adversely affect plants in several ways. Salts deposited on the surface of twigs, branches and evergreen leaves can cause excessive drying of foliage and roots. They can be taken up by plants and accumulate to toxic levels. Sodium salts in particular can also cause a nutritional imbalance by changing the chemistry of the soil and harm soil structure. The most apparent damage is death of buds and twig tips as a result of salt spray. As the tips of the plants die, the plant responds by growing an excessive number of side branches. However, accumulation damage is more slowly manifested and may not be noticeable[Read More…]
Susan E. Yoder, Executive Director, Seed Your Future It’s an uneasy time in horticulture. Many in the industry are aging and retiring. Employers across the industry cannot find enough qualified candidates to fill their open positions. Certification programs, training programs, and college and university horticulture programs are not growing – and in many cases, declining. This issue is not simply about the strength of our industry, it is about the future of the planet. The crisis comes as we consider — who will take the reins and have the expertise to provide the technology, science, art and business acumen necessary to meet the rapidly increasing demand for ornamentals, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and herbs in our world? The answer is you. It’s you, and me, and other horticulture professionals, and frankly, everyone who already knows that the fate of our world lies in the next generation embracing the importance of plants[Read More…]
Just as sure as you try to predict the weather, it is likely to change. But going out on a limb, I predict that we will have a bit of a dud for fall color display this year. Not a very risky prediction, considering that many plants already are starting to turn color and/or drop leaves in some areas of the state. So why would the colors be early and/or a bit duller than usual? Certainly, some of the reason why plants display fall colors has to do with the genetic makeup of the plant. That doesn’t change from year to year. But the timing and intensity of fall colors do vary, depending on factors such as availability of soil moisture and plant nutrients, as well as environmental signals such as temperature, sunlight, length of day, and cool nighttime temperatures. The droughty conditions experienced during much of the second half[Read More…]
You are invited to attend this free educational opportunity on campus or via webinar to this event on October 23rd! If you are interested in attending in person, please contact Kyle Daniel at email@example.com for details. Title: The Changing Nursery Industry: How Will You Adapt? Date: Wednesday, October 23, 2:30-5:15 PM, EDT Moderator: Kyle Daniel Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3432994560801591051?source=college+and+ffa In this student- and young professional-focused webinar, you’ll hear from thought leaders like Kyle Daniel, Tom Buechel, Megan Abraham, and more! Learn how to better understand how to think and act progressively as a grower, how to find opportunity in pest and regulatory issues, how to navigate e-commerce shipping, and more. Join our experts as we dive into the many dynamics driving change throughout the nursery industry. You’ll hear from thought leaders like Goris Passchier, Tom Buechel, Megan Abraham, and more! Learn how to better understand how to think and[Read More…]
It seems like yesterday that we were worried if Mother Nature’s faucet would ever stop (some of you still have that thought in some parts of the state). Now, in many parts of the state, soil moisture is all but gone after a few heat waves passed through the Midwest, with many plants that are without irrigation are starting to show severe drought symptoms. Some areas have been lucky enough to receive timely rains over the last month, but a few miles down the road may not have received a drop. Too much and too little has seemingly become the norm around the Midwest over the last few years. These extremes are placing many plants under stress that make them more susceptible to insect and disease problems. It was predicted several years ago that the Midwest will experience more rainfall throughout the year, but there will be fewer rain events. [Read More…]