OSU extension websites provide valuable toolkits for all things gardening

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

Media contact: Trisha Gedon | Communications Specialist | 405-744-3625 | [email protected]

For more than a century, Oklahoma State University Extension has provided research-based information on a wide variety of topics to residents of Oklahoma and beyond. Today’s technology allows quick access to this valuable information in a digital format.

With preparations for the current gardening season, three new websites have been developed which relate to residential landscape and gardening, residential lawn care and pond management. Additionally, the Oklahoma Proven and Oklahoma Gardening websites have been fully updated, with beautiful color photos and the latest research-based information.

Home Landscape and gardening

This site has a frequently asked questions section covering fruits, houseplants, ornamentals and trees, lawns and vegetables. David Hillock, OSU Extension consumer horticulturist, answers many questions. Hillock also writes a weekly gardening column which is featured on this site. GROW – A series of gardening chronicles covering hot topics for every season of the year. There are weekly columns for 2020, 2021 and 2022. A new column is added every week.

Home lawn care

A homeowner’s lawn is one of the first things people see. The lawn care tips offered on this site will help get any lawn in the neighborhood talking – in a good way. This new website provides consumer information on topics such as lawn and garden irrigation, lawn and turf, and lawn and garden insects, pests and diseases. There is also a link to the OSU extension fact sheets organized by topic.

Basin management

Did you know that with more than 316,000 ponds, Oklahoma ranks first in the nation in number of ponds per square mile and second in number of ponds? A pond can add visual interest and value to a property; however, it may require a great deal of informed care and management. Depending on the landowner’s goals, the pond may be used for fishing, aesthetics, livestock watering, or perhaps all three. OSU’s Pond Management Program can help landowners avoid problems and protect pond investments. This website describes the benefits of ponds and offers a variety of pond management topics, including aquatic plants, fish in ponds, a calendar of land and pond management practices and more.

Proven in Oklahoma

Oklahoma Proven is a plant evaluation and marketing program that began in 1999 and continues today. Each year, an annual, perennial, tree, and shrub are selected as Oklahoma Proven plants because they have been proven to tolerate Oklahoma’s harsh growing conditions. The site features colorful photos of each year’s selections dating back to 1999, along with descriptions of the plants and care requirements. Site users can quickly browse plant profiles by category or breeding year. There is also a link to the Oklahoma Proven Fact Sheet and the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

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Do you have a question about growing tomatoes? Do you need gardening tips or want to learn more about Oklahoma’s public gardens and horticultural attractions? This recently updated site has it all. Meet show host Casey Hentges and the rest of the production team responsible for setting up each weekly show. OSU Agriculture’s Oklahoma Gardening program is the longest-running gardening show on television and airs every Saturday morning at 11 a.m. and Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. on local channels OETA-TV (PBS) at across the state.

There is so much information available online and these new and updated websites bring together the best research-based information in a quick and convenient format.

USO extension uses research-based insights to help all Oklahomans address local issues and concerns, promote leadership, and manage resources wisely across the state’s 77 counties. Most information is available at little or no cost.

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