Bethlehem Press

Monday, July 16, 2018

Growing Green: Keep Pa. waters clean

Friday, June 1, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Pennsylvania is blessed with ample water resources, second only to Alaska in the number of stream miles in one state.

While water seems so abundant, clean water is not.

Our devotion to landscaped lawns, lovely gardens and beautiful properties, as well the region’s farming and agriculture, can have a substantial impact on the health of our streams and rivers. Stormwater has become a major pollutant in Pennsylvania.

Growing Green: light-bulb moments

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

When you hear the word “bulb,” what is the first flower you think of: tulip, daffodil, crocus, snowdrop or other fall-planted bulb?

Can you name your favorite summer bulb? These include begonia, caladium, canna, dahlias, gladiola, lilies of many varieties, oxalis, and many more.

Bulbs is a term used loosely to include corms, tubers, tuberous roots, rhizomes, and true bulbs. Bulbs are grouped broadly into spring-flowering (January through May) and summer-flowering (June through September) plants.

Growing Green: Tree trunk frost cracks

Thursday, February 15, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Cracks and splits in tree trunks are fairly common and may occur for various reasons, but are usually not a significant threat to the tree.

Usually there’s not much you can do about them once they occur. Tree-trunk cracks and splits, however, occasionally signal a serious problem that may eventually kill the tree.

One of the most common reasons for cracks and splits on tree trunks is frost cracks, which occur during cold winter weather.

Here’s how you can help prevent the spread of spotted lanternfly

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

The spotted lanternfly is an invasive sap-feeding planthopper, first discovered in the United States in Berks County in 2014. Field observations indicate that the tree of heaven, Ailanthus altissima, is an important host plant.

However, the spotted lanternfly is known to feed on a wide range of hosts, including wild and cultivated grapes, stone fruits, willow, and various hardwoods. This species is thought to be native to China, and has spread to other Asian countries.

Growing Green: Christmas trees

Friday, November 10, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Thinking about purchasing and planting a live Christmas tree this holiday season? Considering that you want to create a family adventure you will all remember and add a significant item to your landscape that will last for years, it is not too early to start planning now.

First, review your property and decide where you want to plant your tree. Think carefully about the size of the mature tree (height and width), the rate of growth, color, texture, and adequate drainage and sunlight.

Growing Green: autumn garden

Friday, October 13, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

When the last golden raspberry is eaten from the stalk, the pumpkin and gourd vines have dried and their fruit harvested, and the autumnal equinox has been reached, it is time to consider what should be done to prepare for a “better” garden next year. The winter solstice and next year’s garden seed catalogs, which perennially follow, can wait. Now is preparation time.

Growing Green: pumpkins and mums

Friday, September 15, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Fall is the season for pumpkins and chrysanthemums!

Halloween pumpkins are generally harvested in September through October. The first frost typically occurs in early to mid-October when the pumpkin fruits are still curing outside in the fields. The growers in pick-your-own pumpkin operations use this method to ensure that pumpkins are well cured in the field before picked up by their customers.