Bruce Chladny

Readers pose perplexing produce question: Vegetable or fruit?
May 10, 2007
Is it a fruit, or is it a vegetable? This is not an uncommon question and comes up in conversation with children at the dinner table or with grocers in the produce department. Tomatoes are usually the source of the debate.
For termite control, call a professional
May 3, 2007
As warm days heat the ground and rain increases soil moisture, termites are spreading their wings and taking flight to find a new home. Oftentimes, the winged reproductives are the only evidence of the attacking colony.
Extension agent to take on new job, location
April 23, 2007
After eight years as Douglas County’s horticulture agent, Bruce Chladny is ready to tackle a new challenge.
When ants invade, follow them home
April 19, 2007
Most of our homes are safe, warm and just perfect for raising a family. And with the rainy cold weather of recent days, many insect pests have come to realize this as well. As we move into the nicer days of spring, ants are becoming a problem.
Damage to plants still unpredictable
April 12, 2007
For years, meteorologists have reported the average high and low temperatures, normal rainfall amounts and other statistics for any given day. But, just once, I would like to experience a “normal” season in Kansas.
Spring’s colorful weeds are beautiful to view but difficult to control
April 5, 2007
Purple, pink, yellow, and white … this is not a reference to the lilac, crabapple, forsythia or ornamental pear tree blossoms. Rather, it is a description of the color display seen right now in yards, gardens and flower beds.
Time treatments for yard
March 29, 2007
The noisy rumble of a lawn mower, the fresh look of a nicely cared-for yard: These are the signs that spring has arrived for our fields of green. Now that the days are warm and the sun is bright, many gardeners are tending to their yards and gardens.
Grub control should start in July
March 22, 2007
Many gardeners do not realize that sub-soil, there is a world teeming with life. Bacteria, fungi, insects and animals call the cool organic earth home. One such highly recognizable - yet misunderstood - insect is the grub.
Mixing tall fescue species still best bet
March 15, 2007
At some point in our lives, we have all been warned: “If it is too good to be true, then it probably is.” As discerning shoppers, we heed this warning when looking for a used car, dialing the phone to order from a late-night infomercial, or buying investment property in some other part of the country.
Warm up your body before tackling garden
March 8, 2007
With warming weather and brighter days, gardeners already are starting those early-season cleaning tasks - raking leaves, cleaning flower beds, moving stones and flower pots, and cleaning out the garden shed or garage.
Further pruning solves tree woes
March 1, 2007
Last week I wrote about the perils of topping trees. I discussed how it stresses the tree, causes decay, encourages long-term hazardous growth, can sunburn the fragile vascular system and creates an all-around ugly tree.
Tree topping adds, rather than reduces, hazards
February 22, 2007
Regular readers of this column know that it is not my style to preach or chastise individual gardening practices.
Temperatures guide best times to sow seeds
February 15, 2007
With this latest round of snow and ice, the last thing on most people’s minds is planting a garden. Although the soil is frozen solid, now is the time to begin thinking about what to plant.
Tree trimming, removal call for assistance from professional arborist
February 1, 2007
The snow and ice that was once a magnificent winter wonderland is little more than melting piles of dingy sand, salt and road grime. Not only was the recent storm miserable for driving, but it was hard on landscape trees and shrubs.
Twig girdler’ beetles likely culprit for littered yard
September 21, 2006
Visiting the garden on these cool mornings, I see branches littering the ground, usually under my favorite tree. Picking them up, I see the end of each limb is manicured like the end of a good pool stick, sans chalk, with a matchstick-like break in the center. So maybe, all that noise from the cicadas was a cover-up for squirrels with miniature chain saws or portable routers. The cuts letting the limb drop are just too circular and uniform to be anything else. Well, not so. The squirrels did not suddenly get that sophisticated, and there is no defoliation conspiracy at work.