Bruce Chladny

Investigate charges, services by lawn care providers
January 12, 2006
Although the lawn is dormant and the landscape is far from needing attention, now is the time to begin thinking about a lawn care professional for the coming year. For the next several weeks, contractors will be renewing their accounts and making bids to find new customers.
Master Gardeners sow knowledge in community
January 5, 2006
Gardeners come from all walks of life and have a wide range of backgrounds, skills and experiences. But some gardeners possess two traits that make them excellent candidates for becoming Extension Master Gardener volunteers: a passion for learning and a desire to share knowledge with others. As we turn the corner on 2006, it is once again time to recruit and train another class of EMG volunteers.
New Year’s perfect time to set gardening goals
December 29, 2005
With the new year comes a new beginning, a chance to start over, try something new or different. As you make plans for the next 12 months, try setting gardening goals in addition to making New Year’s resolutions. Goals can be worked on throughout the year and checked off as they’re accomplished. Once completed, reward yourself with a small celebration.
These plants will liven up your landscape
December 22, 2005
Presents are still wrapped beneath the tree, and Santa has yet to spread his holiday cheer. But soon, gardeners’ mailboxes all around town will be filling with seed catalogs and beautiful photos of what is to come next season. As you sort the mail and dream of lively, greener gardens, here are a few plants you may wish to include in your landscape next season. Called Pride of Kansas Plants, these 2006 winners have proven to perform well here in our harsh, unpredictable Kansas climate.
Landscape plants will suffer in cold weather
December 15, 2005
I’m not alone when I ask: “What happened?” I’m referring, of course, to the minus 15-degree temperatures of a few nights ago.
Poinsettia, Norfolk Island pine festive for holidays
December 8, 2005
Now that the flag has officially dropped on the Christmas season, the next several weeks will be packed full of family gatherings, office parties and other seasonal events.
Cozy up by the fire with the most effective woods to burn
December 1, 2005
As Old Man Winter turns on the cold, many of us crank up the heat to stay warm. But with the threat of high heating bills, homeowners are trying to find other ways of heating their homes this winter. Once a thing of the past, woodburning stoves, fireplaces and heat boxes are becoming a popular means of heating the home and not draining the wallet.
Mulching part of winterizing garden
November 17, 2005
The near-record temperatures last week and gusty breezes that continue to blow many of the fallen leaves around this weekend, followed by icy rain with the chance of snow, remind us that the only thing predictable about November weather is that it is unpredictable. And with many fall gardening chores needing to be completed before Old Man Winter arrives, avid gardeners are hurrying to prepare for the oncoming cold weather. Here are a few suggestions and tips to help you put your flower beds and vegetable gardens to bed for a long winter’s nap:
Seize the (warm) day for late garden tending
November 10, 2005
The calendar shows it’s November, but the weather is more like May. With this in mind, there is still time to complete several tasks in the garden. Before the winter chill sets in and we are locked indoors for the next five months, take time to put the finishing touches on the lawn and garden in preparation for winter.
Falling pine needles on the increase
November 3, 2005
The fall is a natural time for change. Green leaves turn to golden hues of yellow, orange and red. Flowers fade to dark green mounds of mush as the killing frost deals the final blow. But pine trees are supposed to be immune to this transition.
Take good care of your personal Great Pumpkin
October 27, 2005
The night was cool, the air was thick - Linus was waiting patiently in the pumpkin patch, for at the stroke of midnight, up from the ground would rise the “Great Pumpkin.” Those who remember this childhood classic know that Linus never did find the Great Pumpkin.
Watch out for yellow jackets, bees in the fall
October 20, 2005
The mild fall temperatures continue to be great for outdoor barbecues, but family and friends are not the only guests gathering at the picnic table. Also coming to dinner are yellow jacket wasps and honeybees. In search of a late-season meal, these invaders can be bothersome, to say the least. So take care to inspect your food and drink before every bite, or you may wind up with more than a mouthful.
Insects prey on branches
October 13, 2005
Trees are a major part of any landscape. But when tips of branches come falling from the sky, gardeners can become alarmed.
The best cure for this pest nuisance: Turn off the porch light
October 6, 2005
Many times, people try to escape the bright lights and big city by taking a relaxing trip to the country. However, in the bug world, this trip has been turned around. A well-known pest in soybean fields is starting to show up around homes, drawn to the bright lights of the big city.
Plants need special care when moved indoors
September 29, 2005
Fresh air and long days are just two of the many joys of summer. Because of them, many gardeners like to move their houseplants outdoors during the summer months. However, now that the temperatures are beginning to fall and the days are getting shorter, it is time to move them back indoors for a long winter rest. Here are some tips to help you and your plants make the transition to their new winter home.