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Lawn and Garden

The Frontier District Extension offices are your front doors to the resources of Kansas State University. Through our offices (Garnett, Lyndon or Ottawa), you can obtain information on trees, turf, shrubs, insects, gardens, and other related topics. We also provide services such as insect identification, plant identification, and soil tests with fertilizer recommendations.

Frontier Extension District Master Gardener Training

The Frontier Extension District is currently taking applications for Master Gardener Training.  You can find a brochure and the application on the Master Gardener section of the Lawn and Garden page.

Seasonal Needle Drop

Seasonal Needle Drop Image

We are seeing very noticeable natural needle drop on some evergreens such as arborvitae, pines and spruce. This is a process where 2- to 4-year-old interior needles turn yellow, then brown, and eventually drop off. Those who aren't familiar with this process often are concerned about the health of the tree. This natural phenomenon occurs every year and does not hurt the tree. However, some years it is much more noticeable than others. Be sure to check that only the older needles are affected -- the needles on the branch tips should look fine -- and that there is no spotting or banding on the needles that are turning yellow. If spotting or banding is noted, take a sample to your local county extension office for diagnosis.

Upcoming Horticulture Meetings and Events

2019 Master Gardener Training Dates - 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/16, 3/2, 3/16 


Crops Meetings and Events

Livestock Meetings and Events

KOFO Radio Segments

Bush Honeysuckle

Planting Trees

Overseeding Lawns

Bagworms - Life Cycle, Damage & Control

Crabgrass Preventer Applications

Tips for Handling your Valentine's Day Roses

Poinsettia Care Following Christmas

Choosing the Right De-Icers

Selecting a Poinsettia

Watering Perennial Plants in Fall and Winter


Mole Control


The local beekeeping group is the Golden Prairie Beekeepers Association.  This group meets the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Garnett County Extension Office, 411 S. Oak, Garnett, KS.  For more information, you can contact Marlin McGowin at 785-433-1381 or the Facebook page - Golden Prairie Beekeepers Association.

The Northeastern Kansas Beekeepers' Association (NEKBA) accepts membership to anyone who is interested in bees or bee culture.  Dues are $15.00 per calendar year (12/31-12/31) for the first in the family joining.  Those joining in July or later in the year may pay $7.50 for the half year.  Additional members of that family wanting voting privileges shall be assessed dues at $1.00 per year.  Youth memberships (18 and younger) are $7.50 per year.  Visit their website at NEKBA.org


Past Lawn & Garden Meetings and Events

Building a Habitat for Monarch Butterflies - 3/8/18

Managing Moles in Your Yard - 4/6 & 4/7/18

Cool Season Lawn Care at Lyndon Library - 9/17/18

Cool Season Lawn Care at Ottawa Library - 9/20/18

Mole Trap Demo1Mole Trap Demo2


Ryan Schaub
District Extension Agent