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Lawn & Garden

Late winter is the time to prune fruit trees and plan for starting seeds for the garden.  Check out these simple resource that can help!  

Pruning Fruit Trees

• Pruning the Orchard: tinyurl.com/pruningtools
• How to Prune Peach Trees: tinyurl.com/peachtreepruning
• How to Prune Apple Trees: tinyurl.com/pruningappletrees
• How to Select Pruning Tools: tinyurl.com/pruningtheorchard

Seed Starting Charts

K-State Research and Extension has the resources to help you grow your plants in the diverse and challenging Kansas climate


Do you have a specific problem?

Our office is ready to help. You may bring in soil (for soil testing), turf, tree, weed, and insect samples to our offices for evaluation. Suggested treatments or solutions will be provided by Central Kansas District horticulture agent Jason Graves.

If you bring a plant sample, please bring a representative sample of the plant, preferably with several leaves on a branch or stem, including flowers, fruit, or other distinguishing characteristics. For lawn samples, bring in a 3" diameter core, including roots.

Pictures are very helpful in diagnosing plant problems.  Bring pictures in with the sample or email pictures to jlgraves@ksu.edu.  Multiple pictures are needed:  close ups of the specific problem, a picture of the entire plant and if possible a picture of the environment around the plant itself.

Commonly asked for resources:

Poison Ivy id help

Vegetables Publications

Tree Publications

Lawn Publications

Fruit Publications

Learn More

You may have heard of our Master Gardeners program or horticultural research and extension centers in Olathe, and  Haysville,

Find out what else you can learn from us by checking out our vast publications library.

Visit the KSU Horticulture Information Center for access to all resources!


Jason Graves
Horticulture Agent
Phone: 785-309-5850


Native plants and pollinators:  March 24th, 2020 at 6:30 pm in Minneapolis KS at the Courthouse meeting room (downstairs).  Reserve a chair for this training here.

Tree and Shrub Care 101:  Managing your Plant Investments (Salina Public Library Class) March 31 6-7:30 pm, sign-up here https://salina.coursestorm.com/course/tree-shrub-care-101-managing-your-plant-investments 

Master Gardener Garden Tour:  June 7th, 2020 11am-5pm


Pruning Fruit Trees

Seed Starting Charts

Landscape Evergreens for Kansas (updated)

Spray schedule for apple trees (updated)

Spray schedule for peach trees (updated)

Fruit spray products and info (updated)

How to plant a tree

Top 10 Tree Planting Mistakes

Vegetable Garden Planting Guide

Recommended Vegetable Varieties

Composting Made Easy

Waterwise plant list (trees and more) for Central Kansas

How to take a soil sample

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden