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Selecting the right tree or shrub for you landscape

Adding a new tree or shrub to your landscape can be very exciting, but the sheer number of options available can make it a little daunting to choose the right one. To help you begin the process, let’s start by talking about factors you should consider before you buy your next tree or shrub.

Why do you want a tree or shrub?

Rather than choosing a tree that you want and then trying to make it fit in your landscape, think fist about what you want from the tree. Then choose one that fulfills those criteria.

Decide if you want a deciduous tree for shade or an evergreen for wind protection and winter interest. Do you want a flowering tree or one that offers nice fall colors? What size is the space where you are considering planting the tree? Are there utility lines, outbuilding, sidewalks or driveways nearby that need to considered?

Considering these factors first will help you to choose a tree that will meet these criteria and be the best fit for you vision and your space.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone

Start with species that are adapted to your climate. Refer to the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map to see what your zone is where you live. Here in Goshen County, although the map says parts of the county are zone 5, I recommend not planting anything that isn’t at least zone 4. Meaning a plant that can survive extreme low temperatures of -25 degrees F.

Visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for more information. Continue reading Selecting the right tree or shrub for you landscape

UW Extension

UW Extension suspends in-person events through March 31

The University of Wyoming Extension has suspended all in-person events through March 31st due to coronavirus concerns. This includes all Goshen County 4-H functions like the 4-H Fun Day Expo scheduled for March 21st, all Cent$ible Nutrition classes, as well as other Extension programs including the pesticide applicator training scheduled for March 18th.

At this time, the Goshen County Extension Office will remain open Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm. Those needing to obtain a pesticide applicator license or a renewal of their existing license can stop by the Extension Office to either obtain a take-home test or to take the online test. Please contact the Extension Office at (307) 532-2436 or visit uwyoextension.org/psep/private-applicators/licensing/ for more information.

The Master Gardener’s Berrylicious Spring Garden Conference 2020 scheduled for March 28th has been postponed.

“We are an important resource for the communities we serve,” said Kelly Crane, UW Extension Director. “I hope UW Extension offices can continue to provide this critical support to Wyoming communities.” Continue reading UW Extension suspends in-person events through March 31

Strawberries

Berrylicious Spring Garden Conference & Giant Pumpkin Kickoff to be held March 28th in Torrington

The Goshen County Master Gardeners will host the  Berrylicious Spring Garden Conference 2020 in Torrington, WY on Saturday, March 28th at the Goshen County 4-H Building on the Goshen County  Fair Grounds.

The Conference starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs to 2:00 p.m.  There will be four speakers talking on various subjects related to the Conference theme of ‘Growing Berries in Wyoming’.

Did you know that pumpkins are berries? What better way to celebrate that then to talk all about growing giant pumpkins! Andy Corbin from Cheyenne is the current Wyoming Giant Pumpkin Record Holder with his 1,491-pound pumpkin last year. He will talk about all the ins and outs of the world of giant pumpkins. Free seeds will also be available. Andy’s presentation will also mark the Kickoff to the Goshen County Master Gardener’s Annual Giant Pumpkin Contest which will be held October 3, 2020.  Better get your seeds early for a chance to win! Continue reading Berrylicious Spring Garden Conference & Giant Pumpkin Kickoff to be held March 28th in Torrington

Goshen County Master Gardeners host spring tree sale

Have you been looking for a new tree or shrub to add to your landscape? One that will really stand out in your neighborhood? Then don’t miss the Goshen County Master Gardener Tree Sale! The club is taking orders now for May delivery.

Add a nice conversation piece by planting a ginkgo tree or a chinquapin oak. Or add some color with a black chokeberry, golden current or purple lilac. Several nice shade trees are available, as well as the hardy ponderosa pine or majestic blue spruce. Fruit trees are also available including both apple and cherry varieties well suited to Wyoming.

The brochure is available for download: 2020 tree sale brochure

Prices, size, and descriptions are included in the brochure. Orders are due to the Extension Office by March 31st, and payment is due at the time of order. Continue reading Goshen County Master Gardeners host spring tree sale

2019 High Plains Crop Convention

Torrington High Plains Crop Convention theme resilience on farms, rural families

Increasing resilience on farms and in farm families is the focus of the 2019 High Plains Crop Convention Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 25-26, in Torrington.

Ted Matthews, director of Minnesota Rural Mental Health, will provide his rural mental health support training Monday. He has been working with farm families for two decades.

“This training is for people who work with farm and ranch families on a regular basis to help them recognize and respond when they see farmers experiencing stress, anxiety, depression and other challenges,” said Caleb Carter, University of Wyoming Extension educator in Goshen County. Cost for the training is $75 and includes lunch. The training is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Goshen County 4-H Building.

The conference continues all day Tuesday at the Rendezvous Center on the Goshen County Fairgrounds and begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a keynote address at 9 a.m. by Matthews discussing the realities of stress, anxiety and depression in agriculture.

Carter said Matthews will be available for free one-on-one counseling sessions during the convention. Continue reading Torrington High Plains Crop Convention theme resilience on farms, rural families

Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab

Goshen County Master Gardeners open a plant and pest diagnostic clinic

Do you have questions about your lawn, garden, trees, or shrubs? Or maybe an insect you found in the basement or other nuisance critters? Then come on out to the Goshen County Extension Office and get your questions answered by a Goshen County Master Gardener!

The Goshen County Master Gardeners are operating a free Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic where they will answer your tough questions about everything from that spot on your tomato to browning needles on your pine tree. Or maybe the strange bug you found on your walk yesterday, or in the garden?

The Goshen County Master Gardener Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic is open Tuesdays from 1 –  3 pm; and for those who need to stop by after work, the clinic is also open on Tuesdays from 5 – 7 pm. No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome! You can also call to talk with a Master Gardener during clinic hours by calling the Extension Office at (307) 532-2436; or send an email to goshencountyppdc@gmail.com.

For your questions and concerns, bring in a sample of the plant, insect or other pest if possible as it helps immensely to correctly diagnose the problem and provide options for control. Pictures of the problem are also helpful, including the surroundings where the plant is located or the bug was found, etc.

For more information call the Extension Office at (307) 532-2436 or check out the lab and other helpful resources online at bit.ly/goshencountyppdc.