Rodd Moesel: Opportunities, challenges grow with summer gardening

Summer in the Oklahoma garden can be a challenge while battling summer heat, drought, insects and weeds. But there also are opportunities to find specials at the nursery, and some plants are at their finest in warm weather.
Published: July 20, 2013
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Take a sample of any pest or disease problem to your local nursery or garden center so it can be identified and you can get help in selecting the best solution or prescription to get the challenge under control.

Most problems can be addressed in several ways. Let your nurseryman know if you want an organic solution or are comfortable with an often quicker chemical solution. Another choice is to tolerate some crop losses and share your bounty with the insects.

This is also the time of year we battle weed presence in our flower beds and vegetable gardens. Your nurseryman can help you select the best product depending on whether you are trying to control broadleaf weeds or grasses and in what crop. You may use glyphosate or Poast or go organic with a vinegar solution. You can always pull the weeds by hand or mulch to reduce weed pressure.

Go shop for some plant bargains, get them planted and enjoy.

Rodd Moesel serves on the Oklahoma Horticulture Industrial Council and the Oklahoma State University agriculture dean's advisory committee. He is a former president of the Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers Association. Email garden and landscape questions to rmoesel@americanplant.com.

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