• Mowing season begins with the onset of spring weather

    What a treat today to see temperatures in the mid-sixties. Spring is arriving! With spring comes one of my favorite pastimes—mowing the yard. The spring-like temperatures and rain are making a big impact on our yards, and that first mowing of the year is approaching. Mowing grass is an important task and there are some points we should consider as we begin the mowing season.

  • Make wise use of tax refunds

    It’s that time of year when we get excited about our tax refunds. By responsibly using this one-time infusion of cash, you can improve your financial standing.

    You could wisely use your tax refund to add to your emergency savings account. Most of us do not have enough money saved in the event of job loss, sickness or another unexpected event that prevents us from working.

  • Farmers may have additional problems with weeds due to rainy start to year

    Extensive wet weather conditions during the past fall and winter have resulted in pasture fields that have bare soil and thin vegetative cover, particularly in areas that have been used for winter feeding.

    Fields with thin stands of desirable pasture species are more likely to contain winter annual weeds such as chickweed, henbit, purple deadnettle, and mustard species. As these cool-season weeds die back, warm-season weeds such as common cocklebur and common ragweed will likely emerge this summer and take their place.

  • Spring allergies cause suffering

    Spring is a time for renewal, but if you suffer from seasonal allergies this renewal can make this time of year miserable.

  • Tips for adding taxus to your landscaping

    Taxus, also known as a yew, is an evergreen shrub commonly found in landscapes. As spring begins to arrive and shrubs come out of dormancy, we may notice some issues. Let’s take a closer look at what could be wrong with the taxus…

    Numerous conditions can cause these shrubs to exhibit yellowing and browning symptoms. While diseases and insect pests can result in damage, Taxus troubles are often the result of adverse growing conditions. Think about the following questions to help you address an issue, followed by recommendations:

  • The essentials on essential oils

    By now, you’ve likely heard about essential oils, but may not be familiar with their benefits and risks. Essential oils are highly concentrated oils derived from plants. While used for centuries, their popularity has soared, especially among individuals looking for natural healing options.

  • Orientation set for shooting sports season

    Carroll County 4-H Shooting Sports orientation will be held at 6 6 p.m. Monday, March 11, at the Carroll County Extension office. A member must be nine years of age by Jan. 1 for all disciplines except for pistol where you must be 12 years old. This orientation is important so please put this date on your calendar and make plans to attend. Much paperwork will be completed at this meeting.

  • Free webinar series focuses on woodlands

    University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of free webinars, Getting to Know Your Woodlands: A Primer for Beginners, on five successive Thursday evenings in February and March. The goal of the web-based series is to empower woodland owners to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience and access to resources.

    All sessions will be held at the Carroll County Extension Office.

  • Tips for using a slow cooker

    Few things are better than coming home at the end of the day to a freshly prepared meal. Slow cookers can help us achieve that dream.

    While slow cookers may be synonymous with winter, you can use them any time of the year to safely prepare foods. In fact, using a slow cooker during the summer will help keep your home a little cooler as it keeps you from using a hot oven to prepare dinner.

  • February is Children’s Dental Health Month

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Having healthy teeth will help children chew food, speak clearly and be confident. Many parents do not know what type of dental care their child needs. You might know that preventing cavities is important, but not the best way to do so.

    Tips for a healthy mouth

    Here are some guidelines for starting good oral health habits: • Teach your child to brush his or her teeth at least two times a day and floss. Flossing gets out the food bits that get stuck between the teeth.