Preparing for Fall and Winter in the Garden

As the season begins to cool and the garden starts to lose its luster, there are still things to do before the snow falls.  For a list of things that can be accomplished for the garden this fall and winter, see the link below.

The Alaska Fall and Winter To-Do-List

Spruce Needle Aphid

Across the southern Kenai Peninsula many trees both young and old are becoming infested with a pest new to our area, the Spruce Needle Aphid, Elatobium abietinum.

Found in coastal communities, you can see the damage to trees of all ages by the browning and dropping of the needles from the trunk outward. Early inspection is ideal since these pest feed on the needles as early as February or March.  (click here for more info)

Soil Testing

Understanding what nutrients are available in your soil for your plants is needed in order to supply your garden with the building blocks to promote healthy and vigorous growth.  Taking a soil sample and analyzing a soil test is the only way to know what nutrients are in your soil and how much fertilizer to apply to your garden.  Review the documents below for more information on taking a soil sample, testing, and interpreting your results.

Factors to Consider in Selecting a Soil Testing Lab

Soil Sampling

Soil Test Interpretation

Back to Top