Spruce Needle Rust
Are you finding masses of orange spores appearing on the needles of your spruce tree? If you are, your tree may have spruce needle rust. Please follow the link below to learn more about this fungus.
Mycologist Gary Laursen will lead mushroom identification workshops in Fairbanks July 27-29 and in Palmer Aug. 3-5. If you want to collect, identify, prepare and/or preserve wild edible mushrooms, this course is for you. The fee is $100 for the entire course or $20 for the Friday night lecture only. See details or register online for either workshop. For more information about the workshop in Fairbanks, call Extension at 474-1530, or in Palmer, 745-3360.
Spruce Bark Beetles : What you need to know
Spruce Bark Beetles are making an impact on spruce trees across the Kenai Peninsula. Click here in order to:
- learn what bark beetles are and how they damage trees.
- learn bark beetle groups in Alaska.
- learn signs and symptoms of bark beetle activity.
- learn potential bark beetle threats to Alaska.
- become familiar with the vocabulary of bark beetles.
For even more information, view Spruce Bark Beetles: Tree Management Options for Home and Woodlot Owners for Southcentral and Interior Alaska
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)
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.