Articles written by Sandy Perrin

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  • How to tell if your trees are healthy

    Sandy Perrin, Missoula County Extension Office|Sep 14, 2023

    In the fall people worry that their pine, spruce, cedar (conifer) trees are diseased or infested with insects. The symptoms that are described on their trees include yellowing and dropping of older needles. In fact, most callers stress that only the tips of branches are still green, while on the insides of branches, needles are browning and dropping to the ground. Fortunately, what they are seeing are not disease or insect pests. The good news is that fall drop of older needles is normal. Pines...

  • Getting started in the garden

    Sandy Perrin and Kelly Moore, Missoula County Plant Specialist and Missoula County MSU Extension|Mar 25, 2021

    To the right is a picture of my garden on March 1! It's not looking very promising right now! But by month's end, we will see the beginnings of this summer's garden. Late March – early April is the month when gardening starts in earnest in the colder northern climates. Keep in mind that last frost dates are everything in early spring planting. To plant at the correct time, you have to know when your last frost date is and then you count backward from there to get your March Planting Dates. T...