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Ray Ridlen

Ray Ridlen


Ray has been an educator with the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service for the past 20 years. In this capacity, Ray has served the people of Oklahoma in both the horticulture and agriculture fields. His long-time expertise in areas of gardening, landscaping, pest control, plant selection and plant maintenance has made him one of the best-known public figures of horticulture in this area. In addition, Ray is the advisor for the Oklahoma County Master Gardener program, which is the largest and most active program of its kind in the state. Ray is also heard on the “Gardening Show” on KTOK, where he makes a guest appearance quite frequently to help aid Oklahoma’s gardeners on a variety of topics.

Overseeding tall fescue lawns

By Ray Ridlen is a good maintenance practice, and this one step will do more to improve the quality of your lawn than almost anything else you can do. Overseeding lawns is really just spreadi


182 Articles:

OCT 6, 2014 —Transplanting shrubs

By Ray Ridlen As often happens in the home garden, some shrubs have to be moved to a new location for any variety of reasons. Careful attention to recommended practices (root pruning, methods of digging and root protection) will improve th [Read More]

SEP 22, 2014 —Voles in your garden

By Ray Ridlen You are sitting on your back porch and you see what looks like a small rat run from a tunnel under your steps, only to disappear into the mulch or vegetation of your garden. Its tail is shorter than a rat, and it looks more l [Read More]

SEP 8, 2014 —Tomato fungus

By Ray Ridlen Home vegetable growers sometimes have problems with fungal disease on their tomatoes. It is important to identify what kind of rot is affecting your tomatoes. If the rot appears at the blossom end of the fruit, it is possible you are deali [Read More]

SEP 8, 2014 —Gardening tips for September

By Ray Ridlen September gives us many nice days to work in the garden. Crops started in August may need cultivation. It may be time to harvest and store onions. If you have a fall garden started, you may be thinking how you [Read More]

AUG 25, 2014 —The lawn in August

By Ray Ridlen There is a tendency in late summer to ease up on maintaining the lawn. Some will be cutting back on mowing, watering, fertilizing and generally let their lawn go. While there may be reasons for cutting back on watering, your lawn [Read More]

JUL 28, 2014 —The graceful iris

By Ray Ridlen Irises are excellent perennials for the home gardener. These long lived plants require very little care and bloom when few other plants do after spring flowering bulbs and before phlox. There are virtually several thousand varietie [Read More]

JUL 14, 2014 —Garden tips for July

By Ray Ridlen July is a busy month for gardeners. Here are some suggestions for caring for your vegetables, fruit, landscape and lawn this month. Vegetables Maintain frequent, shallow cultivation. Keep an eye out for corn earworm, cucum [Read More]

JUN 30, 2014 —Maintaining the vegetable garden

By Ray Ridlen Perhaps by this time you have been enjoying some of the fruits of your vegetable garden. Onions, radishes, lettuce, perhaps even some strawberries have graced your table. Some of these crops are still [Read More]

JUN 2, 2014 —Composting for homeowners

By Ray Ridlen Compost is a natural dark brown humus-rich material formed from the decomposition of organic materials ranging from grass clippings to vegetable food scraps. It is an excellent soil amendment. It can loosen clay so [Read More]

MAY 19, 2014 —ABCs of fertilizer

MAY 5, 2014 —Growing tomatoes in the garden

APR 7, 2014 —Help for spring 'dead spot' in lawn

FEB 24, 2014 —Home preservation of pecans

FEB 10, 2014 —Garden tips for February

FEB 10, 2014 —Plant bulbs for early spring color

JAN 27, 2014 —Mole management presents a challenge for homeowners

JAN 13, 2014 —Winter weeds in the lawn

DEC 30, 2013 —Gardening tips for January

DEC 2, 2013 —Gardening tips for December

NOV 18, 2013 —Manure safety in the garden

OCT 21, 2013 —Mushrooms

OCT 7, 2013 —Home garden greenhouses

SEP 9, 2013 —Mementos not to bring back from vacation

AUG 26, 2013 —Birds help control insects

AUG 12, 2013 —Garden tips for August

JUL 29, 2013 —Selecting the right hoe for the job

JUL 15, 2013 —Garden tips for July

JUL 1, 2013 —Diagnosing plant problems

JUN 17, 2013 —Garden tips for June

JUN 3, 2013 —Garden tips for May

MAY 20, 2013 —May is a busy month for gardeners

MAY 6, 2013 —Onion care and handling

APR 29, 2013 —Fences, walls and boundaries

APR 22, 2013 —Container plants

APR 8, 2013 —Planting, caring for azaleas

APR 8, 2013 —Controlling lace bugs

MAR 25, 2013 —Automatic irrigation tips for lawn and landscape

FEB 25, 2013 —Tree care for February

FEB 11, 2013 —Starting seeds indoors

FEB 4, 2013 —Tune your landscape like an instrument

JAN 28, 2013 —Caring for damaged trees

JAN 21, 2013 —Prevent winter injury to plants

JAN 14, 2013 —Salt: A winter hazard for your plants

JAN 7, 2013 —The winter landscape

DEC 31, 2012 —Decorate a Christmas tree for the birds

DEC 24, 2012 —Managing deer in the landscape

DEC 17, 2012 —Garden tips for December

DEC 10, 2012 —History of poinsettias

DEC 3, 2012 —Gifts for gardeners

NOV 26, 2012 —Planting gardens under trees

NOV 19, 2012 —Garden tips for November

NOV 12, 2012 —Deciding when to replace a tree

OCT 29, 2012 —Fall color with flowers and foliage

OCT 15, 2012 —Inspect landscapes for beetle damage

OCT 8, 2012 —Garden tips for October

OCT 1, 2012 —Trees add value to a landscape

SEP 24, 2012 —Establishing a tall fescue lawn

SEP 10, 2012 —Horticulture tips for September

SEP 3, 2012 —Landscape planning for fall planting

AUG 27, 2012 —Landscapes and hot walls

AUG 20, 2012 —Insect tips for the garden

AUG 13, 2012 —August garden tips

AUG 6, 2012 —Planting around walnut trees

JUL 30, 2012 —Beetles

JUL 23, 2012 —Beneficial insects

JUL 16, 2012 —Summer lawn care

JUL 9, 2012 —Controlling rose rosette disease

JUL 2, 2012 —Controlling spider mites

JUN 25, 2012 —Powdery mildew of ornamentals

JUN 18, 2012 —June garden tips

JUN 11, 2012 —Control of poison ivy difficult

JUN 4, 2012 —Garden plants for kids to grow

MAY 28, 2012 —Caterpillars in trees

MAY 21, 2012 —Azaleas bring color to yards

MAY 14, 2012 —May gardening tips

MAY 7, 2012 —Selecting and planting shrubs

APR 30, 2012 —Tent caterpillar in attack mode

APR 16, 2012 —Control insects in the garden

APR 9, 2012 —April is National Lawn Care Month

MAR 26, 2012 —Keeping lawns 'weed free'

MAR 19, 2012 —Planting potatoes in the home garden

MAR 12, 2012 —March ideal time to augment soil

MAR 5, 2012 —Plan to plant strawberries

FEB 27, 2012 —Adding gypsum to clay-like soil offers little benefit

FEB 20, 2012 —Cole crops and planting cool-season vegetables

FEB 13, 2012 —Watering your lawn in the winter

FEB 6, 2012 —Gardening tips for February

JAN 30, 2012 —Growing vegetable transplants

JAN 23, 2012 —Time to prune

JAN 16, 2012 —Gophers, moles, and voles

JAN 9, 2012 —January gardening tips

JAN 2, 2012 —Landscape tree hazards

DEC 26, 2011 —Culinary herbs and edible flowers

DEC 19, 2011 —Horticulture tips for December

DEC 12, 2011 —Use windbreaks for winter savings

DEC 5, 2011 —Storing pesticides safely

NOV 28, 2011 —Landscapes for dogs

NOV 21, 2011 —Controlling venomous spiders

NOV 14, 2011 —Garden tips for November

OCT 31, 2011 —Diagnosing common pine problems

OCT 24, 2011 —Combating home invaders

OCT 17, 2011 —Garden tips for October

OCT 10, 2011 —Using cover crops to improve garden soil

SEP 26, 2011 —Cool-season lawn planting and renovation

SEP 19, 2011 —Horticulture tips for September

SEP 12, 2011 —Planning landscapes for fall planting

SEP 5, 2011 —Trees and shrubs for dry sites

AUG 29, 2011 —Flowers for dry sites

AUG 22, 2011 —Dividing irises and daylilies

AUG 15, 2011 —Garden tips for August

AUG 8, 2011 —Preparing for fall gardening

AUG 1, 2011 —Summer gardening tips

JUL 25, 2011 —Drought stress weakens plants

JUL 18, 2011 —Timing influences quality when harvesting vegetables

JUL 11, 2011 —Protect your garden from pests

JUL 4, 2011 —Controlling bagworms and ticks

JUN 27, 2011 —Controlling a bug that kills trees

JUN 20, 2011 —June lawn care

JUN 13, 2011 —Gardening in June

JUN 6, 2011 —Manage spring dead spot disease

MAY 30, 2011 —Mulching is a valuable gardening practice

MAY 23, 2011 —Caterpillar and bagworm control

MAY 16, 2011 —May gardening tips

MAY 9, 2011 —Tips for growing peaches

MAY 2, 2011 —Beneficial bugs battle insect pests

APR 25, 2011 —Raised bed gardening

APR 18, 2011 —Hypoxylon canker is harmful to oaks

APR 11, 2011 —April is a busy month for gardeners

MAR 28, 2011 —Making your garden inviting to hummingbirds

MAR 21, 2011 —Perennials for spring division

MAR 14, 2011 —Selecting the best seeds, plant sources

MAR 7, 2011 —March gardening tasks abound

FEB 28, 2011 —Consider planting strawberries

FEB 21, 2011 —Spring is around the corner

FEB 7, 2011 —Time to prune

JAN 31, 2011 —Gardening tasks don't end in winter

JAN 24, 2011 —Preparing soil for planting

JAN 17, 2011 —Pruning woody ornamentals

JAN 10, 2011 —Applying herbicide and fertilizer separately may be more effective than combining

JAN 3, 2011 —Time is nearing for weed control

DEC 27, 2010 —Growing holiday cacti

DEC 20, 2010 —Controlling moles and gophers

DEC 13, 2010 —Mushrooms are in abundance now

DEC 13, 2010 —Start a compost pile this fall

DEC 6, 2010 —Overwintering of tropical plants

NOV 29, 2010 —Tree pruning

NOV 22, 2010 —Leaves: A gardener's gold

NOV 15, 2010 —Creating a compost pile

NOV 8, 2010 —Protect landscape plants in winter

NOV 1, 2010 —Plant spring flowering bulbs now

OCT 25, 2010 —Preparing bermudagrass for winter

OCT 18, 2010 —Mushrooms appearing

OCT 11, 2010 —Assessing tree planting sites

OCT 4, 2010 —Turning pin oaks green

SEP 27, 2010 —Controlling scorpions

SEP 13, 2010 —When pine tree needles turn yellow

SEP 6, 2010 —Growing shade-tolerant lawns

AUG 23, 2010 —Fall pre-emergent weed control

AUG 23, 2010 —Is it pine wilt?

AUG 9, 2010 —Preventing drought stress in plants

AUG 2, 2010 —Get ready for fall gardening

JUL 26, 2010 —Summer care for the vegetable garden

JUL 5, 2010 —Bagworm infestations have negative impact on Oklahoma's trees

JUN 28, 2010 —Natural methods best for controlling aphids

MAY 31, 2010 —Take steps to control mosquitoes

MAY 17, 2010 —Using broadleaf herbicides

APR 19, 2010 —Topping trees is a common but harmful pruning practice

APR 12, 2010 —Managing sprinkler irrigation systems

MAR 15, 2010 —Soil testing: A first step to a beautiful yard

MAR 1, 2010 —Pruning roses

MAR 8, 2010 —It is soon to be potato time

MAR 1, 2010 —Pruning roses

FEB 15, 2010 —Talking tomatoes in February?

FEB 8, 2010 —If it's Valentine's Day, it's time for onions

FEB 1, 2010 —Using hardiness and heat zone maps

JAN 25, 2010 —Growing vegetable transplants

JAN 18, 2010 —What's in a name?

JAN 11, 2010 —Reflowering your poinsettia after Christmas

JAN 4, 2010 —Cactus can make beautiful Christmastime plant

DEC 28, 2009 —The "Christmas Tree" Story


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