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Poison ivy issues

In August, my daughter and her husband purchased a home near Preston Hwy. and Eastern Parkway. I helped them with cleaning up the yard, and came down with my first case of poison ivy, so severe the doctor had to treat it with cortisone. My son in law gets an outbreak just by walking around the back yard in shorts. Although I know what poison ivy looks like, I can't say we actually saw any. We have been afraid to work in the yard since!! Right now the lawn is covered in oak leaves. I was going to pay a contractor to remove the leaves, so we can be aware when the ivy starts popping up.
How do we remediate this? Can you recommend a contractor that is able to use the level of herbicide needed?

Jefferson County KY Posted 8 days ago

Urban high tunnel

We are about to purchase a high tunnel to extend our grow season here in West Louisville. Can we get information on the different planting times for crops in high tunnel? Usually we use the farmers almanac.

Jefferson County KY high tunnels Posted about 1 month ago

fig trees

What type of fig trees will survive in Kentucky and when should they be planted?

Jefferson County KY trees and shrubs Posted about 1 month ago


My Azaela has turned a yellow color. I don’t believe it’s ever turned this color in the fall/ winter. It doesn’t appear to be chlorosis.

Jefferson County KY azaleas Posted about 1 month ago

swarms question

At sunset (and around lights when it's dark) there are huge swarms of winged insects lately in Louisville. Hoping they're not termites; worried they might be.

Jefferson County KY insect identification Posted about 1 month ago

Small bat

I found a bat on sidewalk in 15degree weather. We had an 1 1/2 snowfall. I brought it inside since it was alive and kept it warm. It is moving around and put banana in cage but have not seen it eat. It is 38 today so can i let it loose in woods?

Jefferson County Kentucky bats Posted 2 months ago

New Sod filled with Weeds

Hello, this is my first time living in a house (new construction) with sod. I believed we were doing all right things by watering daily and pulling weeds. However, my yard is now overcome with weeds. We haven’t even lived in the house 3 months, and I’m wondering if I should contact the builder? Or should I start from scratch? Can what’s there be revived? See attached. HELP!

Jefferson County Kentucky lawns and turf weed control Posted 2 months ago

What kind of spider is this

I found it Crawling on me.

Jefferson County Kentucky Posted 3 months ago


Hello. I am considering beekeeping as a backyard hobby starting this coming spring, and I wondered if there was any sort of registration for apiaries in Jefferson County? Also, do you have someone on the Extension staff who is familiar with beekeeping and could make recommendations on hive types, best bee species in our area, and the best blend of flowers to grow in my yard? Thanks, Jerry Anderson

Jefferson County Kentucky Posted 3 months ago


What species of tree is in the front yard of my new (to me) home? Is it healthy enough to keep? One garden person said it was a Silver Maple and should go. Another garden person said it was a Red Maple and should stay. Still another garden person said it was dying and he should cut it down for me when all the leaves had fallen off. Can I bring a leafed small branch to you? Maybe you or someone you know can identify this tree? Thank you, Chris Helm

Jefferson County Kentucky Posted 3 months ago