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A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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‘Fall’ Fertilization of Turf

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Lush, green turf is still possible.

Labor Day weekend signals many things: the Nebraska State Fair, the start of school, and the perfect time to fertilize lawns.  Find out the benefits of fertilizing lawns now, decode the mystery of fertilizer numbers, and compare application equipment. Continue reading

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Ahhh… Its the Attack of the Japanese Beetle

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Japanese Beetles on soybean plant, Photo by Roger Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bugwood.org

They’re baaaaccck!!  That’s right, the Japanese beetles are back.  What exactly is a Japanese beetle and why should we be concerned?  Knowing a little bit about these tiny terrors will help keep your landscape from becoming their next meal. Continue reading


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Dollar Spot, Brown Patch & Summer Patch, Oh, My!

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Summer Patch disease

Fungus can be both a good and a bad thing.  Mushrooms on pizza are an example of good fungus. Fungus in lawns, on the other hand, are nearer the other end of the spectrum.  If your turf is looking a little thin and brown in spots; you are not alone.  Fungus and hot temperatures will wreak havoc on lawns this year, but there is still time to make your lawn look full and lush for this fall. Continue reading


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Don’t Get Lost in Cyberspace

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Research it before you apply it. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Without a doubt the interest in gardening and landscaping has been on the rise for many years. In order to find information on how to garden in the past, you had to know who to ask or what book to look in. Today the places to find information are endless. Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and the internet all have gardening information that is easily shared among friends and followers alike. Sometimes these ideas are tried and true while others are more “too good to be true.” I might not be the first to say it, but you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. Continue reading


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Growing Safe Produce Following a Flood

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Use extra precaution to ensure safe vegetables this season. Image by Pezibear from Pixabay

We have been through a lot this spring.  We have had blizzards, floods, and everything in-between for weather including two bomb cyclones. It isn’t even May yet.  Now that the worst is over, we hope, find out what you need to do to have safe vegetables from your garden to eat this year. Continue reading


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The First Steps to Landscape Flood Recovery

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Flooded Trees. Photo from https://weather-ready.unl.edu/Flood.pdf

We have been hit hard.  Flood damage to homes, structures, and roads can be noticed almost immediately.  Other damage will take time to show up; trees and landscapes are no exception.  Waiting will be the best course of action and it truly will be a measure of patience. Continue reading


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V is for Victory Against Voles

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A vole run and tunnel.

We have been lucky this winter, but how long will our luck hold out?  No, I am not referring to the amount of snow we have received or the ‘warm’ winter temperatures we’ve had.  Even in a winter like this, wildlife damage can be present in the landscape.  Find out about a common villain, what they do and how can keep your landscape from becoming lunch. Continue reading