Husker Hort

A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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Tossing Tomatoes: Vegetable Garden Clean-up

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Zucchini killed by frost.

The presence of frost usually means that your vegetable garden is either limping toward the finish line or has completed production for the year.  Fall is the perfect time to clean up the vegetable garden and its tools to prepare them for next year.  Continue reading

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Ahh… Its the Attack of the Pirate Bugs & Psyllids

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Minute Pirate Bug. A tiny terror with a big bite.

We are all trying to make the most of these last warm fall days.  While enjoying the last little bit of warm weather, tiny terrors seem to be everywhere.  Find out what the little insects are up to and how you can keep from going nuts. Continue reading


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Wolf Spiders, Crickets, & Boxelder Bugs… Oh My!

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‘Furry’ Wolf Spiders

It’s here. It’s here.  Fall is officially here!  Bring on the pumpkin spice flavored everything and changing leaves, and who could forget the migrating wolf spiders and crickets.  Not exactly what you had in mind for a peaceful fall?  Find out how to start preparing now to keep these invaders from making themselves at home in your home. Continue reading


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The Painted Lady Parade

Painted Lady Butterfly. Photo courtesy of CropWatch

Thistle Butterfly, Cosmopolitan, or Painted Lady Butterfly; no matter what you call them, the parade has been spectacular this year.  This year has been a good year to see hundreds of butterflies fluttering around. Continue reading


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Turf Timing

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Rotary spreader applying fertilizer

Labor Day weekend is quickly approaching. This weekend signals many things: the end of 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.

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Bewildered by Bagworms?

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Evergreen bagworms on juniper. Photo courtesy Digital Diagnostic network.

Webworms & bagworms… are they the same thing? If not, why does it make a difference whether you have bagworms or webworms?  It can make a big difference which insect you have to control and the damage that they cause.  Correct identification is key to knowing how to control these pests.  Continue reading