Husker Hort

A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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Good Night, Try To Sleep Tight…

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Bed Bug Comparison by life stages. Photo by Jody Green

There may be more to the whole ‘Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ bedtime rhyme than you think.  A recent survey has shown an increase in the areas’ bed bug population.  So what exactly do these insect look like and how can you prevent their dreaded bite? Continue reading

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Winter Watering?!?

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Give trees a slow soak when temperatures are warm enough.

Happy Holidays! Winter in Nebraska can be summed up in one word, unpredictable.  No matter what the weather does this winter, break out of the house to complete a few quick and easy tasks in your landscape to keep you trees and shrubs in tip-top shape.   Continue reading


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Don’t Eat That: Holiday Edition

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Poinsettias are not as poisonous as once thought.

The holiday season is upon us.  The cookies are baked, the decorations are up, and the holiday plants are blooming with all of their glory.  Some of our favorite holiday plants have a potentially dangerous side and can do more than just add color to our homes.  Do you think you know which of your holiday plants are safe and which ones are dangerous?  Continue reading


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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