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A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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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


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Tiny Terrors: The Voracious Japanese Beetle

japanesebeetlesoybeanThey’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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The Bad Kind of Fungus…Turf Fungus

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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 have wreaked 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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Nebraska Wildflower Week 2017

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Blue Flax- photo taken by M. Knuth

 

A week devoted to wildflowers is just about as good as a holiday devoted to trees. While Arbor Day is a well-known holiday celebrated across the state, Nebraska Wildflower Week should be celebrated just as much.

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