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A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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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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Pine Wilt Woes

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Tree on the far left was killed by pine wilt.

There is a problem affecting pine trees in Nebraska, pine wilt.  Pine wilt is caused by a tiny organism that can produce big problems.  With a little education you can be well informed on this problem and know what to do if it happens. Continue reading


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When Evergreen Doesn’t Mean Ever Green

 

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Autumn is officially here; cue the falling leaves, cool nights, and yellowing pine trees. Knowing the cause of the discolored needles will help to know if it is nature taking its course or if it is a disease infecting your trees. Continue reading


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Troubled Tomatoes?

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Tomatoes were once thought to be poisonous and were avoided at all cost.  Today tomatoes are grown in over 86 percent of home gardens in the United States.  This popular plant has many common diseases and problems that can plague it.  With a little help, you can keep your tomatoes in tip top shape. 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