Husker Hort

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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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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Frosty’s Revenge

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Frost on turf is not just pretty. Photo from: http://acreage.unl.edu

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year.  The gracefully falling snow or frost on the plants in the morning sun can be an attractive sight to some.  To others, it just means more work outside.  Regardless of how you feel, these winter conditions should remind everyone to think about their turf.  That’s right, I said turf.  While the frost and snow are pretty, there are some steps that you can take now to ensure a beautiful looking lawn come spring. Continue reading


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Leaves, Weeds, & Turfgrass Needs

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Leaves covering turfgrass. Photo courtesy http://lancaster.unl.edu.

Fall is good for more than just raking leaves and cooler nights.  Fall is actually one of the better times of the year to improve your turf.  Take advantage of these cooler temperatures and prepare your lawn for the coming spring. Continue reading