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A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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‘Fall’ Fertilization of Turf

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Lush, green turf is still possible.

Labor Day weekend signals many things: 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. Continue reading


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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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The First Steps to Landscape Flood Recovery

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Flooded Trees. Photo from https://weather-ready.unl.edu/Flood.pdf

We have been hit hard.  Flood damage to homes, structures, and roads can be noticed almost immediately.  Other damage will take time to show up; trees and landscapes are no exception.  Waiting will be the best course of action and it truly will be a measure of patience. Continue reading


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Got A Lemony Lawn?

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Timely rains this year may have kept many from running their irrigation systems, but they could have also done much more than that.  Moisture has kept many lawns from going dormant and heavy rains are most likely the reason for many weeds in the turf and in some cases, its yellow appearance. 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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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