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A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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Carpenter Ants: the misunderstood ant

Carpenter ants are one insect that are often misunderstood. They are an important part in the circle of life in decaying wood. Knowing a little more about these insects will help to understand why they are in a specific location and whether or not it might be possible to control them.

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I saw that on social media… it must be true!

With so many places to turn for information, it can be difficult to ‘weed’ out the good information from the bad.

Without a doubt we saw in increase in the interest in gardening and landscaping over the previous year. In the past, you had to know who to ask or what book to look in to find information on how to garden. Today the places to find information are endless. Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and the internet all have gardening information that is easily shared among friends and followers alike. Sometimes these ideas are tried and true while others are more “too good to be true.” I might not be the first to say it, but you can’t believe everything you read on the internet.

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Chartreuse Isn’t a Turf Color

Chlorotic turf has a chartreuse color

Chartreuse isn’t the first color we think of to describe turfgrass. Its half green/ half yellow, but it is the perfect color to describe many lawns in the area right now. What is causing turf to be this color and why is it happening now? Iron chlorosis is to blame and there are many causes for the yellow/green color. Continue reading


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Don’t Get Lost in Cyberspace

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Research it before you apply it. Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Without a doubt the interest in gardening and landscaping has been on the rise for many years. In order to find information on how to garden in the past, you had to know who to ask or what book to look in. Today the places to find information are endless. Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and the internet all have gardening information that is easily shared among friends and followers alike. Sometimes these ideas are tried and true while others are more “too good to be true.” I might not be the first to say it, but you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. Continue reading


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Pruning Principles

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Pick the right equipment and make proper pruning cuts.

Pruning is a science, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating.  There are some pruning guidelines that act as a starting point that make pruning a bit easier.  Choosing the correct tools for the job will ensure success and a healthy plant.  Lastly, a little knowledge of the plant you are pruning will help in the process and give you wonderful looking plants. Continue reading