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A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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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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Post-Holiday Plant Care

pointHappy Holidays! Now that the holidays are over, the real work begins.  Time to get on the treadmill, put the holiday decorations away, and decide what to do with those holiday plants. You can keep these plants year-round with little trouble with a little help and know-how. Continue reading


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What is an Extension Master Gardener?


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Two Extension Master Gardener taking a weeding break.

Extension Master Gardener Program Trainings Offered

Do you enjoy plants and gardening?  Looking to learn more and hone your skills but don’t know where to go?  The Extension Master Gardener program will educate you on many aspects of horticulture, allow you to test your knowledge and skills, all while serving your local community. 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


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Cottonwood Park Tree Planting

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The planting crew

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now.  Fall is great because you don’t have to worry quite so much about making sure there is adequate water because the ground will freeze soon and the deciduous trees are starting to go dormant and won’t use as much water compared to during the growing season.

The Village of Wolbach was the recipient of a 2016 ReTree Nebraska Grant which provided the Village with 10 trees.  On Saturday, October 22nd the trees were planted in Cottonwood Park in Wolbach with the help from several volunteers. Continue reading


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Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

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Behold… the Great Pumpkin

Picking the perfect pumpkin is an art.  Finding one with the perfect size and shape that can be turned into just the right jack-o-lantern is tougher than it sounds.  Whether its orange or white, finding that flawless pumpkin can be made a little easier with just a little assistance. Continue reading