Husker Hort

A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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Ahhh… Its the Attack of the Japanese Beetle

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Japanese Beetles on soybean plant, Photo by Roger Schmidt, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bugwood.org

They’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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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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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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V is for Victory Against Voles

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A vole run and tunnel.

We have been lucky this winter, but how long will our luck hold out?  No, I am not referring to the amount of snow we have received or the ‘warm’ winter temperatures we’ve had.  Even in a winter like this, wildlife damage can be present in the landscape.  Find out about a common villain, what they do and how can keep your landscape from becoming lunch. Continue reading


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Winter Desiccation

We had been spoiled this winter.  Until now, we have had a pretty ‘calm’ winter in Central Nebraska.  This past week we were reminded of what a normal winters in Nebraska feels like.  Sustained winds and subzero temperatures weren’t just hard on us, they were also hard on our landscape.  Find out what to be on the lookout for come spring and what you can do now to help the landscape yet this winter. Continue reading


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Winter Tree Care

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Ice covered pine needles. Photo by V. Jedlicka

Winter in Nebraska can be summed up in one word, unpredictable.  No matter what the weather does this winter, break out of the house to complete a few quick and easy tasks in your landscape to keep you trees and shrubs in tip-top shape.  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