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Barbecue, Popsicles & Nutsedge Control

Yellow Nutsedge in flower.

Ahhh… summer. The ‘official’ start to summer is June 21, but you can bet we have already felt those summer temperatures. The start of summer is more than just about barbecue and popsicles, its also an important date to keep in mind if you are controlling yellow nutsedge.

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Is it Winter Desiccation or Something More?

Now that spring has sprung, it is the perfect time to get out into the landscape and take inventory of how the plants fared during the winter. We might have thought it was a ‘mild’ winter by Nebraska standards, but some of our trees thought otherwise. Winter desiccation is the major culprit for browning trees and the extent of damage to plants might not be fully realized until now.

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2022 Central Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Training

Do you enjoy plants and gardening? Are you 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.

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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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Good Golly! Look at All Of Those Galls!

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Cedar-Apple Rust Galls on Juniper

Have you notice cedar trees with orange globs? It looks like the trees have starting growing orange jelly. There is fungus among us. Find out what you can do now that infection has happened and if there is anything you can do to prevent it in the future. Continue reading


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What Does Planting Vegetables Have to Do With Mother’s Day?

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there. The day is finally here that vegetable gardeners have been waiting for all spring. It’s time to start planting those tender vegetable crops in your garden. Knowing what, when, and how to plant can offer many rewards in the long run. Continue reading


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Freeze Damage & Preemergent Timing

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Frozen Cherry Bloom Image by jggrz from Pixabay

The summer- like temperatures have been nice to have around, but we knew they couldn’t last. The warm weather subsided and snapped us back into the reality that we are only a week into April. The recent temperature fluctuations not only had us wearing shorts and sweat pants in the same week, but they also could have some impacts in our landscapes. Continue reading


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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