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Holy Mole(y)

We have all heard the saying, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” That can be difficult if we don’t even know what a molehill looks like. Knowing more about this pest can help you identify the damage and keep them from making molehills in your yard.

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Chartreuse Isn’t a Turf Color

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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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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Kearney

Emerald Ash Borer photo David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) confirmed the first finding in the state of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in a tree located in Omaha in 2016. Nebraska will be the 27th state to confirm the presence of the pest since 2002. More recently, this pest has been confirmed in Kearney.

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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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2020 Central Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program

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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. Continue reading


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M is for Marcescence

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There is a natural progression of fall. Leaves turn colors and drop to the ground. This year, it seems that some trees aren’t quite ready to part with their leaves and are having a tough time letting go. Find out what is going on and if there is anything that you can do to aid in the process. Continue reading


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Asian Jumping Worms Will Have You Jumping… but not for joy.

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Jumping worm adult with characteristic clitellum, which is light colored, flush with body, and encircles the entire body (Photo: J. Green)

Autumn is officially here. For many of us that means jumping for joy, for pumpkin spice latte, cozy sweaters, and cooler temperatures. There is another jumping thing that won’t bring as much joy into our lives as the lattes. Continue reading