Lawn and Garden

Thursday June 29, 2017
GreenKeeper App
The GreenKeeper app is a free support tool designed exclusively for turf grass professionals and based on research from Nebraska Extension turf experts. Greenskeeper allows multiple users to quickly reference prior applications, monitor pest control while on the course, check product applications logs, view pest reports and monitor weather. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://greenkeeperapp.com

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Tuesday June 27, 2017
Nebraska Turfgrass Research Field day
Come see the latest in turfgrass research, learn about new cultivars and practices. The Nebraska Turfgrass Research Field day will be held July 12th on UNL east campus research plots. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://www.nebraskaturfgrass.com/turfiNfo/17-fd-attendees.pdf

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Wednesday June 21, 2017
Pruning Trees
Trees may need pruning to maintain a particular shape, promote fruit production or to remove diseased or dead branches. Pruning is a science that, if not done properly, can be very damaging to a tree. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://nfs.unl.edu/CommunityForestry/TreeCare/pruning%20trees.pdf

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Tuesday June 6, 2017
Cut Flowers
Growing cut flowers is both easy and rewarding. Perennial flowers usually bloom for several weeks in summer and make excellent cut flowers, lasting for a week or more in the vase. John Fech, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2005/cutflowers.shtml

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Thursday June 1, 2017
Memorial Day Poppies
Memorial day has come and gone as we remembered those who sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms. One of the traditions of Memorial day is wearing poppies made out of paper that were manufactured and sold by veterans. Out in the garden you can find the inspiration for that in the form of oriental poppies. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://raisingnebraska.net

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Tuesday May 30, 2017
Edible landscapes
There’s and alternative to traditional landscaping. Installing an edible landscape integrates plants that bear produce with an outdoor living space. Adding plants that can be eaten around the home can provide a unique ornamental component to existing landscape beds. John Porter, Extension Educator-Urban Agriculture.MP3
Edible Landscapes

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Thursday May 25, 2016
Spring Lawn Care
Lawn fertilization products available to homeowners usually offer a 4- to 5-step program. Choose a quality lawn fertilizer that contains slow-release, or water insoluble nitrogen. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu/turf

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Thursday May 18, 2017
Lead Contamination In The Home Garden
When planning your garden it’s important to consider the location to structures in your landscape. Old building and sheds can often contain lead based products. Lead occurs naturally in soil, but at high levels can potentially be up taken by garden plants. Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Assistant.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jOA5LjgXrg

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Tuesday May 9, 2017
Buying Quality Trees
It's important to do your homework and choose the correct tree for the correct site. Landowners purchasing trees should be careful when buying from large box-retailers and other outlets as the seed source and quality of such trees can be questionable. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://retreenebraska.unl.edu/selecting-high-quality-tree

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Tuesday May 2, 2017
Planting Onions
Onions are quite hardy and grow best in cool weather, so slips or sets should be planted as soon as the soil may be worked in the spring. Like most vegetables, onions prefer a full-sun spot in the garden with well-drained soil. Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHyr_QayK_w

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Thursday April 27, 2017
Japanese Beetles
A newly released map of confirmed Japanese beetle populations in Nebraska shows their westward movement from where they were first identified near Lincoln and Omaha several years ago. Japanese beetle adults can damage a broad range of plants, including many trees and shrubs planted in the landscape, such as crab apple, roses, linden trees, and many others. Robert Wright, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec1777.pdf

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Thursday April 20, 2017
Backyard Farmer Garden
Rots, spots and insects are all part of the all American selection backyard farmer garden. This teaching, learning and research garden on UNL’s east campus helps demonstrate better garden management decisions. Terri James, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu

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Tuesday April 18, 2017
Early Spring Containers
Lack of space is no excuse for not gardening. A wide variety of flowers, vegetables and herbs can be readily grown in containers. A container garden can be just as enjoyable as a traditional garden, as long as it receives proper care. Terri James, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/ContainerGardening

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Thursday April 6, 2017
Weird Winter Garden Weather
One of the most significant challenges facing any gardener in Nebraska is the weather. This year, plants are blooming two to four weeks earlier than they should and bugs are beginning to emerge. Gardeners should pay special attention to soil moisture and insect management. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXh3Jsw0EsQ

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Monday April 3, 2017
Spring Turf Seeding
Spring is a great time to repair thinning or damaged lawn. Choosing the right grass for the soil and environmental conditions as well as purchasing a high quality certified seed blend is half the battle in establishing a healthy turf. Cole Thompson, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Integration Management Specialist.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/LawnOverseeding

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Thursday March 30, 2017
Backyard Farmers 65th Season
Every year from spring to fall, Nebraska Extension experts answer questions and deal with topics from insect pests to disease, turf, to fruits and vegetables to landscape design. Backyard Farmer returns to NET television April 6th at 7pm (CDT) with its 65th season. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist and Host of Backyard Farmer.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu

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Monday March 27, 2017
Dethatching and Aerating Turf
Turfgrass management in early spring is important. Proper practices can help maintain a vigorous lawn or revive a declining lawn. These practices include fertilization, dethatching, aeration, weed control, and seeding. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/SpringLawnPreparation

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Thursday March 23, 2017
Spring Turf Management
Over the next several weeks, temperatures will gradually warm and attention returns to home lawn care. It's still very early for actual activities, but plans for spring lawn care can be made now. Spring lawn care is important, as early season care has a big impact on lawns. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/SpringLawnPreparation

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Tuesday March 21, 2017
Pre-emergent Timing For Turf Weeds
The most common pre-emergent is crabgrass preventer; this is usually applied to the turf around April 15th - May 1st. For pre-emergent herbicides to work, soil temperatures have to reach 55 degrees for several days in a row. Cole Thompson, Nebraska Extension Integrated Turfgrass Management Specialist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2006/crabgrass.shtml

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Tuesday March 14, 2017
Home Landscape Tree Diversity
Having a wide range of tree and plant varieties in a landscape can help ensure long-term survival of that landscape. ReTree Nebraska is announcing 17 "Good Trees for the Good Life" in a list of trees that grow well in Nebraska, but are often under-utilized. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://retreenebraska.unl.edu/plantingfordiversity

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Friday March 3, 2017
Spring Affair Plant Sale
Nebraska Statewide Arboretum's Spring Affair features more than 700 different varieties of plants, perennials, herbs, vines and a variety of trees and shrubs for sale. The event will be Saturday April 22, at the Lancaster Events center with free admission. Christina Hoyt, Nebraska Executive Director, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.MP3
http://arboretum.unl.edu/spring-affair

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Thursday March 2, 2017
Early Spring Care for Fruit Trees
Fruit trees are wonderful additions to the home landscape, both as fruit producers and ornamental blooming trees. But unfortunately spring and early summer is a time when fruit trees need to be protected from several insect and disease problems. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/Homeorchard

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Thursday February 9, 2017
Landscaping Nebraska Style
The environment of Nebraska presents many challenges to those wanting to beautify the landscapes of their homes, businesses and communities. Planting native trees and prairie plants in the home landscape preserves the unique beauty of Nebraska’s plains heritage. Justin Evertson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Green Infrastructure Coordinator.MP3
http://arboretum.unl.edu/landscaping-prairie-beauties

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Tuesday February 7, 2017
Native Nebraska Shrubs
Shrubs are an element in the landscape that bridge the space between lawns and trees. By choosing native shrubs they withstand Nebraska’s tough climate extremes and serve as vital habitat for wildlife like birds, butterflies, and bees. Justin Evertson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum Green Infrastructure Coordinator. MP3
http://arboretum.unl.edu

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Wednesday January 25, 2017
Edible Landscapes
Edible landscapes can be just as attractive as ornamental landscapes, combining fruit and nut trees, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers or berry bushes in aesthetically pleasing designs. Bob Hendrickson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.MP3
http://arboretum.unl.edu/documents/TheSeedEdibleLandscapes.pdf

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Tuesday January 19, 2017
Invasive Pears
Callery pear trees are adapted to a wide variety of environmental conditions. There rapid growth and large seed production allows Callery pear trees to establish quickly in fields, right of ways and forests, out competing native plant species. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
https://mdc.mo.gov/newsroom/avoid-invasive-trees-such-bradford-pear-landscape-plantings

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Tuesday January 10, 2017
Growing Brassicas
2017 is the year of the Brassica. Brassicas are in a family of crops that include broccoli, cauliflower cabbage and turnips. These crops like growing in cool weather and are ideal for the spring and fall garden. Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/Broccoli

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Friday December 30, 2016
Backyard Farmer Winter TV Program
Backyard Farmer presents: Lifestyle Gardening a television show to help Nebraskans keep their thumbs green during the winter months. Lifestyle Gardening premieres at 4:30 p.m. CT, Saturday, Jan. 7, on NET Television. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu

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Friday December 23, 2016
Winter Interest Plants
Winter is a neglected season in the garden. But winter blooms that perfume the air, bright berries, colorful or textured foliage and unusual bark add a welcome element to gardens. Bob Henrickson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum MP3
http://unlgardens.unl.edu/winterinthelandcape

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Thursday December 1, 2016
Master Gardner Program
The Nebraska Master Gardener program is a horticulture related volunteer training program based in many counties throughout the state. Gardener volunteers are trained by UNL Extension faculty and staff and provide horticulture-related information to their community. Terri James, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://mastergardener.unl.edu

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Tuesday November 29, 2016
Cleaning Up Garden Tools
Garden tools require regular maintenance to work properly. Cleaning and sharpening tools before winter can prevent rust and make tools safer and more efficient next spring. Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2002/gardentools.shtml

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Wednesday November 23, 2016
Making Compost
Leaves and other materials that clutter yards in the fall can be gathered and turned into high quality soil for next year's garden. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/CreatingCompost

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Friday November 18, 2016
Winterizing Your Landscape
One of the best and simplest ways to protect plants in the landscape is to apply mulch. Winter mulch is like blanket that protects roots and plants from damaging freeze/thaw cycles. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec1274.pdf

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Tuesday November 15, 2016
Recycling Leaves
Mulch mowing is the easiest way to recycle fallen leaves. Up to an inch of leaves can be mowed and left to break down, adding nutrients and mulch to your turf. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/update11112016#One

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Wednesday November 2, 2016
Fall Care of Trees
Landscape trees have made it through another difficult Nebraska summer, but soon they have to face Nebraska's equally difficult winter conditions. Prepare your trees for the coming winter by following a few simple steps. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/FallCareofTrees

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Thursday October 27, 2016
Berries & Bark for Winter Interest
An excellent way to brighten the dead of winter is to plant trees and shrubs that possess colorful fruit or bark. Take a look at your winter landscape, and decide if you should include plants for winter interest. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2003/winterbeauty.shtml

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Tuesday October 18, 2016
Planting Bulbs
Planting flowering bulbs is a fall tradition for many gardeners. Bulbs can be planted from late September through the end of October, ideally when soil temperatures are below 60 degrees. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Specialist. MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2008/springbulbshow.shtml

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Monday October 17, 2016
Late Fall Lawn Care
The lawn care season is winding down, but has not ended. Several important lawn care tasks for the next couple of weeks should include a final fertilization, continued mowing as needed, removing leaves that have fallen, and draining the irrigation system. Cole Thompson, Nebraska Extension Integrated Turfgrass Management Specialist.MP3
http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/burt/fall-lawn-care/

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Friday September 30, 2016
Harvesting and Storing Pumpkins
Pumpkins will rot if harvested too young, or if allowed to stay in the field once they are mature and exposed to freezing temperatures. Pumpkins can be kept in cool storage for about 10 weeks. Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/pumpkins1

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Tuesday September 27, 2016
Growing Garlic
Garlic is a very popular vegetable, and is very easy to grow in Nebraska. Garlic produces well in Nebraska when planted in October or very early spring. Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/OnionGarlic

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Wednesday September 21, 2016
Turf Weed Control
Fall is the best time to control perennial weeds in the lawn. If herbicides are applied, the chemicals are transported to the roots, killing the entire plant instead of just the parts above the soil surface. Cole Thompson, Nebraska Extension Integrated Turf Grass Management Specialist.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/FallWeedControl

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Thursday September 15, 2016
Bringing Plants Indoors
Most plants grown as houseplants originated in the tropics. As nighttime temperatures dip into the 40's and 50's it's time to bring these plants inside. These sensitive plants won't survive frost and can even be damaged by cool temperatures. John Fech, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2003/houseplants.shtml

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Tuesday September 13, 2016
Dividing Perennials
Most perennial plants need periodic division to maintain their vigor and achieve maximum flower production. Fall is an excellent time to divide spring and mid summer flowering plants. John Fech, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/DividingPerennials

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Friday September 9, 2016
Fall Garden Cleanup
Flowers and vegetables whose foliage has begun to brown and shrivel should generally be removed before winter. Removing the spent foliage is an excellent way to reduce the chance for fungi and insect pests to over winter. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://extensiontv.unl.edu/v/4536

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Tuesday September 6, 2016
Backyard Farmer Wrap Up
From Emerald Ash Borer to gardening with unusual weather, the Backyard farmer panel of experts have answered many questions this season. As Backyard Farmer concludes, there is still an opportunity to visit the BYF garden open house October 1 on UNL’s east campus. Be sure to tune in January for the BYF winter gardening show. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist and host of Backyard Farmer.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu

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Wednesday August 31, 2016
Fall Vegetable Gardening
Most cool-season vegetables grow as well, or better, in fall than those planted in spring. Vegetables well suited for the fall garden include: potato’s, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots, just to name a few. Elizabeth Killinger, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://hortupdate.unl.edu/FallVegGarden

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Friday August 26, 2016
Avoiding the Top 10 Mistakes of Tree Planting
Proper selection, planting and care is critical to the establishment of healthy, thriving trees. Avoiding the Top 10 Mistakes of Tree Planting. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://www.nfs.unl.edu/documents/communityforestry/toptenmistakes.pdf

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Friday August 19, 2016
Selection and Placement of Trees
Successful tree and shrub planting requires knowing growth characteristics, site requirements and intended landscape function of each species. Landscape trees and shrubs are not difficult to plant, but selecting a suitable species and using proper planting techniques are necessary to ensure success. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://nfs.unl.edu/documents/communityforestry/Storm%20Damage%207%20-%20Tree%20Selection%20%26%20Placement.pdf

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Wednesday August 10, 2016
Ants
Rather than being seen as pests, ants can be understood as our partners in gardening. Tunneling ants turn over as much soil as earthworms do, aerating the soil and redistributing nutrients. Jonathan Larson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/339_beneficialbugs.pdf

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Tuesday August 2, 2016
Garden Insects
As summer heat sets in and gardens mature, insect pests can become a problem. Scouting for pests and know how to identify problems will help you stay in control of your garden. Jim Kalisch, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
http://extensiontv.unl.edu/v/1441

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Tuesday July 26, 2016
Sweet Corn Smut
Common smut occurs in almost every field of corn in Nebraska and is not normally a cause for concern except when at high incidence when it can pose a threat to yield. Tamra jacksn-Ziems, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBqyV6HWQIo

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Wednesday July 20, 2016
Blossom End Rot
Blossom end rot is a common problem of tomatoes. It occurs as a flat, dry, sunken, brown rot that is seen on the blossom end of the fruit, opposite the stem end. The size of the rotted area varies, but can cover up to 50% of the fruit. Amy Timmerman, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu/blossom-end-rot

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Wednesday July 13, 2016
Lawn Renovation
Renovation involves planting grass seed into an existing lawn, often adding new grass varieties to repair damage or increase tolerance to drought or shade. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://extensiontv.unl.edu/v/1756

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Tuesday July 12, 2016
Tree Diversity In The Landscape
One of the goals of the Nebraska Forest Service is to increase species diversity in community forests across the state. Diversity of trees will limit the impact of diseases like EAB. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://nfs.unl.edu/landscapetrees

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Friday July 8, 2016
Brown Patch
Brown Patch occurs most commonly on dense, heavily fertilized and watered lawns. Symptoms of Brown Patch start with scattered dead grass blades forming a circle or semi-circular pattern in the lawn. Loren Giesler, Nebraska Extension Plant Pathologist.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu/brown-patch

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Tuesday July 5, 2016
Milkweed
New research shows that common Milkweed may be very beneficial in your home garden. It’s estimated that over 600 different species of insects utilize Milkweed in the landscape. Tom Weissling, University of Nebraska Associate Professor of Entomology.MP3
http://milkweedwatch.unl.edu

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Wednesday June 29, 2016
Emerald Ash Borer Recommendations
The Nebraska Forest Service suggests taking stock of your Ash trees and coming up with a plan. Treating a tree may cost less than cutting it down, but health and location play a role. Laurie Stepanek, Nebraska Forest Service, Forest Health Specialist.MP3
http://nfs.unl.edu/nebraska-eab

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Tuesday June 28, 2016
Early Summer Lawn Care
Summer lawn care is about keeping grass healthy while temperatures soar and rainfall becomes scarce. Lawns need at least one inch of water per week, and more when the heat is severe. In addition raising mower blade height will allow taller grass to become more drought-tolerant and grow deeper roots. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/lawncare.shtml

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Tuesday June 21, 2016
Bagworm Control
Bagworms have become an increasing problem in Nebraska and surrounding areas. They can severely defoliate and kill evergreens, such as spruce and junipers. Bred Baxendale, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05A2quj9nO4

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Thursday June 16, 2016
Buffalograss
Buffalograss is a native grass species grown on the Great Plains for centuries. The grass will flourish in high sun but also tolerates shady spots in your yard. Its deep roots mean that it requires 75% less water than other turf grasses. Keenan Amundsen, University of Nebraska Turfgrass Geneticist.MP3
http://turf.unl.edu/NebGuides/EstablishingBuffalograssTurfNE_g1946.pdf

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