Lawn and Garden

Friday October 27, 2017
Seedheads For Fall And Winter Interest
Home landscapes don’t have to be dreary and grey during the winter months. Bob Hendrickson from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum talks about plants that offer interesting textures and structures that have wonderful seedheads.MP3
https://plantnebraska.org

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Monday October 23, 2017
Shrubs For Fall Color
Bob Hendrickson from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum talks about several selections to give homeowners plenty of color for fall. Bob Hendrickson from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum focuses on shrubs that are native to our region.MP3
https://plantnebraska.org

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Thursday October 12, 2017
Fall Turf Care Tips
The lawn care season is winding down, but has not ended. Several important lawn care tasks remain including; final fertilization, continued mowing, leaf removal and draining the irrigation system remain. Cole Thompson, Nebraska Extension Integrated Turfgrass Management Specialist.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/burt/fall-lawn-care/

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Tuesday October 10, 2017
Plants For Pollinators
Choosing the right plant is a good start for a pollinator-friendly landscape. Since pollen is the main food source for pollinators, knowing the bloom time and making sure those flowering times overlap and extend through the growing season is important. Bob Hendrickson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.MP3
https://lancaster.unl.edu/pest/resources/354Pollinators.pdf

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Thursday October 5, 2017
Fall Turf Weed Control
With shorter days and cooler nights, fall is best time of year to control many problem broadleaf weeds in turf. October is a great time to control dandelions, white clover, ground ivy and other perennial weeds that are a perennial problems. Cole Thompson, Nebraska Extension Integrated Turfgrass Management Specialist.MP3
http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/burt/fall-lawn-weed-control/

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Thursday September 28, 2017
Fall Tree Planting
Fall’s cooler temperatures, increased moisture and reduced humidity allow properly planted trees to establish their root systems quickly, giving them a jump-start on spring growth. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://nfs.unl.edu/tree-planting

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Thursday September 21, 2017
Garden Cleanup and Rotation
It’s harvest time for home gardeners and when you’re done picking your produce, you’ve got one more chore to do before colder weather sets in and that’s cleaning up. Fall garden clean up helps you get a head start when it’s time to plant next spring but it also benefits you by removing any diseased material that can infect next year’s garden. Kyle Broderick, Nebraska Plant and Pest Diagnostics Extension Educator.MP3
http://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2003/fallcleanup.shtml

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Thursday September 14, 2017
Fall Turf Weed Control
Fall-applied turf herbicides are preferred for broadleaf weed control because winter annual weeds are small, perennial weeds are preparing for winter and cooler temperatures reduce the likelihood of injuring turf or ornamental plants. For best control, herbicide should be applied by mid to late October. Cole Thompson, Nebraska Extension Integrated Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://turf.unl.edu/turfinfo/9-22-fall%20weed%20control%20considerations.pdf

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Tuesday September 12, 2017
Making Compost
Yard wastes, such as leaves, grass clippings, straw, and non-woody plant trimmings, can be added to make compost piles. Adding compost to your garden improves soil structure and releases plant nutrients. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/html/g2222/build/g2222.htm

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Friday September 1, 2017
Fall Gardening
APlanting vegetables in July and August for fall production is an excellent practice. For those who love to garden, extending the harvest time helps ward off the dreariness of cloudy autumn days, and extends the growing season of quality produce. Elizabeth Killinger, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://agecon.unl.edu/realestate/2017-farm-real-estate-report

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Tuesday August 29, 2017
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://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2003/fallcleanup.shtml

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Wednesday August 23, 2017
Flooded Gardens
Heavy rain in central caused flooding to many agriculture crops as well as many home vegetable gardens. Most vegetable plants will survive if flooding is under 48 hours. Standing water over 48 will result in yield reduction and plant death. Elizabeth Killinger, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://extensiontv.unl.edu/v/4093

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Thursday August 10, 2017
Barn Swallow Control
Swallows eat massive quantities of insects, but often become pests themselves by building their mud nests on man-made structures. Swallows are protected under Federal Law and nests may not be removed once eggs are laid inside until the chicks have hatched. Dennis Ferraro, Nebraska Extension Vertebrate Pest Specialist.MP3
http://communityenvironment.unl.edu/barn-swallows-0

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Tuesday August 8, 2017
Cicada Killer Wasp
The cicada killer wasp is the largest wasp species in Nebraska. Although the wasps look intimidating and have a significant stinger they are mild mannered and not aggressive like bees or hornets. Jonathan Larson and Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologists.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu/cicada-killer-wasps

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Tuesday August 1, 2017
Japanese Beetles In The Home Landscape
From late June into early August, metallic green colored Japanese beetles feed on more than 300 species of leaves, flowers and landscape plants. Good horticultural practice can reduce the damage caused by these beetles, but oftentimes times physical or chemical control is needed. Jonathan Larson and Jody Green, Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologists.MP3
http://communityenvironment.unl.edu/japanese-beetle

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Thursday July 20, 2017
Summer Tree Care
Summer isn’t always so nice to trees. Help them from falling victim to summer storms, pests and diseases by inspect the landscape, pruning dead branches and watering when necessary. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
http://cropwatch.unl.edu/2017/forages-may-be-answer-if-replant-options-are-limited

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Wednesday July 5, 2017
Vacation Turf Care
When planning a vacation don’t forget about your lawn. An average lawns needs 1.5 inches of water a week to look their best and it's important to keep up a regular mowing schedule. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist.MP3
http://turf.unl.edu/turf-fact-sheets-nebguides

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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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