Nebraska Extension in Greeley, Howard, Sherman, Valley

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Thistle Butterfly, Cosmopolitan, or Painted Lady Butterfly; no matter what you call them, the parade has been spectacular this year.  This year has been a good year to see hundreds of butterflies fluttering around.

The Nebraska State Fair and Labor Day signal the first days of autumn will be here before we know it.  If your peonies have seen better days, there are several tasks you can be doing now to ensure bountiful blooms next spring.

            To many people, a bouquet of peony blooms signals spring has arrived.  If your peonies have seen better years and haven’t bloomed well, September is one of the best times to move or divide them. It will take about three years for a newly divided and replanted peony to get back to a good size to have a wonderful flower display.  If clumps are blooming well, avoid dividing or moving unless it is necessary.

It sounds like a scene right out of an old horror movie.  Insects are taking over the world.  Hornets are so large they are big enough to carry people away and insects are taking over homes and businesses.  I have to admit, I might be exaggerating a little, but there are some insects that can be frightening to look at or in such large numbers it might feel as if they are trying to take over.  In reality they are just more buzz than sting.

Directors of child care centers in Nebraska are required to complete management training. The training program consists of eight modules which will be offered during a series of seven one-day classes. Classes will be held in Grand Island on the first Friday of the month, beginning September 8, 2017. Registration forms with additional details are available.

Circle of Security™ is a research and evidence based program designed to strengthen parent/child relationships by helping parents better understand and respond to their child’s needs.  The eight-week class will be offered in Hastings on Wednesday evenings from August 16 through October 4, 2017. To learn more details about course content, location, time or cost, contact Nebraska Extension Educator Lynn DeVries at 402-461-7209. 

Fungus can be both a good and a bad thing.  Mushrooms on pizza are an example of good fungus. Fungus in lawns, on the other hand, are nearer the other end of the spectrum.  If your turf is looking a little thin and brown in spots; you are not alone.  Fungus and hot temperatures have wreaked havoc on lawns this year, but there is still time to make your lawn look full and lush for this fall. 

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