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Spring is Confusing…

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Spring blooming squill- photo from Nebraska Extension in Lancaster County

Spring in Nebraska is a very confusing time of year for most gardeners.  We get teased with the nice weather for a few days, only to have snow or cold temperatures snap us back into the reality of living in this wonderful state.  There are a few tasks that should be completed in the “spring” of the year, others need to be put on hold for just a little longer.  Continue reading


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Frosty’s Revenge

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Frost on turf is not just pretty. Photo from: http://acreage.unl.edu

Winter can be a beautiful time of the year.  The gracefully falling snow or frost on the plants in the morning sun can be an attractive sight to some.  To others, it just means more work outside.  Regardless of how you feel, these winter conditions should remind everyone to think about their turf.  That’s right, I said turf.  While the frost and snow are pretty, there are some steps that you can take now to ensure a beautiful looking lawn come spring. Continue reading


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Post-Holiday Plant Care

pointHappy Holidays! Now that the holidays are over, the real work begins.  Time to get on the treadmill, put the holiday decorations away, and decide what to do with those holiday plants. You can keep these plants year-round with little trouble with a little help and know-how. Continue reading


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What is an Extension Master Gardener?


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Two Extension Master Gardener taking a weeding break.

Extension Master Gardener Program Trainings Offered

Do you enjoy plants and gardening?  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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Leaves, Weeds, & Turfgrass Needs

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Leaves covering turfgrass. Photo courtesy http://lancaster.unl.edu.

Fall is good for more than just raking leaves and cooler nights.  Fall is actually one of the better times of the year to improve your turf.  Take advantage of these cooler temperatures and prepare your lawn for the coming spring. Continue reading


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Cottonwood Park Tree Planting

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The planting crew

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now.  Fall is great because you don’t have to worry quite so much about making sure there is adequate water because the ground will freeze soon and the deciduous trees are starting to go dormant and won’t use as much water compared to during the growing season.

The Village of Wolbach was the recipient of a 2016 ReTree Nebraska Grant which provided the Village with 10 trees.  On Saturday, October 22nd the trees were planted in Cottonwood Park in Wolbach with the help from several volunteers. Continue reading


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Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

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Behold… the Great Pumpkin

Picking the perfect pumpkin is an art.  Finding one with the perfect size and shape that can be turned into just the right jack-o-lantern is tougher than it sounds.  Whether its orange or white, finding that flawless pumpkin can be made a little easier with just a little assistance. Continue reading


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Needle Know-How

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Yellow inner needles

Autumn is officially here; cue the falling leaves, cool nights, and yellowing pine trees.  Knowing the cause of the discolored needles will help to know if it is nature taking its course or if it is a disease infecting your trees. Continue reading


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Crickets, Spiders, & Boxelder Bugs… Oh My!

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Boxelder Bugs

Warm days and cool nights signal that fall is almost here.  The pumpkins are just about ready to be picked, the leaves will soon be in full color display and the wolf spiders and crickets will start migrating into the home.  Not exactly what you had in mind for a peaceful fall?  Find out how to start preparing now to keep these invaders from making themselves at home in your home. Continue reading


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Don’t Throw in the Trowel On Your Garden

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Cool season crops. Photo from hortupdate.unl.edu

While some gardeners are ready for the gardening season to be over, others are raring up for another round.  If you are one who isn’t quite ready to throw in the trowel, now is the ideal time to start thinking about that fall vegetable garden.

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