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July 19, 2018 

World Cup of Tomatoes

            We just had the World Cup in soccer, but I think there’s a competition between gardeners that rivals the intensity of the World Cup... the race to see who can produce the first tomato from their garden. I have to confess, my wife is a participant in this event! Since I’m her husband, it’s my fault if she doesn’t win. Last weekend, we toured her tomato plants so I could advise her (now that’s a first) on anything she needed to be doing. We discovered two common problems she, and many other gardeners, face this time of year.

July 12, 2018

Yellow Nutsedge Control

            With all the rain we’ve had this year, I’m mowing my lawn a couple times a week, just to keep up. It’s like I’m mowing my lawn in May, not July. But even as fast as my lawn is growing, there’s a couple areas where there are a few light yellow-green blades that grow faster and are taller than the rest of my grass. This is a good reminder that yellow nutsedge is showing up in lawns. Once it does, it is the time to start controlling this pesky lawn weed.

July 5, 2018

Japanese Beetles

Last week I talked about the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that is causing a lot of concern for homeowners. It has been identified in a few locations in Nebraska and is likely to continue its gradual spread across the state in years to come, devastating the state’s ash tree population as it spreads.

June 28, 2018

Emerald Ash Borers

An article in the Omaha World Herald last week prompted calls to my office about the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). I wasn’t in the office 10 minutes before I got my first call. The article indicated that EAB had been detected in traps in Council Bluffs and also at Mahoney State Park, between Omaha and Lincoln. While this is not good news, it is still not reason for homeowners with ash trees in northeast Nebraska to panic or start treating their trees... yet.

June 21, 2018 

Brown Spots in Lawns

The warm humid conditions we’re experiencing can promote diseases such as dollar spot and brown patch. If brown spots appear in your lawn, diagnose the problem before applying a pesticide. Disease and insect pests can build up resistance to pesticides, especially if they are overused. Pesticides are also chemicals we should not put into the environment unless they are needed.

June 14, 2018

Reduce Spray Drift Damage

For such a slow start with planting this spring, crops sure grew a lot in the last week or two. Unfortunately crops aren’t the only thing that’s growing. In some fields I visited recently, I noticed a variety of weeds were growing just as fast where a preplant or a preemergence herbicide had not been applied.


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