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Nebraska Extension is fully committed to the health and well-being of Nebraskans. In a disease situation like COVID-19, the principle of social distancing is one of the main methods that can be used to help reduce the spread of the disease.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

Spring’s welcome temperatures give us a chance to walk the landscape, checking to see how our trees and shrubs weathered the winter. Rabbit feeding damage on burning bush, vole paths over the lawn, and browning of evergreen needles are some of the things you will notice.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

“What are these trails in my lawn?”  This is a common question once snows recede.  Pathways interspersed throughout the lawn are an indication of the presence of voles. What are voles, you ask? Voles are rodents with an appearance very similar to mice except for their tails which are about 1 inch long.  Voles are granivores and paths may be more apparent around bird feeders, where fallen seed attracts them.

Kathleen Cue, Horticulture Extension Educator in Dodge County

When we think of flowering annuals and perennials as limited resources, using them wisely contributes to maximizing curb appeal. After all, not everyone has unlimited budgets or time to have flower color everywhere.

A word about the color green—green piques our interest in the winter and early spring landscapes, most notably because there is so little of it around (think evergreens and patches of lawn showing through the snow.) That perspective changes as landscapes green up in the spring and THEN green switches from being a focal point to becoming a background color. This transition is important because flowers show to their best advantage when placed in front of a backdrop of green.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Educator in Dodge County

Growing a vegetable garden versus growing a flower garden can be hotly debated. Vegetable gardeners ask, “What good is it if you can’t eat it?” Flower growers think if it is not pretty, what’s the point? For me, growing both vegetables and flowers are necessary—vegetables nourish my body while flowers feed my soul. 

"My favorite color is a sunset." - Unknown Author

This year's Dodge County Photography Theme is, "Dodge County Sunsets".  Capture the beauty of our rural and suburban landscapes at dusk and utilize your photography skills.  Use any camera to show us your favorite sunset prints this year at the Dodge County Fair.  This class is for any 4-Her enrolled in any Photography project level.  This Special Exhibit is a Dodge County exhibit only and is not state fair eligible.  Please refer to the Dodge County Fair Book for complete information regarding entry and entry tags, mounting photos, judging, and display.    

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