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Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 3-20, 2022 at: https://go.unl.edu/online4hhortcontest

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

 When it comes to watering during dry winters, three factors will determine if and when water should be applied to trees and shrubs.

 1. Is the ground frozen? If soil temperature is below freezing, then water uptake by tree roots will not occur.  Push the shaft of a screwdriver into the soil to help determine if the ground is frozen. If the screwdriver pushes in easily, then soil isn’t frozen and the first requirement for winter watering has been met. Read on for other factors to consider.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

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Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County

 Late Fall Watering

 Now is the time to provide a last deep soaking of the soil prior to ground freeze. This ensures tree and shrub roots can take in the water necessary to stay hydrated, helping them to overwinter better and to arrive to spring in good condition. If you’re unsure about the dryness of you soil, the screwdriver test is the simplest way to determine moisture levels. Dry soils will resist your efforts to push the screwdriver into the soil, while a moist soil will be easily penetrated by a screwdriver. 

 In order of importance, these are the plants most in need of late fall watering: 

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