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Community Environment

By Mary Winn, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener 

Spacing Out Your Plants
“Give me room, lots of room!” If your spring seedlings could speak, this is what they might be saying. Vegetables in particular need room for growth and optimum fruit production. Pay attention to seed packets for spacing between seeds and groups. For example, carrots should be thinned to 3 inches apart for straight fully developed roots. Crowding inhibits productivity. 

By Leann Sato, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

By Britni Schmaltz, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

Be aware when fertilizing your perennials.

Perennial flowers, ground covers and grasses don’t need a lot of fertilization and in fact some may react negatively. Overfertilized perennials may bolt, producing excessive soft growth instead of more flowers. To be safe, a soil test will help you determine the needs of your plants and the amount of fertilizer, if any, is warranted. Fertilizers with a 10-10-10 formula are generally sufficient.

Do you have floppy plants?  Stake ‘em!

By Katie Markheim, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

Labels are the Law

By Kathy Tando, Nebraska Extension Master Gardener

The Label is the Law

You might not be handcuffed but you could face a hefty fine! When using any chemical the label is the law. Using a chemical in a manner that does not comply with the label is illegal. Products can change so even if it’s a chemical you have used in the past review the contents. Take note of what the label states regarding transportation, storage, application, and disposal of the chemical for safe practices.

Know the Chemical Product Terms

By Laurie Stepanek, NFS Forest Health Specialist

When freeze warnings are posted, gardeners carefully cover susceptible garden vegetables and flowers with blankets, sheets, buckets, and garbage cans. But larger shrubs and trees must fend for themselves. The freeze this past weekend left many woody plants across the panhandle with brown, drooping leaves and shoots.

Community Environment

Pests, turf and landscape, water, and food production resources.

Backyard Farmer

Research-based solutions to lawn and garden questions.

Turfgrass Science

Turf iNfo for the north central states.

Master Gardeners

Trained volunteers sharing their knowledge with Nebraskans.

Acreage Insights

Helping acreage owners manage their rural living environment.

UNL Water

Providing research, information and educational opportunities about Nebraska's most important natural resource.

Drought Resources

Nebraska Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.