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By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (Week of July 18, 2022)

If it were a simple matter of having outdoor spaces populated by plants Japanese beetles (JB) do not like to eat, we’d have less feeding damage to our favorite plants.  At 300 plus plant species they feed on, however, that quickly becomes a tall order. Typically, in the first year JB are found in an area, the amount of feeding damage is relatively low.  In the second and third years of infestation, however, their numbers are so high that it feels like an invasion!

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator Dodge County (Week of July 11, 2022)

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator (Week of July 4, 2022)

There is a great line in the first Jurassic Park movie when Ellie, the character played by Laura Dern, says, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Plants can be pretty but will defend themselves if threatened.”  Assuredly, not all plants are sweet and accommodating. Of course, there are plants that throw in their lot with humans, giving people fruits and vegetables for food, fiber for textiles, and medicines for health. We manipulate plants to get what we need, and we aid their survival by saving seed and propagating plants.  It begs the question, though, are we manipulating plants or are they manipulating us?

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of June 27, 2022)

Put down grub control to manage grub damage in lawns. The end of June/beginning of July is the window to complete this task, when grubs are small and more easily managed.

Stop using herbicides to manage nutsedge.  Nutsedge has tiny growths at the end of roots, called nutlets, that will begin growth when the parent plant is killed, making for even more plants.

Move potted violas and pansies to a shaded location to continue to enjoy their blooms, especially when spent blooms are removed.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of June 20, 2022)

It is estimated that just 1-2% of insects cause problems to human health, crops, and structures. For some, “bugs” is a derogatory term that signifies unclean conditions and a messy household.  For the roughly 98% of insects that don’t fit into this description, it is a giant leap forward to recognize the importance of pollinators during National Pollinator Week.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator in Dodge County (Week of June 13, 2022)

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