Lawn and Garden

Wednesday April 24, 2019
Salty Soil Problems
If you have trouble growing grass on the edges of your turf, you might have a salt problem. This can occur if salty water melts off your driveway in the winter. Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist Bill Kreuser talks about how to remedy the situation.MP3
https://turf.unl.edu/NebGuides/g2265.pdf

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Thursday April 18, 2019
Small Space Gardening
If you are short on space in your backyard, but you really want a flower or vegetable garden, you still have options. John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator, tells us about various ways you can maximize the space you do have and still have a wonderful garden.MP3
https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2016/smallgardenspace.shtml

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Wednesday April 17, 2019
Edible Landscapes
An idea for your home landscape that’s been around for a while is making a comeback – eating your landscape plants or what’s known as an edible landscape is not a new concept, but John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator, says is a great way to have both color and texture as well as something to eat.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/edible-landscapes

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Thursday April 11, 2019
Pruning Advice for Home Apples
Apple tree owners still have time to prune their trees before spring weather takes over. Kimmel Orchard Operations Manager Vaughn Hammond gives us a few timely pruning tips. MP3
https://kimmelorchard.org/blog/so-whats-happening-in-the-orchard-march-2019/

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Friday March 29, 2019
Backyard Farmer Begins Season 67
The popular gardening program Backyard Farmer returns to the air April 4th and the host of the program Kim Todd says helping Nebraskans recover from flooding issues will be one of the top priorities discussed on the program.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu

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Thursday March 21, 2019
2019 Spring Affair
The 2019 Spring Affair plant sale at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln is April 26th and 27th. Justin Evertson from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum says the annual event is the place to be, to buy great plants for the upcoming gardening season.MP3
https://plantnebraska.org/connect/events/spring-affair.html

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Friday March 15, 2019
Bio-Mulch
Biodegradable mulches, also known as biomulches, are increasingly popular among vegetable farmers. Sam Wortman, University of Nebraska Agronomy/Horticulture Assistant Professor says biomulches address concerns about the negative environmental impact of plastic mulch use and disposal.MP3
https://agronomy.unl.edu/wortman-research-biodegradable-mulches

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Tuesday March 12, 2019
Native Shrubs
Shrubs in your home landscape can provide privacy, beauty as well as something to eat. Justin Evertson from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum talks about a few shrubs native to Nebraska that could be perfect additions to your outdoor living space.MP3
https://plantnebraska.org

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Tuesday March 5, 2019
Seed Starting
Starting seeds indoors is one way gardeners can get a head start on the growing season. Nebraska Extension Educator John Porter says to pay special attention to the instructions on the seed pack.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/buffalo/Yard/Starting%20Seeds%20Indoors%2002-25-2017.pdf

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Thursday February 28, 2019
Pesticide Drift
Pesticide applicators must be aware of drift and reduce the chance for off-target movement. Off-target drift can damage sensitive crops, trees, and shrubs. Nebraska Extension Pesticide Application Technology Specialist Greg Kruger says pesticide drift is a serious issue on farms, but says home gardeners also need to be cautious when applying pesticides.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/2016/unl-pest-management-guide-—-key-tool-pesticide-application

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Monday February 18, 2019
Promoting Pollinators
Insect pollinators perform and important job around our homes. Nebraska Extension Educator Judy Wu-Smart says there are plenty of plants homeowners can try to help pollinators thrive and keep our flowers, fruits and vegetables pollinated. MP3
https://entomology.unl.edu/pollinator-habitat-certification

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Thursday February 14, 2019
Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program
The Nebraska Master Gardener program is a horticulture related volunteer training program based in many counties throughout the state. Nebraska Extension Educator Terri James says Master Gardener training sessions will start in mid February and early March.MP3
https://mastergardener.unl.edu

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Wednesday February 13, 2019
Garden Planning
It might be cold outside but Nebraska Extension Educator John Porter says it’s time to start thinking about your garden. Getting started with a good plan and keeping notes from year to year will help your garden thrive each growing season.MP3
https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/mastergardener/resources/Vegetable%20Gardening%20-%202up.pdf

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Tuesday January 29, 2019
Edible Landscape
Growing your own food has become a major trend for homeowners in the past decade. Most people think of a vegetable garden when you say ‘growing your own food,’ But Bob Hendrickson from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum says there are plenty of other things you can grow around your home to eat.MP3
https://plantnebraska.org

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Monday January 28, 2019
Turf in Snow
Homeowners are always concerned about keeping their turfgrass green and lush, which doesn’t mean much this time of year. Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist Bill Kreuser talks about a few winter tips to help avoid turf problems this spring.MP3
https://turf.unl.edu/TurfAdvice/Cool-season%20lawn%20calendar.pdf

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Wednesday January 23, 2019
New Homeowner’s Landscape Inventory
New homeowners might struggle to figure out how to take care of their landscapes. Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist Kim Todd says taking an inventory of the existing landscape is the first step towards making an outdoor living space beautiful and healthy.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu

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Monday January 21, 2019
Pet Friendly Gardening
A pet friendly home landscape means homeowners will need to practice some common sense and read pesticide labels carefully. Nebraska Extension Wildlife Specialist Dennis Ferarro says most homes will need to care for their dogs and cats, but safe pesticide handling also extends to homes that have ponds with fish and turtles.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/dog-friendly-landscapes

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Monday January 14, 2019
Lifestyle Gardening
Fans of the popular gardening show Backyard Farmer will want to tune into the winter partner show Lifestyle Gardening. Six new half hour programs will begin broadcasting on NET Saturday, January 19th at 10 am. Nebraska Extension Specialist Kim Todd says the winter gardening show will focus on tips to get ready for the upcoming gardening season.MP3
https://byf.unl.edu

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Thursday December 26, 2018
Holiday Plant Care
Every home during the holidays can benefit from a few plants to brighten the spirit of the season. Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Kim Todd talks about the best indoor plants and how to keep them alive all year long.MP3
https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2004/floweringholiday.shtml

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Friday December 7, 2018
Indoor House Plant Pests
Keeping your houseplants vibrant and thriving means you’ll have to check on them for common insect pests. Nebraska Extension Entomologist Jonathan Larson says you should inspect your plants regularly and offers a few tips to keep the bugs off of them.MP3
https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2005/houseplantpests.shtml

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