Lawn and Garden

Monday August 13, 2018
Home Garden Drip Irrigation
Finding ways to conserve water around your house during the hot summer days can be frustrating. Installing drip irrigation around your landscape beds is a much more efficient way to water your plants and it saves a lot of water. Jon Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://water.unl.edu/article/lawns-gardens-landscapes/water-wise-home-gardens-–-reducing-water-usage-and-irrigating

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Friday August 3, 2018
Home Landscapes On Vacation
If you’re planning a nice vacation, the last thing you want to do is come home to a brown landscape. Nebraska Extension Educator John Fech has a few tips to keep in mind before you head out the door.MP3
https://water.unl.edu/landscapewater/previous-timely-tips

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Wednesday August 1, 2018
Chiggers
Chiggers are a common problem around home landscapes. Nebraska Extension Entomologist Jonathan Larson says there are a few ways to keep them off of you and do away with the itch they leave behind.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/chiggers

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Monday July 30, 2018
Japanese Beetles in the Home Landscape
Homeowners in urban areas around the state are seeing some of their landscape being eaten away by an invasion of Japanese Beetles. Nebraska Extension Entomologist Jonathan Larson offers a few tips to keep them under control.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/japanese-beetle

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Friday July 27, 2018
Fall Garden Planning
It's easy to forget that now is time to think about planting a fall vegetable garden. Nebraska Extension Educator John Porter says most cool-season vegetables grow as well, or better, in fall than those planted in spring.MP3
https://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/extension/hort-update/FallVegGarden

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Thursday July 26, 2018
Zoysia Grass
Most home lawns are made up of warm season grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue. An alternative to those high-input grasses are cool season grasses like zoysia grass. Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist Bill Kreuser discusses the benefits and challenges of a zoysia grass lawn.MP3
https://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/extension/hort-update/zoysiagrass

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Tuesday July 24, 2018
New Buffalograss Varieties
New varieties of buffalograss are being bred and tested at the University of Nebraska. Keenan Amundsen, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Associate Professor of Agronomy-Horticulture says these new varieties are aimed at helping homeowners conserve water and decrease the amount of work it takes to enjoy a lush green lawn.MP3
https://turf.unl.edu/NebGuides/EstablishingBuffalograssTurfNE_g1946.pdf

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Monday July 23, 2018
Landscape Scouting
Good gardeners know that in order to keep their lawn and gardens healthy, they need to regularly scouting before problems get out of hand. Nebraska Extension Educator John Fech talks about how landscape and garden scouting can help you stay ahead of insect and disease problems..MP3
https://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/extension/hort-update/landscape-diagnostic-guide

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Friday July 19, 2018
Yellow Nutsedge Control
One of the most difficult weeds to control in home lawns is yellow nutsedge. University of Nebraska Plant Research Manager Matt Sousek says the weed has a unique way of survival and controlling it takes patience.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/battling-yellow-nutsedge

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Wednesday July 18, 2018
Milkweed
Milkweed is a great addition to any landscape for pollinators, especially butterflies. This native flower can grow almost anywhere with little care. Tom Weissling, University of Nebarska Associate Professor of Entomology.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/common-milkweed-0

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Monday July 16, 2018
Blossom End Rot
Every Nebraska vegetable garden has a least one tomato plant. A common tomato disease this time of year is blossom end rot, it’s seen on the blossom end of the fruit, opposite the stem. Nebraska Extension Educator Amy Timmerman talks about this disease and how to prevent it.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/nemaha/Blossom%20End%20Rot.pdf

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Tuesday July 3, 2018
Bagworm Control
Homeowners who have junipers, arborvitae and other shrubs are probably familiar with bagworms. Nebraska Extension Entomologist Jonathan Larson talks about their life cycle and offers control tips.MP3
https://cropwatch.unl.edu/bagworm-control-efforts-should-start-now

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Friday June 15, 2018
What to do with Grass Clippings?
Ideally, mowing is done frequently enough that clippings can be mulched back into the lawn. Clippings returned to the turf can contribute nitrogen over the course of a summer, and will prevent the development of thatch. Scott Evans, Nebraska Extension Assistant Educator.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/are-you-mowing-or-scalping-your-turf

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Thursday June 14, 2018
White Grubs
One of the most easily recognized insects in the home landscape is the white grub. White grubs feed on turf and ornamental plant roots and other organic matter in the soil. To minimize white grub damage, control methods should be made during mid June to early July. Jonathan Larson, Nebraska Extension Entomologist.MP3
https://entomology.unl.edu/turfent/documnts/wgmanagement

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Tuesday June 12, 2018
Vertical Gardening
Vertical gardening, or trellising, is a great technique to make the most of a small garden plot, and provides many benefits. Getting plants up off the ground can reduce disease problems, by allowing better air circulation through the foliage, and makes inspecting for insect problems easier. John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/extension/hort-update/Intensive

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Wednesday June 6, 2018
Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Program
Nebraska Extension has been offering a Master Gardener certification program since 1976. Nebraska Extension Educator Terri James says anyone can join the program and learn about a wide variety of gardening topics as well as many volunteering opportunities for Extension Horticulture. MP3
https://mastergardener.unl.edu

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Tuesday June 5, 2018
Pollinator Program
Nebraska Extension offers a program for people who want to help protect our pollinators. The Nebraska Pollinator Habitat Certification program seeks to educate people on the value of our pollinators by helping to protect their habitat. Scott Evans, Nebraska Extension Assistant, Douglas-Sarpy Counties.MP3
https://entomology.unl.edu/pollinator-habitat-certification

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Thursday May 31, 2018
Solitary Pollinator Hotels
Protecting native pollinator habitat is a topic all homeowners and gardeners should be aware of. Nebraska Extension Urban Entomologist Jody Green focuses on a few ways everyone can help these important pollinators thrive.MP3
http://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/g2256.pdf

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Tuesday April 24, 2018
Community Gardens
If you have tight space around your home and nowhere to plant a vegetable garden you might want to take advantage of a community garden space. There are organizations that will help you find a plot to grow your own food. John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator. MP3
https://communitygarden.org

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Monday April 23, 2018
Turf in the Winter
Spring in Nebraska is taking it's time to warm up and that has implications for our home turfgrass. Homeowners need to be patient and not get ahead with any management activities until the weather and soil temperatures warm up. Bill Kreuser, Nebraska Extension Turfgrass Specialist. MP3
https://turf.unl.edu

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Wednesday April 18, 2018
Small Space Gardening
Many people don't have a large landscape, but still enjoy gardening. With a little creativity and some common gardening principles, you can grow your own food just about anywhere. John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2016/smallgardenspace.shtml

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Monday April 16, 2018
Mulches and Mulching
Keeping the weeds down and conserving water in your home vegetable garden can be achieved with the addition of some mulch. There are plenty of benefits to mulching and common materials like grass clippings or woodchips will do the job. John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://droughtresources.unl.edu/mulch-101

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Thursday April 12, 2018
Spring Landscape
If you are the type of person who always tends to get spring fever this time of the year, your landscape can help make it easier in the future. Plan your garden to incorporate different trees, shrubs, and perennial flowers that will bring you spring as soon as possible. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/Early-spring-plants

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Monday April 9, 2018
Arbor Day Tree Tips
The arbor day foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. When planting trees on April 27th select trees with spring blossoms, fall color and winter form. Eric Berg, Nebraska Forest Service Community Forestry and Sustainable Landscape Program Leader.MP3
https://communityenvironment.unl.edu/arbor-day-plant-more-beauty

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Tuesday April 3, 2018
Backyard Farmer Starts Its 66th Season
Backyard Farmer returns to the air for it’s 66th Season. Nebraska’s must-see television program for gardening information, will premiere April 5 on NET. Kim Todd, Nebraska Extension Landscape Horticulture Specialist.MP3
https://news.unl.edu/newsrooms/today/article/new-season-of-backyard-farmer-premieres-april-5/

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Wednesday March 28, 2018
Backyard Farmer Garden
Rots, spots and insects are all part of the all American selection backyard farmer garden. This teaching, learning and research garden on UNL’s east campus helps demonstrate better garden management decisions. Terri James, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
http://byf.unl.edu

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Thursday March 22, 2018
Using Containers for Early Spring Color
After a long winter where garden colors have faded to browns and greys, homeowners can spruce up their outdoor living spaces with dashes of color by using containers. Terri James, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/articles/2003/container.shtml

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Tuesday March 20, 2018
Spinach
Gardeners looking to get a jump start on their spring gardens can plant spinach very early in the spring. Spinach is very hardy and can withstand temperatures as low as 20 F. It can be the first garden vegetable planted in the spring since the seed germinates at low temperatures. Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2015&context=extensionhist

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Friday March 16, 2018
Be Patient With Your Landscape
Bitter cold conditions and a dry fall might be responsible for your landscape plants not waking up sooner this spring. But gardeners need not get in a big hurry to ‘do something’ for their plants as a little patience goes a long way. Scott Evans, Nebraska Extension Assistant Educator.MP3
https://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/extension/hort-update/landscape-diagnostic-guide

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Thursday March 15, 2018
Early Spring Vegetables
Gardeners in Nebraska can get a jump start on the growing season by choosing vegetables that actually like colder temperatures. There are plenty of these leafy greens and other vegetables to choose from. John Porter, Nebraska Extension Educator.MP3
https://unlcms.unl.edu/ianr/extension/hort-update/EarlyVegGarden

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Thursday March 1, 2018
Amaryllis
One of the ways gardeners chase away the winter blues is growing and caring for their indoor plants. One plant sure to give you plenty of satisfaction is amaryllis. Nebraska Extension Assistant Educator Mary Jane Frogge says there are plenty of colors and varieties to choose from and talks about basic care for the bulb.MP3
https://lancaster.unl.edu/hort/nebline/amaryllis.shtml

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Tuesday February 27, 2018
UNL Bee Lab
The UNL Bee Lab does research and extension programs that focuses on the health and well-being of our native pollinators as well as imported honeybees. According to Extension Research Entomologist Judy Wu-Smart, one of the most important aspects of the research is taking a look at obstacles or stressors to our pollinators.MP3
https://entomology.unl.edu/bee-lab#tab3

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Monday February 19, 2018
Snowdrops
In the middle of a cold winter in Nebraska, it’s always nice to think about spring and one of the first blooming bulbs is Snowdrops. Nebraska Extension Assistant Mary Jane Frohsh says snowdrops are a wonderful reminder that spring is on its way, but also it provides some of the first food for honeybees.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/Snowdrops.pdf

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Thursday February 15, 2018
Gardening Calendar
A gardening calendar offered by the Douglas County Extension office is a great way to keep ahead of weekly gardening chores. Nebraska Extension Assistant Kathleen Cue says the calendar has great tips for gardeners but also has a theme each year.MP3
https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/douglas-sarpy/

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Tuesday February 13, 2018
Nebraska Master Gardener Program
The Nebraska Extension Master Gardener program was established in 1976. Becoming a Master Gardener involves education and volunteering opportunities. Nebraska Extension Educator and Master Gardener program coordinator Terri James says getting involved with the Master Gardner program is as easy as getting in touch with your local extension office. MP3
https://mastergardener.unl.edu

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