Is This Plant Dead?

You hear these terms – “the dead of winter” and “dead to the world”, but what do they really mean?  In most cases, they’re exaggerations or synonyms for other situations; in this case, really cold weather with no end in sight and really, really tired. In the plant world, the question of “is this plant…

Roses – Prepping For Winter

Everyone loves a rose, whether it’s a gift for a birthday or an accent plant in the landscape.  Here in eastern Nebraska, roses need a little care getting them ready to endure a typical winter…whatever may come our way.  Each type of rose has its own set of prepping steps: Hybrid Tea Roses – Usually…

Evergreen Shrub Protection in Winter

This is winter in Nebraska.  Winter in Nebraska is by definition “variable”.  Long term residents seemingly are always telling newcomers that it’s colder this year or wetter this year or dryer this year or more up and down this year.  To sum, this is winter in Nebraska…variable.   As a result of variable conditions, especially…

Poinsettias on Your Desktop

There is no plant more associated with Christmas than the poinsettia.  The good news is that the number of cultivars keeps expanding each year.  Colors and shapes are available to fit any situation or décor.  Big ones are great for church or bank lobbies…but small ones make a big difference in the enjoyment of the…

Yellow Needles on Pines

Holy cow!  Look at my pine tree – it has lots of yellow needles on it!  Is that a problem?  What’s wrong?  These are common questions/comments that we get at this time of year.  In terms of the question of “is that a problem?”, it depends on where the needles are and which type of…

Post Frost Weed Control

So, it frosted.  In some areas, it was a hard frost with temperatures down in the 26 degree F range, and in others, plus/minus 30 degrees.  At this point in October, the question is: Is it a good idea to apply a post emergence herbicide to the lawn, considering the recent frost?  The answer?  It…

Late Fall Fertilizer Timing

For the past 5 years or so, our recommendation has been to lightly fertilize turfgrass stands in the Halloween timeframe to bolster root growth heading into winter.  That recommendation still stands, however, due to recent extended periods of cool, wet weather, we’re encouraging that an adjustment be made for this year. Instead of strict adherence…

Pollution – Who Wants It?

This seems like an easy question to answer – No one, right?  Well, this is probably true, but really, it’s more like some are anti-pollution and some are well…apathetic about it.  Right here, smack dab in the middle of Pollution Prevention Week aka P2 Week, my goal is to try to convince the folks who…

Dead Spots in the Lawn?

Does your lawn look like a Dalmatian?  Spots of dead and live turf here and there?  More here than there?  If so, here are some possible causes at this time of year:   *Summer Patch – this fungus disease infects turfgrass in late April, then grows inside the crown and roots of the plant, later…

Tis The Season!

In December, “Tis The Season” is a common phrase, referring to various holidays and the old classic song with the words – “tis the season to be jolly”.  In July, “Tis The Season” refers to watering turfgrass.   There are many take home messages in the theme of turfgrass irrigation; First, don’t worry about the…