Are you looking for a good way to water your veggie garden? Think drip. Drip irrigation has many advantages over overhead watering, including less evaporation loss, fewer foliar diseases and fewer weeds.
Watering New Trees and Shrubs
Many new trees and shrubs are planted in April, May and June. By far, the two most important considerations are implementing the proper techniques for planting and watering.
Watering During Turf Establishment
If damage from voles, skunks, ice, cold temperatures or other factors have left your lawn a bit on the thin side, mid-spring is a good time to thicken up the stand.
Watering in Late Fall
If you want to see healthy outdoor plants in the spring, it’s important to water them in late fall.
Lawn Sprinkler Gaps
“So, Rocky, what do you see in my sister?” “Well, Pauley, it’s like this. I got gaps, she got gaps, but together, we got no gaps.” Unfortunately, just like two of the actors in the movie Rocky, all lawn sprinkler systems have gaps; gaps in coverage; aka uneven application patterns. If you ever doubt this,…
Classic Color Combinations
The keys to success with patio planters and pots of all sizes are: Designing with the thriller, chiller and spiller concept in mind. The “thriller” is a plant chosen to “wow” you, to attract attention. The “spiller” is the plant that cascades over the edge of the pot, providing a softening effect, and the…
Late Summer in the Landscape
Late summer/early fall brings us a host of “to-do’s and not to-do’s” in the landscape. First, a couple of not to dos: *Avoid fertilization of trees, shrubs and perennial flowers. Fertilization at this time tends to promote new growth, which would likely be injured by upcoming fall frosts. *Don’t water with the same frequency and…
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…
Freshen Up Patio Planters
In midsummer, patio plants, window boxes and other containers can get a bit bedraggled looking. In order to help them look new and fresh again, consider the 5 R’s: Reduce – Trim out the growth that has become scraggly. Carefully cutting away the tissue that is wayward allows for sunlight penetration and air flow…
Turf Care Under the Hot Sun – Part 1
In summer, in Nebraska, it’s hot. So hot that caring for turf requires a full set of strategies…in fact 4 pieces or parts. And, like McNuggets, they’re fused together for success. Part 1 – Efficient Irrigation Part 2 – Appropriate Fertilization Part 3 – Mowing Considerations Part 4 – Miscellaneous Factors Efficient irrigation begins…