Plants & Pests With Nicole
April 4, 6:30-8pm: 'Water Dogs Spring Series: Session 1' for EMG Volunteers via zoom.
Register at https://go.unl.edu/waterdogs
April 10: Nicole on KWBE radio interview at 8:30am
April 12-17: Nicole out of the office
April 14-July 28 and September 8 & 15 Yard and Garden Live 10-11:30am on KUTT 99.5 FM or online. For the guest schedule and more information, visit: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/gage/gage-county-horticulture/#tab3
April 28th: Arbor Day! Plant a Tree!
May 2nd, 6:30-8pm: 'Water Dogs Spring Series: Session 2' for EMG Volunteers via zoom. Register at https://go.unl.edu/waterdogs
Spring is here! But don't get to excited YET!
Spring is officially here now, but don’t get too excited with your spring lawncare projects. It is best to wait until April before overseeding or reseeding a lawn. When the time has come, overseed with the same type of grass that is already growing in the lawn, or use 100% Kentucky bluegrass or 100% tall fescue or a mix of these 2 types. Fertilization does not need to be on the lawn until the end of April and you can wait until it greens up to see if the early season fertilization is necessary.
If you overseed the lawn this spring, do not use a crabgrass pre-emergence herbicide because it will destroy the desired grass seed as well. Crabgrass preventer on established lawns should be applied when the soils are consistently at 55-60 degrees F.
Visit cropwatch.unl.edu/soiltemperature to see your current soil temperature.
Mowing is not needed prior to turfgrass greening up and starting to grow. The first mowing should take place when green grass is tall enough to require mowing. Mow at 2.5” to 3.5” for the entire growing season, returning clippings to the lawn. Do not remove more than 1/3 of the total canopy height at one time.
Spring Yard Cleanup to-do list
**REMINDER: 2,4-D products can be used in the spring, but better control will come in the fall for broadleaf weeds like dandelions. Only use 2,4-D products when temperatures for 72 hours is below 85 degrees.
Time to plant trees!
Arbor Day is April 28th! When planting a tree in your landscape, be sure to dig the hole twice as wide and only as deep as the root ball of the tree you are planting. Make sure you add a 2-3 inch deep layer of mulch at least 2 feet wide around the trunk of the tree. Also, make sure you keep the tree well-watered. There are many great tree species to choose from Nebraska, for more information on many great trees, visit: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/gage/gage-county-horticulture/#tab7
Starting Seeds Program @ Tall Tree Tasting
Who would have guessed wine & planting seeds went together so well!?