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September 2014

Orion is in the sky again, meaning fall is in the air. We still have time to enjoy autumn and prepare for winter. Harvesting horseradish, turf tips, weed control, and pollinators fill out the September video line up.

Fall Weed Control - Controlling broadleaf weeds in lawns can seem like an annual chore. However, with a little patience, broadleaf herbicide can provide very effective control. While most homeowners are anxious to apply broadleaf herbicide in the spring, the most effective time is actually in the fall. In this video, Dr. Ron Calhoun with Michigan State University explains the merits of waiting until it's chilly to say goodbye to your weeds.

Harvesting Horseradish - UNL Extension Master Gardener Kathy French talks about how to harvest and process horseradish.

Fall Lawn Care - Roch Gaussoin, UNL Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, shares activities for prepping your turf for fall, winter, and the coming spring. One application of fertilizer around Labor Day, and another later in fall will keep your lawn in prime condition.

Pollinator Plantings - For those who want to cut down on the amount of turf in your landscape, or just don't want to deal with turf, consider planting more pollinator habitat, like wildflowers and fruiting shrubs. Pete Berthelsen of Pheasants Forever, continues his video series on pollinator plantings, explaining why pollinator habitat helps wildlife.

Monthly Features

Apple Jack Festival,  
Sept. 19-21, 2014

Nebraska City's historic AppleJack Festival annually draws between 60,000 and 80,000 people to Nebraska City to celebrate the kickoff of the apple harvest.

Apple pie, apple cider, apple cider donuts, candy apples, caramel apples, apple fritters, apple salad...pretty much anything you can imagine made from apples are available at the AppleJack Festival.

With over 6 craft fairs, a parade, street dances, a classic car show, live music, and a 3-day carnival, for one weekend Nebraska City becomes the Apple Capital of the World.

Don't miss it!  

Drought Resources

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.

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