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Hort Update for the Week of March 18, 2014

Lawns Major Symptom:
1. Winter turf injury Winter conditions may cause damage to lower mowed golfcourse turf
2. Spring mower maintenance Service mowers before beginning another season
Trees & Shrubs  

3. Tree selection

Selection of well-adapted trees critical for success
4. Emerald Ash Borer update EAB quaranties in Iowa, Missouri and Colorado
5. Pruning deciduous shrubs

Use shrub's bloom date as a guideline for pruning

Landscape Ornamentals  
6. Selecting summer bulbs Choose large, healthy bulbs for best growth
7. Selecting perennials Helping gardeners choose; Right Plant Right Place
Fruits & Vegetables  
8. Fruit cultivars for home planting Disease resistant cultivar recommendations
9. Importance of cross pollination Good fruit set relies on cross pollination between varieties
10. Promoting native bees Encouraging native pollinators will help ensure good cross pollination and fruit set
11. Apple diseases Apple Scab and Cedar Apple Rust are two common issues on NE apple trees
12. Planting vegetables Good planning and design as well as plant health will start your garden off right
13. Nebraska frost dates Offers a guideline for when to plant outside in the spring
14. Repotting houseplants
Spring is a good time to repot in a container about 1" larger than previous container
15. Swarming ants Normal occurrence, positively ID to ease concern of termites
16. English/Spanish language guides English/Spanish language guides available for the green industry
17. Upcoming programs Eastern Nebraska Tree Care Workshops, March 18-26


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Dry conditions persist in Nebraska.  Stay informed on current conditions, and public water utilities restricting water use. Visit UNL Drought Resources.