April 2009

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Evergreens Turning Brown?

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 10:20pm. 7098 Views, 0 Comments.

Every spring we seem to always find dead, brown foliage on evergreen plants including pine, boxwood, spruce, fir, juniper, arborvitae and yew. The extent of the symptoms can vary from brown needle tips on one side of the plant, to one or two branches, to the whole tree or shrub. This brown foliage found on evergreens is a symptom of winter desiccation.

Winter desiccation occurs when the amount of water lost by the foliage exceeds the amount picked up by the roots causing the leaves and needles to dry out and die. During winter months, photosynthetic processes are slowed, but evergreens continue to lose water at a higher rate than deciduous trees. Often you will notice that evergreen leaves and needles will hold their green color after the injury until warm…


Mowing the Lawn

Saturday, April 25th, 2009 at 10:19pm. 473 Views, 0 Comments.

The height at which grass is mowed plays a vital role on the overall health of the plant. MOW HIGH!!!

This puts less stress on the plant, shades the crown, and reduces evaporation of water. Chances are that in Nebraska you have either a bluegrass or fescue variety of lawn. A mowing height of 3 inches is ideal, yet no less than 2.5 inches is recommended.

It is essential to always maintain sharp blades on your lawn mower. Dull blades can make the plant susceptible to disease. If you notice that your lawn mower is leaving a frayed or ripped end on the turf it’s definitely time to sharpen those blades.

It is also unnecessary to bag grass and doing such will remove vital nutrients that the grass has moved from the soil and roots to the leaf of the plant. By…


Watering the Lawn

Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 10:26pm. 459 Views, 0 Comments.

Maintaining a consistent watering schedule is key to thick, beautiful and healthy grass. It will prevent heat stress that breaks down the pre-emergent weed and crabgrass barrier that are established with the first two fertilizer applications in April and late May / early June. Signs of a lack of water include thin turf, browning turf, and graying turf. Weeds and crabgrass will break through if water is not consistently applied to the grass!

Ideally you will want to water 3 times per week for a total of 1 inch (during spring and fall) to 1.5 inches (during summer and extended periods of drought) per week. Remember to adjust watering frequency and amounts with what mother nature provides; i.e. don't water the day after a 2 inch rainfall. Avoid light daily…


Welcome to Urban Village in Midtown Omaha

Thursday, April 16th, 2009 at 10:17am. 3716 Views, 1 Comments.

Welcome to Midtown Omaha!  We think you'll find Midtown a diverse, exciting, and vibrant place to live, work, and play. 

 Urban Village Development owns, renovates, and operates a number of apartment buildings in Midtown Omaha.  All of our buildings are conveniently located minutes from UNMC.  In the past 6 months we have re-opened 4 extensively renovated buildings, featuring 1, 2, and 3 bedroom apartments, all in Midtown.  In the coming months we will be opening 2 great new buildings, all of which have be rebuilt from the inside-out to bring modern living conveniences to historic buildings.  

 We're confident you'll find Midtown a great place to live and hope you'll find us a great solution to your housing needs.

 Please feel free to contact us at (402)…


Crabgrass

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009 at 4:32pm. 696 Views, 3 Comments.

It seems as if every store you venture into at this of year you'll notice crabgrass preventers. These are pre-emergence herbicides. Crabgrass preventers will only work when the crabgrass seeds are beginning to germinate at which time these seeds are absorbing lots of soil moisture. Thus if that moisture from the soil contains pre-emergence herbicide, seedlings will die.

Crabgrass is a warm season annual grass which mean it grows from seed each year. For crabgrass to begin to germinate it must have a soil temperature in the range 50 to 55 degrees - most crabgrass seed germinates at higher soil temperatures.

In eastern Nebraska, it is ideal to apply one application of a crabgrass preventer with fertilizer in early to mid-April and follow up with a second…


The Value of Plants and Landscaping

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 at 7:07pm. 2771 Views, 0 Comments.

A for sale home with a well maintained landscape and lawn can make a substantial difference with attracting prospective buyers.  Here are some interesting facts regarding the value of well maintained and designed landscapes.

  • Landscaping can add between 7 and 15 percent to a home's value. Source: The Gallup Organization.
  • Homes with "excellent" landscaping can expect a sale price about 6 to 7 percent higher than equivalent houses with "good" landscaping, while improving landscaping from "average" to "good" can result in a 4 to 5 percent increase. Source: Clemson University.
  • Landscaping can bring a recovery value of 100 to 200 percent at selling time. Kitchen remodeling brings a 75 to 125 percent recovery rate, bathroom remodeling a 20 to 120 percent recovery…


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