September 2009

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Self Defense and First Time Home Buyer's Workshop a Success!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 at 12:18pm. 492 Views, 0 Comments.

Yesterday's self-defense and first time home buyer's workshop attracted more that 200 people to UNMC's Durham Outpatient Center.

This program focused on two areas - off campus safety/self defense and the soon to expire first time home buyers federal tax credit. From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm local real estate, mortgage and financing professionals made a series of presentations about the $8,000 tax credit expiring November 30. Those looking to purchase their first home received up-to-date information and recommendations from the Real Estate With Honors panel of experts. Click here for the WOWT news story on this event. From 12:30 - 2:00 Master Mike Kassebaum, a sixth degree black belt and owner of ATA Krav Maga National Training Center, provided an safety…


Friday, September 18th, 2009 at 8:32pm. 533 Views, 0 Comments.

Due to the high clay content in Nebraska soils aeration is one of the most important steps in maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn.

Aerating helps prevent soils from becoming compact thereby allowing vital nutrients, water, and air to penetrate the soil and reach the root zone. The roots then penetrate deeper into the soil, which enables the grass to become more drought resistant. Aeration accelerates the natural breakdown of thatch and in most cases eliminates the needs for costly power raking services.

The role aeration plays in establishing a healthy lawn:

  • Compact soil prevents turf from establishing a healthy root system. Adequate amounts of vital turf nutrients are unable to reach the roots.
  • Aerators relieve soil compaction by removing cores of turf…

  • White Grub Damage

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009 at 4:56pm. 539 Views, 0 Comments.

    White Grub damage is showing up in Nebraska.

    The white grub larvae feeds on turfgrass roots causing lawn areas to turn brown and sometimes die if grubs damage a large percentage of the roots. The majority of white grub eggs have hatched and reports by the University of Nebraska is showing numbers similar to past years.

    However, here in eastern Nebraska the growing conditions have been conducive to Kentucky bluegrass and it is likely preventing or delaying damage. Turfgrass should continue to be inspected for white grubs. If birds are feeding in a lawn, areas torn up overnight from raccoons or skunks, or browning occurs, roll or pull the sod back to look for c-shaped, cream colored, red headed larvae.

    If eight (8) white grubs are found per square foot, an…

    Fall Landscapes

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 at 12:57pm. 472 Views, 0 Comments.

    Fall Landscapes

    When is the best time of the year to plant trees, shrubs and perennials? Should we wait until spring to install our landscape?

    These are the most frequently asked questions that we hear during the fall of the year.

    One of the best times to consider new landscaping is from September through November; in some years December plantings will have great success as long as the ground is not frozen.

    In the fall, days are cooler, rain is more frequent and plants are headed into their dormant or hibernation period putting a lot of their energy into their root system. We can plant successfully any time of the year as long as the ground is not frozen.

    Here are some tips to ensure late season survivability:

    1 - Water frequently and deeply this time of year…

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