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Monday, May 13th, 2013 by Don Siffring
Garden tips for May
Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Don Siffring
Spring brings personal growth, along with the greening of the landscape! Just when it appears one should focus on yard spruce-up and mowing, another set of opportunities will most certainly draw my attention from yard work. The weather forecast seems to tell us we have a few more days of cool weather before it gets [...]
Friday, March 15th, 2013 by Don Siffring
Annual Flowers are those who complete their life cycle in just one growing season. Annual flowers can give a warming, relaxing feeling when blooming in the yard. Annuals also give great street appeal to those who pass by the house. Annual flowers tend to bloom from spring until autumn frost. Annuals must be planted each year. [...]
Friday, January 4th, 2013 by Don Siffring
I think my neighbors wish a more traditional family had purchased our home. I look up and down the street and note that most of the homeowners brought with them the concept of a manicured lawn, a few foundation shrubs and one or two trees. On the other hand, I came to Westbrook Village with a value system of biodiversity and sustainability, with a focus on shrubs and trees and relative minimum maintenance of the lawn.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Don Siffring
A great group of volunteers in the Hastings community has been the Master Gardeners who have worked in the University of Nebraska Adams County Extension program. This group of 26 community spirited folk have contributed 2656 hours of volunteerism during 2012 . Many of these hours were in the development of the Highland Park Arboretum, located on the historic cemetery south of the Hastings Museum.
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Don Siffring
I know it’s necessary for season change to let the deciduous trees and shrubs drop foliage, but why so suddenly. Possibly the wind, combined with the dry subsoil holds the answer. No-one seems to know the best advice to give homeowners. I rely on suggestions from the University of Nebraska Horticulture department for their thoughts. Here are a few thoughts I have gathered from the Master Gardener program and specialists from Lincoln.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by Don Siffring
Fall colors appear to be evident in shrubs and trees throughout Hastings. Shrubs take on a whole new look as they transition from green to various hues of red, orange, yellow and purple. Possibly your attention is drawn to just one shrub in a setting of many green trees. Possibly your eye is drawn to a group of trees changing color, such as the oaks and maples, among a footing of green or transitioning shrubs. Grass clumps also add to this eye-appeal to your landscape.
Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 by Don Siffring
My horticulture “do in the fall” files are now on the top of the pile of things needing attention. I referred back to an article published from Lancaster County Extension in Lincoln some years back. It is a great checklist of suggestions that are as relevant now as then. It helps me prepare the yard for 2013, hopefully without a lingering drought.