Digging Deeper with Backyard Farmer| Q & A Bayside Golf Course

Digging Deeper with Backyard Farmer| Q & A Bayside Golf Course


*>>>WELCOME ONCE AGAIN TO “DIGGING DEEPER” WITH BACKYARD FARMER. I’M KIM TODD AND WE DIG INTO THE BEST AND GREATEST GARDENING TOPICS IN THE WORLD IN NEBRASKA. HERE WE ARE AT BEAUTIFUL BAYSIDE GOLF CLUB IN BRULE AND SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO SINCE WE ALWAYS LIKE TO RESPOND TO WHAT OUR AUDIENCE WANTS IS WE ARE GOING TO LET THE AUDIENCE ASK US THOSE QUESTIONS TONIGHT. WE ALSO ALREADY HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE WHO HAVE SORT OF VOLUNTEERED, RIGHT, TO COME TO THE MIC, SO HAVE AT IT, ASK YOUR QUESTION, AND PANEL, YOU BETTER BE READY TO ANSWER.>>RIGHT, I LIVED IN THE SEWARD NEBRASKA AREA AND THIS IS A WEEPING WILLOW QUESTION. I’VE NOW KILLED MY SECOND ONE AND THE TWO GARDEN CENTERS OVER THE YEARS THAT I’VE GOTTEN THEM FROM HAVE ALL SAID THAT ANYBODY CAN GROW A WEEPING WILLOW. AND SO ANYWAY I REALLY WANT TO TRY THE THIRD TIME’S A CHARM TYPE OF THING. SO WHERE SHOULD I PUT IT?>>ELIZABETH?>>SO WEEPING WILLOW IS JUST LIKE IN THE SAME PLANT FAMILY AS THE REGULAR WILLOW AND THE COTTONWOODS AND THEY LIKE WET SOIL. AND SO THOSE WEEPING WILLOWS ARE GOING TO BE IN THOSE SPOTS. THE QUESTIONS I HAVE ARE WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SYMPTOMS THAT IT HAD WHEN IT DIED.>>TURNED YELLOW, IT GETS VERY YELLOW AND THEN THERE WILL JUST BE CERTAIN BRANCHES THAT TURN BROWN.>>CANKER. LYLE, CANKER?>>YEAH, IT COULD BE A CANKER IF YOU FOLLOW THE BRANCHES BACK DOWN TO THE SOIL AND PRUNE.>>BUY FROM A GOOD RELIABLE SOURCE AND BUY AS SMALL, DON’T YOU THINK, ELIZABETH, AS SMALL OF A TREE AS YOU CAN.>>RIGHT.>>OKAY. GOOD LUCK. SEND US A PICTURE WHEN IT DIES AGAIN. [LAUGHTER]>>YES, SIR.>>MY QUESTION DEALS WITH THRIPS. I HAVE A FRIEND THAT HAS A PRETTY GOOD-SIZED HOBBY GREENHOUSE. HE GROWS PRIMARILY BEDDING PLANTS AND VEGETABLES AND THIS SUMMER WE HAD A LOT OF THRIPS ON THE MARIGOLDS AND TOMATOES. I HAVE TWO PARTS TO MY QUESTIONS. FIRST, WILL THRIPS TARGET CERTAIN PLANTS ONLY IN A GREENHOUSE AND A SECOND PART IS I DON’T LIKE TO USE CHEMICALS IN THE GREENHOUSE SO WHAT CAN I DO AND MY FRIEND DO THIS SUMMER FALL, WINTER TO MINIMIZE NUMBER OF THRIPS THAT WILL BE IN THE GREENHOUSE NEXT SUMMER?>>OKAY, THRIPS-ES.>>THAT’S A GOOD ONE.>>YEAH.>>THRIPS.>>I KNOW.>>IT’S ALWAYS THRIPS.>>I KNOW.>>SINGLE, PLURAL, THRIPS. SO A NON-CHEMICAL SOLUTION FOR THRIPS. ONCE THEY’RE IN THE GREENHOUSE THEY’RE GOING TO GO FOR WHATEVER’S AVAILABLE. MOST THRIPS ARE NOT REAL PICKY. SOME MAY PREFER LEAF FOLIAGE OVER FLOWERS. AS FAR AS NON-CHEMICAL, DO YOU HAVE ANY SCREENING OVER YOUR VENTS AT ALL?>>WE DO NOT.>>YOU DO NOT. THAT WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE TO START AND TO KEEP THRIPS OUT YOU’RE GOING TO NEED A VERY FINE MESH SCREENING, SO THAT WHEN THOSE VENTS OPEN UP IT KEEPS THEM FROM COMING INSIDE. SO ONCE YOU HAVE THAT ESTABLISHED LEAVE THE GREENHOUSE BARE FOR AWHILE TO CLEAN THEM OUT AND IF YOU WANTED TO AT THAT POINT YOU COULD DO A CHEMICAL APPLICATION WITHIN THE GREENHOUSE WHILE IT’S EMPTY SO YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE AFFECTING YOUR PLANTS THAT YOU’RE GOING TO BE TRYING TO GROW. GET THAT SCREENING UP AND TRY TO EXCLUDE THEM.>>SO MAYBE I COULD MAKE THE GREENHOUSE THIS SUMMER AND THEN FUMIGATE IT IN THE FALL POSSIBLY?>>YEAH, THAT WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO GO ABOUT GETTING IT CLEANED UP AND READY FOR YOUR PRODUCTION NEXT YEAR.>>AND PUT THE SCREENS ON.>>YEAH.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>SO BEFORE OUR NEXT PERSON STEPS TO THE MIC I WANT TO THANK OUR AUDIENCE FOR COMING AND BRAVING THAT SUN BEFORE THE SUN DECIDED TO DO US A FAVOR AND GO DOWN AND NOT CREATE THE STORMS BEFORE WE’RE FINISHED, BUT WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE IT. WE COULD NOT HAVE EITHER “DIGGING DEEPER” OR “BACKYARD FARMER” WITHOUT YOU GUYS. ALL RIGHT, YOUR TURN.>>HI THERE. I HAVE A QUESTION WHICH MAYBE KIM REALLY OUGHT TO ANSWER –>>UH-OH.>>– IN THE FORM OF A LIGHTNING ROUND, BUT THIS IS A PRUNING QUESTION. FOR SEASONS, MANY SEASONS THERE’S ALWAYS TWO ANSWERS TO THE QUESTION WHEN’S THE BEST TIME TO PRUNE. ONE IS OFTEN WHEN YOU’RE THERE AND THE SAW IS SHARP, AND THE OTHER, KIM, YOU HAVE A LITTLE QUIP THAT I THINK IS “WHEN THE GREEN IS ON THE PRUNING’S GONE.” I THINK I HEARD THAT FALL RIGHT AFTER THE NEBRASKA ARBORIST ASSOCIATION RELEASED SOME NEW STANDARDS FOR PRUNING. SO HERE WE GO, CONFUSION. THE NEBRASKA ARBORIST ASSOCIATION SAYS ALTHOUGH ELMS AND OAKS ARE REALLY GOOD IN WINTER MOST SHOULD BE SAVED UNTIL SPRING OF APRIL, MAY AND JUNE BECAUSE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSE OF THE REACTION ZONE THEY HEAL FASTER. THEY’RE GROWING AND THEY HEAL FAST. HOWEVER, IF YOU READ AND LISTEN TO ROGER COOK ON THIS OLD HOUSE WHICH WE DO, HE SAYS AH, MAPLES ONLY AFTER THE SAP FLOWS AND THE LEAVES ARE ON. AND THEN THE EXTENSION SERVICE SAYS, OH, NOT WITH CONIFERS. EVERGREENS ARE DIFFERENT AND MOST CONIFERS AND PINES AFTER NEW GROWTH. WHAT’S A HOMEOWNER TO DO?>>CALL US. [LAUGHTER]>>WITH A SPECIFIC TREE, RIGHT?>>WITH A SPECIFIC TREE. YOU’RE RIGHT ON ALL COUNTS DON’T YOU THINK, ELIZABETH SINCE YOU KNOW THIS AS WELL?>>YEP, AND I WAS THERE WHEN THE ARBORISTS ALSO SAID YOU KNOW THAT PHYSIOLOGICALLY THEY’RE GOING TO HEAL FASTER IF YOU DO IT. THE HARD PART AT THAT POINT IN TIME IN THE YEAR IS SOMETIMES YOU CAN’T SEE BRANCHING ANGLES.>>RIGHT.>>SO IF I’M LOOKING AT BRANCHING ANGLES OR I’M LOOKING AT CO-DOMINANT LEADERS, I’M GOING TO BE DOING IT WHEN IT’S DORMANT AND I DON’T WANT TO DO OAK WILT, SO I’M GOING TO PRUNE THOSE AT A DIFFERENT TIME OF YEAR AND CONIFERS IF I WANT TO TAKE THEM DOWN TO A SMALLER SIZE I’M GOING TO RECOMMEND AFTER THE NEW GROWTH IS ON, SO IT REALLY IS SPECIES SPECIFIC, JUST LIKE THERE’S A MILLION ANSWERS ON HOW TO PRUNE A TREE, IT’S REALLY SPECIFIC ON WHEN TO PRUNE A TREE, WHAT TYPE OF TREE IT IS.>>WELL, IT’S REALLY COMPLICATED FOR THE HOMEOWNER WHO DOESN’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TREE THEY REALLY HAVE.>>WHICH IS WHY THEY SEND US PICTURES.>>OKAY. THAT WAS THE QUESTION. YOU DODGED IT THOUGH.>>OF COURSE! [LAUGHTER]>>YOU KNOW, I ALWAYS TELL PEOPLE I DON’T HAVE TO KNOW ANYTHING, I JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHO GETS THE QUESTION. [LAUGHTER]>>YES, SIR?>>WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF ANYBODY ELSE HAS GOT THIS PROBLEM THIS SUMMER, BUT I’VE HAD WATERMELON AND CANTALOUPE SEEDS IN THE GROUND SINCE MAY 16TH AND THEY HAVE NOT APPEARED, SO THAT’S MY FIRST QUESTION IS DO I REPLANT OR DO I HOPE THAT THEY WILL COME UP EVENTUALLY? MY SECOND QUESTION HAS TO DO WITH GLADIOLAS. I’M A HUGE GLADIOLA GROWER. I PLANT ABOUT 500 BULBS EVERY SPRING AND THEN DIG THEM UP IN THE FALL, AND I’M TIRED OF CLEANING THEM OFF EVERY WINTER. DO YOU HAVE TO CLEAN THEM CLEAR DOWN TO A LOT OF TIMES THEY HAVE A LITTLE STEM COMING UP OUT OF THEM, SO I’M TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON MY WORK TIME, SO.>>SO WHERE ARE YOU AT IN THE STATE? THAT’S THE FIRST QUESTION.>>PAXTON, NEBRASKA.>>OKAY, SO I PLANTED MY CUCUMBERS AND THEY TOOK LONGER THAN AVERAGE TO COME UP THIS YEAR. I THOUGHT THEY WEREN’T COMING UP SO I REPLANTED THEM, SO IT TOOK ABOUT 10-14 DAYS WHICH MOST OF THE TIME, MY MUSKMELON WAS UP IN SEVEN. SO I WOULD SAY WAIT IF YOU HAVE GOOD SEED. SO IF YOU DID YOUR GERM TEST OR IF YOU’RE CONCERNED, I WOULD DO THE WET PAPER TOWEL METHOD AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE GOOD SEED OR BOUGHT NEW SEED.>>THEY WERE NEW SEED.>>THEY WERE NEW SEEDS, THEN IF IT WAS ME I’D PLANT SOME EXTRA ONES AND PLANT THEM IN A LITTLE DIFFERENT SPOT AND THEN I’D SEE WHO WINS. BECAUSE A LOT OF THAT YOU’RE WAITING FOR WARMER SOIL TEMPERATURES AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE QUITE AS SOGGY WITH THOSE. SO IT’S JUST GOING TO BE KIND OF A WAIT AND SEE. I DON’T WANT TO TELL YOU TO PLANT MORE, BUT EASIER TO THIN THEM OUT THAN TO WAIT AND HAVE NOTHING COME UP.>>AND ON THE GLADIOLA QUESTION I’M GOING TO TOSS THAT TO EITHER KYLE OR YOU CAN’T HAVE IT, BILL IT’S NOT TURF. OR IT’S WAYNE FOR SANITATION.>>YEAH, I MEAN REALLY YOU WANT TO GET RID OF ALL THE DEAD MATERIAL, BECAUSE ANY TIME YOU HAVE THE DEAD PLANT MATERIAL NOW THE NATURAL DEFENSES WON’T BE THERE AND A LOT OF THESE OTHER DISEASES CAN COME AND ATTACK IT. IT WILL JUST SERVE AS AN INOCULUM SOURCE THEN FOR NEXT YEAR, SO IF YOU DO KIND OF WANT TO CUT SOME CORNERS ON SANITATION, IT CAN REALLY COME BACK TO BITE YOU IN THE NEXT SPRING WHEN YOU COME BACK AGAIN.>>OKAY, THANK YOU.>>ALL RIGHT, NEXT UP! YOU GUYS ARE GREAT, BY THE WAY. A LOT OF OUR AUDIENCES WON’T DO THIS. [LAUGHTER]>>I’M FROM ALLIANCE, NEBRASKA OR HEMINGFORD ACTUALLY, AND I PLANTED A YUCCA PROBABLY TEN YEARS AGO AND IT WAS JUST A LITTLE BITTY THING, AND NOW IT’S LIKE FOUR OR FIVE BIG THINGS AND I WAS WONDERING WHAT I DO TO — I DON’T WANT TO PRUNE IT BECAUSE IT’S VERY POKEY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO PUT ON IT TO KILL IT OR WHAT I’D NEED TO DO.>>SO LET’S HEAR IF WE HAVE THE ANSWER THAT IS LEGAL OR THE ANSWER THAT ISN’T. [LAUGHTER]>>IF YOU WANT TO KILL THEM, YOU CAN’T. IF YOU WANT THEM TO SURVIVE THEY WON’T. SO THAT BEING SAID, YOU KNOW SHARP SPADE. I KNOW THEY’VE GOT A BIG ROOT SYSTEM, IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE YOUR BEST BET. MY CONCERN IS THAT IF YOU TRY TO KILL ONE YOU’RE LOOKING AT PUTTING SOME SPREADER STICKERS AND LOTS OF STUFF IN THAT TANK MIX TO GET THAT PRODUCT TO STICK TO IT, BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT IT’S REALLY, YOU KNOW — I CAN’T THINK OF THE WORD — SLICK, AND IT’S JUST NOT GOING TO HAVE A GOOD CONTACT WITH THAT, SO THAT’S WHERE YOU MIGHT BE LOOKING AT TRYING TO DIG THOSE GUYS, CHOPPING THEM INSTEAD OF SPRAYING. I DON’T KNOW, BILL?>>I’M WORRIED LITTLE CHILDREN WILL COME ALONG BECAUSE IT’S KIND OF OUT BY THE STREET, AND I DON’T WANT TO GET THEM POKED IN THE EYE, OR — AND I DIDN’T THINK OF THAT WHEN I PLANTED THEM THERE BECAUSE IT WAS SUCH A LITTLE THING.>>THEY WERE CUTE, AND THEN THEY DIDN’T END UP DOWN THERE.>>SO YEAH, BILL, DO YOU EVER ENCOUNTER THAT ON GOLF COURSES UP THIS WAY?>>WE DO ON GOLF COURSES, A LOT OF THESE SAND HILLS GOLF COURSES THEY’LL SHAPE THE FAIRWAYS OR THE GREENS AND THEN THEY JUST KEEP COMING UP RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PUTTING GREENS. I KNOW THERE’S SOME NEW COURSES IN THE SAND HILLS THAT HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THIS AND IT USUALLY IS A PERSISTENT APPROACH OF JUST TRYING TO CUT IT UP AS IT KEEPS GOING. YOU’RE EXHAUSTING THE SUGAR FROM THE ROOT STALK, BUT IT’S A BATTLE AND I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD AT ALL FROM A CHEMICAL CONTROL ON YUCCA. UNFORTUNATELY, IT MIGHT BE A PERSISTENCE TYPE OF AN APPROACH WITH THAT GUY.>>AND SOMETIMES THEY DON’T RESPOND WELL TO FIRE.>>RIGHT.>>I MEAN, I’M JUST SAYING, IF YOU DO IT SAFELY, THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING ELSE TOO.>>LIVING OUT ON A RANCH I KNOW THAT FIRE DOESN’T KILL THEM EITHER.>>GOT TO BE HOT.>>THEY MAY SINGE THEM, BUT –>>JUST GOT TO BE THERE, AND GET ‘EM GOOD.>>OKAY, THANK YOU.>>ALL RIGHT, ON THAT SORT OF DEPRESSING NOTE — [LAUGHTER]>>SORRY.>>WHAT ELSE CAN WE NOT HELP YOU WITH?>>I HAVE A SPECIMEN HERE. I HAVE THREE COTOEASTERS. I LIVE IN OGALLALA. AND LAST YEAR AT THE END OF THE YEAR THEY JUST BECAME INFESTED WITH THAT –>>YUCK.>>WHATEVER, AND I STARTED TO TRIM IT BACK, CUT, CUT, CUT, BUT THEN IT WAS JUST ENGULFED IN ALL OF THEM. THIS YEAR YOU CAN HARDLY SEE IT. IT’S REALLY SPREADING COMING OUT OF THAT. SO I GUESS I’D LIKE TO KNOW IF THAT COMES BACK THIS FALL WHAT I COULD PUT ON IT, HOPEFULLY SOMETHING THAT’S GREEN.>>THIS HAPPENS IN THE FALL?>>WHAT?>>OR DOES IT HAPPEN IN THE SPRING? WHEN’S THE TIMING?>>IT HAPPENS IN THE FALL, LATE SUMMER, AND JUST OVER A PERIOD OF A VERY SHORT TIME IT WAS ENGULFED, ALL OF THEM.>>IS THERE AN INSECT IN THERE?>>THERE’S SILK WEBBING IN HERE.>>YEAH.>>SO IT’S PROBABLY INSECT RELATED. I WOULD GO WITH AS SOON AS YOU START SEEING THEM I WOULD GO WITH A LABELED SHRUB INSECT KILLER.>>OKAY.>>THAT’S TOPICAL.>>WAYNE, TURN THAT OUT A LITTLE.>>OH, THEY’RE TRYING TO GET A — I SEE. SO THAT YOU CAN CATCH IT BEFORE THEY MAKE IT.>>OKAY.>>THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO BECAUSE ONCE THEY’RE INSIDE THAT PROTECTIVE, YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET ANYTHING TO THEM AND YOU’LL BE LATE IN THE YEAR SO A SYSTEMIC WILL LIKELY GO DOWN INSTEAD OF UP, SO I WOULDN’T WANT TO GO THAT ROUTE EITHER.>>OKAY.>>AS SOON AS YOU START SEEING THE FIRST SIGNS OF THE FIRST ONE, THAT’S WHEN YOU WANT TO GO AFTER IT.>>OKAY, WELL, IT HAPPENS QUICKLY. THANK YOU.>>YEAH.>>ALL RIGHT.>>SO THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT WE’RE DOING OF COURSE, ON DIGGING DEEPER, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PARTICIPATE ON FACEBOOK. SEND US YOUR COMMENTS, SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS, BECAUSE THE WHOLE POINT OF DIGGING DEEPER IS FOR THE AUDIENCE TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT. YOUR TURN!>>JUST A QUICK NOTE ON YOUR GLADIOLA QUESTIONS.>>UH-HUH.>>I LIVE IN AN OLD HOUSE THAT WAS BUILT IN THE ’50S, AND I PLANTED GLADS ABOUT SIX INCHES FROM THE FOUNDATION PRETTY DEEP AND MOST OF THEM SURVIVED ABOUT 15, 20 YEARS WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING, JUST LET THEM GROW. SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO PULL ‘EM IN THE FALL, LET THEM DO. SO MY QUESTION IS I LIVE ABOUT 15 MILES STRAIGHT WEST UP ON THE TABLELAND BETWEEN THOSE TWO RIVER VALLEYS. NOW, WHAT KIND OF FRUIT TREES — I GOT A LOT APPLES — WHAT ARE THE HARDIES LIKE CHERRY, PEACH PLUM, APRICOT DO YOU RECOMMEND TO PLANT? I’VE GOT A FEW STARTED, BUT I’D LIKE TO GET FOOTERS. THERE’S A LOT OF CHOICES OUT THERE, WHAT’S THE BEST ONE FOR ME?>>SO RIGHT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD WHEN WE’RE TALKING CHERRIES, YOU WANT TART CHERRIES. YOU DON’T WANT SWEET CHERRIES BINGS WILL NOT DO WELL FOR YOU. MONTMORENCY, NORTH STAR ARE THE TWO THAT COME TO MIND.>>OKAY.>>WHEN WE TAKE A LOOK AT PEACHES, GOOD LUCK. RED HAVEN, HALE HAVEN ARE THE ONES THAT COME TO MIND FIRST. APRICOTS, FOR SOME REASON MOONGLOW IS COMING TO MY MIND. WE DO HAVE A NEB GUIDE ABOUT FRUIT TREE CULTIVARS FOR NEBRASKA, AND IT WILL TELL YOU WHAT POLLINATORS YOU’RE GOING TO NEED BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU’RE GOING TO REQUIRE THAT POLLINATOR AND SO THAT’S GOING TO BE ONE THAT I’D HAVE YOU TAKE A LOOK AT FIRST. THAT BEING SAID, WE KNOW IT’S A LITTLE BIT MORE DIFFICULT OUT HERE TO GROW FRUIT TREES, AND SO ON AVERAGE FRUIT TREES IN A COMMERCIAL SETTING LIKE PEACHES WILL BE ABOUT EIGHT YEARS, SO IT TAKES THREE YEARS TO PRODUCE SO APRICOTS YOU MIGHT GET SOME. YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOME THAT BLOOM AS LATE AS POSSIBLE.>>OKAY.>>OTHERWISE, YOU’RE NEVER GOIN TO GET ANY FRUIT, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A NICE-LOOKING TREE.>>I ALWAYS SAID YOU PLANT TREES FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. MY FATHER WAS PULLING PINE TREES IN HIS DIAPER BEHIND MY GRANDMA AND HE’S 92 RIGHT NOW BUT THE PINES ARE BEAUTIFUL.>>THERE YOU GO.>>WE GOT SEVERAL THOUSANDS OF TREES IN THE YARD AND WE PLANTED TREES SINCE I WAS THIS HIGH, AND I AM PLANTING THEM FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.>>THERE YOU GO.>>EXCEPT FOR THOSE PEACHES THAT ONLY LIVE EIGHT YEARS. [LAUGHTER]>>WELL, REALITY IS I’LL PROBABLY LIVE LONGER TO GET A PEACH. [LAUGHTER]>>YOU MIGHT.>>THANKS FOR COMING TO WESTERN NEBRASKA.>>OUR PLEASURE.>>IF I CAN JUST FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET YOU GUYS ON DISH NETWORK SO I CAN ACTUALLY SEE YOU OUT HERE ON TV WITHOUT HAVING TO GO{ }–>>WHOA, DISH NETWORK. [LAUGHTER]>>THEY’RE NOT AVAILABLE ON OUR TV. WHEN YOU’RE IN NEBRASKA. I WAS COUNTY COMMISSIONER. WE GET DENVER NEWS, NOT NEBRASKA NEWS.>>I KNOW.>>WHICH IS PATHETIC.>>I KNOW. WE HEAR YOUR PAIN.>>PUSH ON AND WORK ON IT. THANK YOU.>>ALL RIGHT, WE HAVE TIME FOR MAYBE A COUPLE MORE AS I UNDERSTAND IT.>>TURF QUESTION.>>GOOD.>>YAY!>>LIVE IN THE GOLF COURSE HERE. I LIVE IN OMAHA, IN PAPILLION AND HAVE A CABIN ABOUT A MILE WEST OF HERE. MISS MY BLUEGRASS, MISS MY BAREFOOT TURF GRASS.>>YEP.>>AND STRUGGLING WITH SOMETHING THAT WOULD GROW, PUSH OUT THE SANDBURS. IS THAT ZOYSIA OUT HERE? IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WOULD WORK OUT HERE?>>NO, I’M GOING TO SAY, WE’RE STILL, THIS IS BLUEGRASS AND THEN EVEN YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE A TOUGH TIME WITH THE — IN THIS CLIMATE THE BUFFALO — OH, BLUE GRAMA IS THE MIXTURE YOU NORMALLY WOULD SEE NATURALLY NEAR THE SHORT GRASS PRAIRIES.>>I HAVE SOME OF THAT DOWN BUT IT’S JUST NOT PUSHING THE SANDBURS OUT.>>YEAH, THE SANDBURS ARE GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE EITHER WAY AND YOU KNOW, TO REALLY CONTROL THEM YOU’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT LIKE A TENACITY APPLICATION AND YOU MIGHT NEED TO CONTRACT SOMEONE MAYBE AT THE GOLF COURSE HERE OR SOMEONE LOCALLY THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO TREAT FOR YOU.>>OKAY.>>OTHERWISE, THE BLUEGRASS ACTUALLY IS PRETTY WELL ADAPTED FOR OUR COUTURES AND GRASSES HERE. THERE’S EVEN SOME NEWER ONES NOW THAT GROW VERY SLOW, SO IF YOU’RE WORRIED ABOUT LIKE KEEPING UP THE MOWING WHEN YOU’RE IN OMAHA, THEN GRASS GROWING HERE, SOME OF THESE NEW EVEN THEY CALL THEM VACATION BLUEGRASSES ARE BEING RELEASED BY SOME OF THE BIG GRASS SEED MANUFACTURERS. THEY GROW EXTREMELY SLOW. THAT CAN BE A CHALLENGE IF YOU HAVE TRAFFIC LIKE KIDS AND PETS.>>RIGHT.>>BUT IF IT’S JUST SITTING HERE AND YOU JUST NEED TO HAVE IT LOOK NICE AND NOT GROW TOO MUCH THAT BE SOME POTENTIALLY YOU MIGHT SEE A YEAR OR TWO DOWN THE LINE THAT YOU COULD THINK ABOUT PLANTING IN THIS CLIMATE AND IT SHOULD BE OKAY IF YOU GET SOME FERTILITY DOWN. I MEAN SANDY SOILS HERE NEED A LITTLE BIT OF EXTRA FERTILIZER YOU KNOW, LIGHTER AMOUNTS OF WATER MORE FREQUENTLY THAN YOU WOULD IN THE HEAVY SOILS OF OMAHA.>>WHAT TIME OF YEAR IS BEST TO THROW SEED?>>WE’LL DO THAT HERE WOULD BE EARLY AUGUST. YOU DON’T WANT TO GO TOO LATE BECAUSE IT STARTS TO COOL OFF QUICKER, HARDER FROSTS COMING A LITTLE BIT SOONER, AND SO YOU WANT TO DO THAT EARLY AUGUST SO YOU’D WANT TO KIND OF PREP THE SOIL IN JULY.>>OKAY, SUPER, THANK YOU.>>YEAH, NO PROBLEM.>>AND OUR VERY LAST GUEST GETS TO ASK HER QUESTION.>>HI. ABOUT A YEAR AGO — I’M FROM PERKINS COUNTY IN MADRID — AND ABOUT A YEAR AGO I PLANTED SOME AZALEAS AND I PLANTED SEVERAL AND THEY DID WONDERFUL LAST YEAR AND THEN THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO BE HARDY TO 20 BELOW, AND SO I COVERED SOME OF THEM AND DIDN’T COVER THE REST OF THEM. THE ONES THAT I DIDN’T COVER DIDN’T COME BACK AT ALL, BUT THE ONES THAT I DID COVER, WHEN WE TOOK THE COVERS OFF THEY LOOKED WONDERFUL. THEY WERE ALL GREEN AND EVERYTHING, BUT SINCE THEN TWO OF THOSE THAT WERE ABOUT TWO AND A HALF FOOT TALL JUST KIND OF LIKE WENT KAPUT, BUT I DO HAVE SOME NEW GROWTH COMING UP FROM THE BOTTOM, AND I DIDN’T KNOW IF I SHOULD LEAVE IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS OR IF I NEED TO TAKE THEM OUT AND REPLANT.>>AZALEAS ARE GOING TO BE TOUGH FOR YOU. THEY’RE JUST NOT A REALLY GOOD CENTRAL WESTERN NEBRASKA PLANT. SO THAT’S WHERE IF YOU ARE GOING TO COVER THEM WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT IT’S GOOD AND COLD BECAUSE THE WHOLE REASON WE’RE COVERING THEM IS TO PREVENT THOSE TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS.>>OKAY.>>SO I DON’T KNOW WHEN YOU UNCOVERED THEM DID YOU GET SNOW AFTERWARDS, OR DID YOU GET YOUR COLD TEMPERATURES OR –>>YEAH, I THINK WE DID.>>SO THAT MIGHT BE –>>SO MAYBE WE TOOK THE COVERS OFF TOO SOON.>>BUT IT’S HARD TO KNOW BECAUSE YOU WERE WARM, YOU GUYS WERE WARM SO LATE IN THE SEASON AND THEN YOU WARMED UP AND THEN WE PLUMMETED.>>NOT REALLY. [LAUGHING]>>THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THE FIRST WEEK WE’VE REALLY HAD STEADY WARM.>>YEAH.>>SO THEY ALSO NEED REALLY REALLY ACID SOIL.>>YEAH, IT’S IN UNDERNEATH SOME SPRUCE TREES.>>NOT ACID ENOUGH.>>REALLY?>>NO. YOU NEED A PH THAT IS WAY DOWN THERE, 5.5 TO 6.0 AT THE HIGHEST.>>OKAY.>>OUR SOILS HERE ARE HIGHLY BUFFERED AND SO THE ROCK ITSELF IS A HIGH PH ROCK THAT MAKES UP THE SOIL, AND SO THAT’S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE. IF YOU DO WANT TO ACIDIFY YOUR SOIL THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS ACTUALLY BRING SOIL IN AND THEN YOU CAN USE ALUMINUM, WHICH YOU CAN’T — YOU NEED TO PUT IT IN THE SOIL, MIX IT, ADD WATER AND BRING THE PH DOWN AND YOU CAN LET IT WAIT FOR WEEKS BECAUSE IT’S TOO HOT, IT WOULD BURN IN THE PLANT.>>OKAY.>>BUT THAT’S WHAT YOU COULD DO IN A SOIL THAT MAYBE NATIVE, BUT YOU BROUGHT SOIL IN THAT YOU COULD ACTUALLY BRING THOSE PHS DOWN A LITTLE BIT SO YOU’RE ALMOST LIKE CONTAINER PLANTING WHEN YOU SEE PEOPLE DO THAT MORE WITH LIKE STRAWBERRIES, AND SO MAYBE THAT’S NOT FEASIBLE IN AN AZALEA, BUT THAT’S KIND OF THE INTENSITY OF ACIDIFICATION THAT YOU NEED. YOU CAN’T GET IT WITH PINES OR SULPHUR APPLICATIONS OR ANY OF THOSE. YOU NEED SOME REALLY STRONG CHEMISTRY.>>EVEN THE PLANT FOOD THAT YOU PUT DOWN FOR AZALEAS, THAT’S NOT ENOUGH EITHER?>>NO, IT’S A BUFFERING.>>YOU’D HAVE TO DO IT ONCE A WEEK, ACTUALLY, AND OUR AZALEA COLLECTION ON CAMPUS WE AMENDED THAT SOIL SIGNIFICANTLY EVEN IN LINCOLN 30 YEARS AGO BEFORE WE PLANTED, SO MIGHT BE ONE THAT YOU GET TO LOOK AT FROM AFAR.>>OKAY.>>THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTION.>>ONE OTHER JUST TECHNICAL QUESTION IS SOMETIMES AND I DON’T KNOW IF ANYBODY ELSE HAS THIS PROBLEM, BUT SOMETIMES WHEN I’M WATCHING YOU ON TV THE SIGNAL GETS ALL — THE PICTURE GETS ALL PIXELATED AND –>>WE DO THAT ON PURPOSE. [LAUGHTER]>>THAT’S YOUR TOP SECRET RIGHT? [LAUGHTER] YEAH, BECAUSE THEN I MISSED OUT ON ONE WHOLE SEGMENT OF THE SHOW BECAUSE IT WAS DOING THAT.>>YOU CAN WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE. SO YOU CAN STREAM IT ALWAYS. THE SHOWS ARE ALWAYS ON YOUTUBE THE WHOLE SHOW.>>OKAY, THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>WELL, AND UNFORTUNATELY, THAT IS ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR DIGGING DEEPER TONIGHT FROM BEAUTIFUL BAYSIDE GOLF CLUB IN BRULE, NEBRASKA. MAKE SURE YOU WATCH US ON FACEBOOK, 6:30 IN THE EVENING ON SUNDAY AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. WONDERFUL AUDIENCE.

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