Waterwise Wednesday: Leafy Tips

Precautionary tips since the leaves are falling …

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1. Check and clear the gutters for leaves, if you haven’t already. Leaves can clog both street and building gutters, quickly causing flooding and water damage.

2. Wet leaves can be a slipping or fall hazard on sidewalks and curbs, so move leaves back to the yard or garden from the gutter.

3. Piles of leaves are fun to jump in, but also great habitat for beetles, mites, and other insects – and the animals that feed on them. So look before leaping into the pile.

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Waterwise Wednesday: Showstopping Colors

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The showcase of colors and texture – it’s one more reason to plant native. Over the next few weeks, the Panhandle will be transforming into a showcase of rich burgundy, reds, yellows, and tans among flowing seed heads, a sign of Fall in the high plains.

 

Photo: Milkweed seed head at East Overland Entryway by L. Sato

Waterwise Wednesday: Wind Down Watering

A cooler forecast heralds the official start of Autumn. Take nature’s cue and wind down lawn watering to once a week. According the Panhandle Bluegrass Calendar, now is the time for broad leaf weed control (like bindweed) too. Since broad leaf weeds stockpile nutrients to their roots in the early Fall, the herbicide is absorbed there too and works more effectively to eradicate the plant.

For more info see: https://extension.unl.edu/stat…/panhandle/turfgrass_calendar

 

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Waterwise Wednesday: Levees of Leaves

  Falling leaves signal the official arrival of Autumn. Put leaves to good use as insulating mulch in a garden bed, make them into compost, or shred them across the lawn as a natural fertilizer. Left to lie in gutters, leaves quickly clog storm drains leading to flooding in a Fall storm and nutrient pollution as the leaves degrade in the storm sewer. Pile ’em up and enjoy the benefits of leaves next spring!