Kurt Voigt

Ornamental grasses – the forgotten soldier

Tired of hedging your privet or photinia? Do you have lots of ground to cover but don’t want a bunch of plants you have to cut back or deadhead every two weeks? Are you water m ...

Ground impossible to work? Then raise it

A friend called me to help solve a problem with her mother’s backyard landscape. The soil was impervious to shovel and pick, which is typical Lincoln soil in the Teal Hollow pa ...

Lavender: a landscape mainstay

The month of May, for me, is surely one of the best months in the landscape for flowers and bloom time. The rockrose, day lilies, roses, hawthorn, Mexican evening primrose and la ...

California natives: curses and blessings

Say this in your head: “California Natives...” What does that say or mean to you? One definition, according to Emile L. Labadie in his book, “Native Plants for use in the ...

Some drought-resistancde plants for thought

With the temperatures warming up, the sun coming out and thoughts of “Going Green” for spring peaking your curiosity, I would like to share some successful ideas for planting i ...

Now is bare-root fruit tree time

Lincoln residents live in a versatile and dynamic climate zone, zone 9, with a nine-month growing season. What makes this zone so special is the heat we receive in the summer for ...

Our yards are big laboratories, have fun with it

By Kurt Voigt Special to The News Messenger Finally getting the opportunity to write about what I love to do and what I’ve been doing for the last 20 years was an opportunity I ...