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A Tree-mendous Investment

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Trees grown in root producing containers

Spring is here which means that it’s a wonderful time to plant a tree.  There are lots of choices out there when it comes to selecting a tree.  Find out some tree selecting and planting tips to make sure your tree is a long-term investment. Continue reading

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Pruning Principles

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Pick the right equipment and make proper pruning cuts.

Pruning is a science, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating.  There are some pruning guidelines that act as a starting point that make pruning a bit easier.  Choosing the correct tools for the job will ensure success and a healthy plant.  Lastly, a little knowledge of the plant you are pruning will help in the process and give you wonderful looking plants. Continue reading


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Good Night, Try To Sleep Tight…

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Bed Bug Comparison by life stages. Photo by Jody Green

There may be more to the whole ‘Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite’ bedtime rhyme than you think.  A recent survey has shown an increase in the areas’ bed bug population.  So what exactly do these insect look like and how can you prevent their dreaded bite? Continue reading


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Winter Watering?!?

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Give trees a slow soak when temperatures are warm enough.

Happy Holidays! Winter in Nebraska can be summed up in one word, unpredictable.  No matter what the weather does this winter, break out of the house to complete a few quick and easy tasks in your landscape to keep you trees and shrubs in tip-top shape.   Continue reading


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Don’t Eat That: Holiday Edition

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Poinsettias are not as poisonous as once thought.

The holiday season is upon us.  The cookies are baked, the decorations are up, and the holiday plants are blooming with all of their glory.  Some of our favorite holiday plants have a potentially dangerous side and can do more than just add color to our homes.  Do you think you know which of your holiday plants are safe and which ones are dangerous?  Continue reading