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A Nebraska View of Horticulture


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Emerald Ash Borer Found in Kearney

Emerald Ash Borer photo David Cappaert, Michigan State University, Bugwood.org

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) confirmed the first finding in the state of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in a tree located in Omaha in 2016. Nebraska will be the 27th state to confirm the presence of the pest since 2002. More recently, this pest has been confirmed in Kearney.

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Good Golly! Look at All Of Those Galls!

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Cedar-Apple Rust Galls on Juniper

Have you notice cedar trees with orange globs? It looks like the trees have starting growing orange jelly. There is fungus among us. Find out what you can do now that infection has happened and if there is anything you can do to prevent it in the future. Continue reading


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Freeze Damage & Preemergent Timing

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Frozen Cherry Bloom Image by jggrz from Pixabay

The summer- like temperatures have been nice to have around, but we knew they couldn’t last. The warm weather subsided and snapped us back into the reality that we are only a week into April. The recent temperature fluctuations not only had us wearing shorts and sweat pants in the same week, but they also could have some impacts in our landscapes. Continue reading


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M is for Marcescence

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There is a natural progression of fall. Leaves turn colors and drop to the ground. This year, it seems that some trees aren’t quite ready to part with their leaves and are having a tough time letting go. Find out what is going on and if there is anything that you can do to aid in the process. Continue reading


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The First Steps to Landscape Flood Recovery

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Flooded Trees. Photo from https://weather-ready.unl.edu/Flood.pdf

We have been hit hard.  Flood damage to homes, structures, and roads can be noticed almost immediately.  Other damage will take time to show up; trees and landscapes are no exception.  Waiting will be the best course of action and it truly will be a measure of patience. Continue reading


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Winter Desiccation

We had been spoiled this winter.  Until now, we have had a pretty ‘calm’ winter in Central Nebraska.  This past week we were reminded of what a normal winters in Nebraska feels like.  Sustained winds and subzero temperatures weren’t just hard on us, they were also hard on our landscape.  Find out what to be on the lookout for come spring and what you can do now to help the landscape yet this winter. Continue reading


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Winter Tree Care

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Ice covered pine needles. Photo by V. Jedlicka

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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Pine Wilt Woes

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Tree on the far left was killed by pine wilt.

There is a problem affecting pine trees in Nebraska, pine wilt.  Pine wilt is caused by a tiny organism that can produce big problems.  With a little education you can be well informed on this problem and know what to do if it happens. Continue reading


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When Evergreen Doesn’t Mean Ever Green

 

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Autumn is officially here; cue the falling leaves, cool nights, and yellowing pine trees. Knowing the cause of the discolored needles will help to know if it is nature taking its course or if it is a disease infecting your trees. Continue reading