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Tiny Terrors: The Voracious Japanese Beetle

japanesebeetlesoybeanThey’re baaaaccck!! That’s right, the Japanese beetles are back.  What exactly is a Japanese beetle and why should we be concerned?  Knowing a little bit about these tiny terrors will help keep your landscape from becoming their next meal. Continue reading

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Cottonwood Park Tree Planting

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The planting crew

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the next best time is now.  Fall is great because you don’t have to worry quite so much about making sure there is adequate water because the ground will freeze soon and the deciduous trees are starting to go dormant and won’t use as much water compared to during the growing season.

The Village of Wolbach was the recipient of a 2016 ReTree Nebraska Grant which provided the Village with 10 trees.  On Saturday, October 22nd the trees were planted in Cottonwood Park in Wolbach with the help from several volunteers. Continue reading


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Needle Know-How

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Yellow inner needles

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


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Getting to the Core of Fruit Trees

Apple blossoms

Apple blossoms

Cherry pie, peach cobbler, and apple crisp are just a few things that come to mind when fruit trees are mentioned.  Makes my mouth water thinking about the baked goods made with fruit from your very own tree.  It may sound simple to grow fruit trees, but there are a few rules to keep in mind when selecting the right fruit trees for your landscape.

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Winter’s Effects on Trees

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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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Is Your Christmas Tree for the Birds?

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Add a fruit garland to help feed the birds and get double duty out of you old tree. Photo by M. Frogge.

Live Christmas trees add an unmistakable ambiance to the holidays. Now that the holidays are over, the time has come to let your tree perform a different task. Get good use out of your live Christmas tree for a while longer by using it for other tasks like feeding the birds. Continue reading


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Colorful Canopies: Fall Foliage in Nebraska

Beautiful Fall Color on Campus by Tim Harwick

Beautiful Fall Color on Campus by Tim Harwick

Cooler nights, apples, pumpkin flavored everything, and football can only signal one thing, fall is here. This year has been a wonderful one to see fall color in Nebraska’s landscape. What exactly causes this fall color and how can we see it every year? The answer is more scientific than we think. Continue reading