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Dealing with Storm Damaged Trees

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Storm Damaged Trees- Photo by S. Cochran

The recent storms have reminded us about what severe weather can do.  They have been a good reminder to have a severe weather plan in place, and that includes one for your trees.  Take advantage of the break in the rain and storms to scout for potential issues in your landscape trees.  Continue reading

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Mother’s Day and Veggies?

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A few frost tolerant plants in a container.

Mother’s Day has come and gone and you know what that means.  No, it is not time to stop being nice to Mom, it’s time to start planting those tender vegetable crops in your garden.  Knowing what, when, and how to plant can offer many rewards in the long run. Continue reading


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What is Extension?

Just a little bit about Nebraska Extension.

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Often times when I tell people I work at the “Extension Office” they have no idea what it is we do. It is so hard to describe without giving a plethora of information. One of our signature programs people often most often associate with is the 4-H program. While this is a large and very successful component of Extension, it is only one of many programs.ExtensionDifferencepic

Everyday, whether you know it or not, you have most likely been indirectly impacted by Extension programming. Extension essentially takes science and research-based information from the University Of Nebraska – Lincoln and delivers it into the hands of the public. We make UNL easily accessible to the public. For example, we provide services and resources to the agricultural community, but also sectors as diverse as nutrition, health care and technology. From border to border, Nebraska Extension is making an incredible impact on the success…

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Problems with Ornamental Pear Trees

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Ornamental pear tree with cracking and flaking bark.

Pear trees in our area have a problem.  Cracking, plating, and flaking bark has been reported in many ornamental or flowering pears across the region.  What caused this problems and what can you do about it? Continue reading


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A Mountain or a Molehill??

How a molehill is made. Photo courtesy extension.missouri.edu

How a molehill is made. Photo courtesy extension.missouri.edu

We have all heard the saying, “Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.” That can be difficult if we don’t even know what a molehill looks like. Knowing more about this pest can help you identify the damage and keep them from making molehills in your yard. Continue reading