Conifers Drop Their Leaves too

Justin Evertson, Nebraska Statewide Arboretum          Although most conifer trees are considered to be evergreens, all of their needles eventually fall just like deciduous trees. What makes them evergreen is that their leaves/needles persist more than one year before falling. Since new needles are added every year, there is always an overlap between green needles... Continue Reading →

Workers in the Soil

When discussing beneficial critters, it’s easy to forget about the ones we don’t see, especially those below ground. Yet the soil is where it all starts, so they deserve recognition and admiration too. From cycling and retaining nutrients to improving structure, suppressing disease and moving and holding water, air and carbon, soil fauna do an... Continue Reading →

Drought Tolerant Shrubs

Water conservation is important in home and business landscapes. While leaving automatic irrigation systems turned off, and only turning them on when plants need water, is a much needed practice change in many residential and business landscapes, selecting drought tolerant plants is also important. This article focuses on drought tolerant shrubs for different functions. While... Continue Reading →

Holiday Greenery and Trees  

Deciding on an artificial versus real Christmas tree is a matter of personal preference. Growing up, we had an artificial tree mostly because my mom’s allergies were very sensitive to the smell of pines and our house was pretty small so having a small tree we knew would fit in our dining room was preferred.... Continue Reading →

Evergreens for Christmas Trees

The holiday season is upon us. It is at this time of the year that we begin to decorate our homes for the holidays. One of my favorite holiday decorations is the Christmas Tree. This plant of the month article will not focus on one specific plant, but the many different types of trees that... Continue Reading →

Cranberries – A Great American Fruit

Cranberries are a common part of holiday celebrations, whether they're used as garland decorating a Christmas tree or in the holiday meal. One of the few native North American fruit crops, cranberries provide plenty of health benefits, too. Health Benefits Cranberries prevent harmful bacteria from wreaking havoc on the body. Research by Cornell University reported that... Continue Reading →

Predators of Poultry

Recently, I have encountered more predators of my poultry than I care to. One of the main reasons for this is the changing of the seasons. With winter quickly approaching, the food sources for such animals such as coyotes, raccoons, hawks, eagles and even skunks is becoming more scarce. With the drive for food, more... Continue Reading →

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