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 →

Autumn Leaf Colors

This season’s autumn colors have been exceptional. Shortened day lengths, sunny and warm days, cool nights, and adequate soil moisture provide the perfect conditions to showcase autumn’s greens, golds, reds, oranges and coppers in our trees and shrubs. Fall leaf color is a dynamic process, influenced by the decline and production of pigments within leaves.... Continue Reading →

5 FAQ for October/November

Q. My houseplants always die in winter. Any tips on keeping them alive? A. Use a pebble tray. Fill a cake pan with gravel and then set the houseplants on the gravel. Then add water until the level is just below the highest part of  gravel.  The humidity from the water will aid the plants,... Continue Reading →

Staghorn Sumac

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather gets more enjoyable with many fun outdoor activities. Also, the trees and shrubs all around us become so colorful. A great plant that grows wild all along roadsides and fields would be Sumac. Staghorn sumac, Rhus typhina, is a large shrub or small... Continue Reading →

Storing Tender Bulbs and Related Plants

Many tropical or sub-tropical plants are popular additions to Nebraska gardens.  They provide great color with their showy flowers and leaves, and also interesting foliage.  But since these plants cannot survive a Nebraska winter, even as dormant bulbs in the soil, it’s important to dig them in fall and store them properly so that you can replant them... Continue Reading →

Simplify Your Landscape

During the busy summer season, our best spring intentions can fall by the wayside.  Weeds creep into carefully planted flower beds, trees and shrubs go un-pruned, and fruit trees don’t get sprayed- all for lack of time.  Does a beautiful landscape always require hours of intensive care to achieve and maintain?  Of course, some maintenance... Continue Reading →

Switchgrass

September is an enjoyable month as fall begins. Fall is a great season for the weather and also for our plant life. Plants turn their wonderful fall color and become very pleasing to the eye. I especially love the interest ornamental grasses provide during fall and throughout the winter months. A great ornamental grass is... Continue Reading →

Making Good Use of Landscape Waste

Beginning in late summer, most gardeners have an abundance of landscape waste; whether it's dead plants from vegetable gardens or ornamental beds, foliage and branches from pruning trees and shrubs, or fallen tree leaves. Why not make use of these great organic materials, instead of piling them into bags and hauling them off to the landfill? You can easily turn... Continue Reading →

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