Sometimes insects mistake our homes for a place they are welcome to spend the winter. If you encounter any of these wintertime bothers, what should you? Check out the infographic below for more information!
From trees and wreaths to bulbs and cacti - plants are at the center of many holiday celebrations this year. Many of these traditions come from ancient, pre-Christian rituals and religions that celebrate the solstice to commemorate that the darkness of winter is only temporary and the days will start getting lighter. Over the... Continue Reading →
Winter can be a trying time for all animals. Limited food sources, dropping wind chills and copious amounts of snow all contribute to a miserable winter for animals. Yet in all actuality, your flock would rather be cold than hot. That's not to say that don't require at least some help staying warm and illness... Continue Reading →
Diseases, insects, drought and age take a toll on windbreaks, resulting in the need for renovation or tree replacement. For example, the windbreak above is compromised by the loss of Scotch pine trees to pine wilt. Winter is a good time to assess your windbreak and order trees for spring planting. Most windbreaks, even those... Continue Reading →
I won’t even offer a feeble excuse, but this will be the November-December “On The Fence” for several reasons. The greatest of these is there is not a lot to write about what is happening on farms at this time of year. Almost all harvest has been completed. I have some farmers locally, and I’m... Continue Reading →
Let’s talk trivia thanks to some facts from the Nebraska Christmas Tree Growers Association webpage:
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Q: For every real Christmas tree harvested, how many seedlings are planted in its place? A: 2 to 3
Q: How many acres are in production for growing Christmas trees in the U.S? A: About 1 million acres
Q: What is the average growing time for a tree to reach average retail height of 6 feet? A: 7 years
Q: What are the top selling Christmas trees? A: Balsam Fire, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pin, White Pine
Q: How many Nebraska counties have Christmas tree growers? A: 15
I wish you and your family a very blessed Holiday season!
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 →
From time to time, you’ll see Acreage Life blog posts that mention various tools and equipment that you may not heard of, have never taken the time to buy, or wish that someone else would buy for you.
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 →
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 →
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 →