Community Environment

 

Extension is committed to helping Nebraskans know more about creating resource- and energy-efficient rural and urban landscapes, protecting and managing water resources, properly managing insect and wildlife pests, and more.

Active in all 93 counties and at communityenvironment.unl.edu

Community Environment

Thistle Butterfly, Cosmopolitan, or Painted Lady Butterfly; no matter what you call them, the parade has been spectacular this year.  This year has been a good year to see hundreds of butterflies fluttering around.

The Nebraska State Fair and Labor Day signal the first days of autumn will be here before we know it.  If your peonies have seen better days, there are several tasks you can be doing now to ensure bountiful blooms next spring.

It sounds like a scene right out of an old horror movie.  Insects are taking over the world.  Hornets are so large they are big enough to carry people away and insects are taking over homes and businesses.  I have to admit, I might be exaggerating a little, but there are some insects that can be frightening to look at or in such large numbers it might feel as if they are trying to take over.  In reality they are just more buzz than sting.

Fungus can be both a good and a bad thing.  Mushrooms on pizza are an example of good fungus. Fungus in lawns, on the other hand, are nearer the other end of the spectrum.  If your turf is looking a little thin and brown in spots; you are not alone.  Fungus and hot temperatures have wreaked havoc on lawns this year, but there is still time to make your lawn look full and lush for this fall. 

We've had several questions regarding bed bugs recently. The site contains reliable, science-based resources you can use to deal with the pests.

Bed Bug Resources 

Community Environment

Pests, turf and landscape, water, and food production resources.

Backyard Farmer

Research-based solutions to lawn and garden questions.

Turfgrass Science

Turf iNfo for the north central states.

Master Gardeners

Trained volunteers sharing their knowledge with Nebraskans.

Acreage Insights

Helping acreage owners manage their rural living environment.

UNL Water

Providing research, information and educational opportunities about Nebraska's most important natural resource.

Drought Resources

Nebraska Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.