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The University of Nebraska Lincoln and Nebraska Extension has mandated that all University sponsored in-person events be CANCELLED from now until March 29. Then, all University sponsored events from March 30 – May 9 are to only be delivered digitally (Skype, Zoom, etc). Nebraska Extension is fully committed to the health and well-being of Nebraskans. In a disease situation like COVID-19, the principle of social distancing is one of the main methods that can be used to help reduce the spread of the disease.

Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

 Ice by itself doesn’t damage trees, but the accumulation of ice on branches creates loads that can and do result in branch breakage and complete tree failure. Case in point is the recent ice storm, creating ice coatings of ¼ to ½ inch over most tree branches. This is a tremendous amount of weight to add to trees and while structurally trees develop to handle wind and snow loads, extreme events like ice accumulation and derechos really throw a wrench into tree structural stability.

By Kathleen Cue, UNL Extension Horticulture Educator

Whether you use landscape fabric beneath mulch in outdoor spaces depends on what you know about it. The two main reasons landscape fabric is used are A) a desire to keep weeds down and B) employing any means necessary to keep rock mulches from sinking into the soil after a rain. Unfortunately, neither of these reasons assures landscape fabric will function as planned.

 Here is why. 

Dodge County held its annual 4-H Achievement Celebration, Sunday November 8th, in a Virtual Format.  This year's event was hosted by Karna Dam, Extension Educator on Zoom.  Presenting the awards and honors this year were the 2020 Dodge County 4-H Ambassadors: Emily Brodd, Erin Franzluebbers, Emily Miller, and Brooklyn Reynolds.  

This year Dodge County 4-H was proud to announce a 45-Year volunteer, Myron Andrews.  Myron has helped countless 4-H Horse youth develop in their horsemanship skills.  This is truly a milestone.  Congratulations, Myron!

The Dodge County 4-H Council voted Tuesday evening, Nov. 2nd, to hold the Annual Achievement Celebration Virtually this year.  Please see the Friday, November 6th Blast for more information and a link to Sunday's Virtual Celebration!

It is time to celebrate the accomplishments of your 2020 4-H year. The annual 4-H Achievement Celebration will be held on Sunday, November 8th beginning at 5:00pm. This year’s event will again be held at the North Bend City Auditorium.

Due to university regulations, we are having to follow a strict protocol in order for us to be able hold this event face-to-face.

By Kathleen Cue, Nebraska Extension Horticulture Educator

Glorious golds are fall’s main colors in our region, helping to foster appreciation for autumn reds, which tend to be rarer. Instead of adding the over-utilized ‘Red Sunset’ and ‘Autumn Blaze’ maples to your landscape, diversify the neighborhood and community by choosing from fall’s red leafed trees that are not maples. When a variety or species is overplanted, it makes way for certain insects and/or diseases to run rampant, much like emerald ash borer is for ash trees and pine wilt in pine trees. Some ideas for fall red-leafed trees include:

Pagoda Dogwood, Cornus alternifolia

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