John Fech

John Fech

Nebraska Extension Educator | Community Environment


  • M.S. in Agriculture - Turfgrass Science from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S. in Agriculture - Ornamental Horticulture from University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Tree Risk Assessor, International Society of Arboriculture Certificate
  • Certified Arborist, International Society of Arboriculture

Extension Education Focus

John Fech is a horticulturist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. The author of 2 books and over 200 popular and trade journal articles, he focuses his time on teaching effective landscape maintenance techniques, water conservation, diagnosing turf and ornamental problems and encouraging effective bilingual communication in the green industry. He works extensively with the media to extend the message of landscape sustainability, making over 100 television and radio appearances each year.

Current Educational Offerings

  • Emerald Ash Borer Awareness (with Dr. Jody Green)
  • Take the 100 Gallon Challenge!
  • Tree Hazard Awareness

Professional Recognition

  • 2016 TOCA Excellence in Writing Award
  • 2015 Distinguished Service Award, National Association of County Agricultural Agents
  • 2014 TOCA Excellence in Writing Award
  • 2009 TOCA Excellence in Writing Award
  • 2009 TOCA Excellence in Writing Award
  • 2008 TOCA Excellence in Writing Award
  • 2006 TOCA Excellence in Writing Award
  • 2003 TOCA Excellence in Writing Award

Publications | Curriculum

  • Monthly peer-reviewed content on
  • Waterwise: Tree Selection and Tree Care -
  • Tree Hazard Awareness -
  • Fech, J. C. Taunton’s Lawn Guide, Taunton Press, 2002
  • Johnson, J. and J. C. Fech , All About Trees, Meredith Corporation, 1999
  • Technical Proofreader, All About Pruning, Meredith Corporation, 1999

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