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Community Environment

Check out the Nemaha County Lawn & Garden Resources webpage for more information.  Besides newsletters written by Gage County Extension Educator, Nicole Stoner, and articles written by Nemaha County Extension Educator, Gary Lesoing, you can find information on turfgrass, community environment, Backyard Farmers, Master Gardeners, Acreage Insights, Drought Resources, and more.

With a few days of some warmer temperatures the past couple of weeks, you may be thinking about your landscape and trees.  How did your coniferous trees make it through the winter? If you have trees that have been damaged by wind or or they are just over grown, it would be wise to prune them if you haven’t already.  If you have had problems with your trees in the past with insects and/or diseases, it is important to evaluate them this spring to see if they look healthy.

While we have had an ongoing battle with bagworms for several years and have reduced their numbers significantly in southeast Nebraska, there are still bagworm infestations in some areas. Last year was one of the worse years we have had for bagworm infestations in southeast Nebraska in recent years. In southeast Nebraska, the larvae emerged over several weeks during the summer, but usually beginning around Memorial Day.

This year Nebraska Extension in Nemaha County will be in its fifth year in southeast Nebraska with a pheromone trapping network to monitor black cutworm, variegated cutworm and armyworm moths in southeast Nebraska. This is part of a larger network across Nebraska during the 2020 planting season. Traps have been placed into service April 3rd-6th in southeast Nebraska.
Nicole Stoner, Extension Educator in Gage County and Community Environment Expert for Nemaha County, begins her Yard & Garden Call-In Radio Program on Friday, March 27, 2020. The radio program can be heard every Friday from 10:00-11:30 am on 99.5 FM (KUTT) out of Beatrice.
So what are some of the tree problems? This year traveling across southeast Nebraska I have noticed oak trees and other deciduous trees that have dead branches and leaves scattered throughout the tree. There have been several trees with these symptoms over the years. There is a good chance this is the oak twig girdler that is causing the problem. We usually see a problem with this insect every other year. The good thing is it generally doesn’t harm the trees. The bad thing is there is really nothing you can do about it.

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.