Lawn & Garden Articles by Nemaha County Extension Educator

by Gary Lesoing, Extension Educator in Nemaha County

Fall Water Your Trees

(PDF, 1 pg, 230 KB) September 2022
Earlier this summer we have received some excellent rains here in southeastern Nebraska, especially compared to many other parts of the state. The last 3-4 weeks have been relatively dry and also with some very hot temperatures. As we move forward into the fall and winter,  it is important to keep your trees well watered going into the winter.....(Learn more, PDF, 1 pg, 230 KB) September 2022

Bagworms Still Could be a Problem in 2022

(PDF, 1 pg, 350 KB) June 2022
bagwormsWhile 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. In previous years, the larvae emerged over several weeks during the summer. With the very late spring and cool temperatures, it is difficult to predict when bagworm larvae may emerge. They may be later this year. It is important to keep an eye on your evergreen trees this year and watch for infestations of bagworms.  If you had bagworms last year, and have not removed the bagworm bags from your trees earlier this spring, you should check your trees this month.....(Learn more, PDF 1 pg, 350 KB) June 2022

What is That Bug?

(PDF, 1 pg, 288 KB) June 2022
SoldierBeetleThis year there are a number of different insects showing up in the area, and I am sure by the end of the summer we can expect many more. A few years ago we had high numbers of the Painted Lady Butterfly; and had thistle caterpillars in soybean fields causing some damage. This is the larval stage of the Painted Lady Caterpillars. Several years ago we had the silver spotted skipper butterfly and larvae that caused some damage to soybean fields. With the linden trees starting to bloom there is an insect that will be all over the linden tree blossoms and also several other flowers that are pollinating.....(Learn more, PDF, 1 pg, 288 KB) June 2022

Iron Chlorosis in Trees

(PDF, 1 pg, 234 KB) May 2022
 In traveling around southeast Nebraska I am seeing a number of trees in the area showing signs of iron chlorosis.  This is the condition when the leaves of trees are more yellow than normal.  In the environmental conditions southeast Nebraska has experienced in recent years, trees have been under a great deal of stress. . . . . (Learn more, PDF, 1 pg, 234 KB) May 2022

Problems with Trees

(PDF, 1 pg, 205 KB) July 2021
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.....(Learn more, PDF, 1 pg, 205 KB) July 2021

Other Articles

Bagworms Still Could Be a Problem (PDF, 1 pg, 350 KB) June 2022
Check Trees for Bagworms & Spider Mites (PDF, 1 pg, 456 KB) July 2018
Early-Season Weed Control Is Important for Crops, Pastures, and Lawns! (PDF, 1 pg, 194 KB) April 2022
Fall Is a Good Time for Weed Control in Your Lawn & on Your Farmstead (PDF, 1 pg, 462 KB) October 2018
Fall Water Your Trees (PDF, 1 pg, 230 KB) September 2022
How Can I Get a Weed Free Lawn? (PDF, 2 pgs, 127 KB) April 2013
How to Handle Storm Damaged Trees (PDF, 1 pg, 143 KB) July 2016
Iron Chlorosis in Trees (PDF, 1 pg, 234 KB) May 2022
Problems With Trees (PDF, 1 pg, 169 KB) August 2020
Problems With Deciduous Trees? (PDF, 1 pg, 119 KB) May 2016
What About Insects in Trees? (PDF, 1 pg, 125 KB) July 2014
What About Pruning My Trees & Shrubs? (PDF, 1 pg, 104 KB) March 2015
What is That Bug? (PDF, 1 pg, 288 KB) June 2022