Annuals, Perennials and Other Ornamentals

Drought Management for Ornamentals

Fire Prevention
Dry Weather, Dry Plants Are Fire Risks, Kelly Feehan, UNL Extension

Irrigation
Keeping your Landscape Healthy During Drought, Sarah Browning, UNL Extension
Water Saving Tips for Lawns and Gardens, UNL Water Website
Strategies for Saving Drought-Plagued Lawns and Gardens, John Jett, WVU Horticulture Specialist

Mulch
Mulch to Conserve Soil Moisture, Kelly Feehan, UNL Extension

Water Conservation
Harvest the Rain, Kelly Feehan, UNL Extension


Mulch 101

Image of a well-mulched treeBy  John C. Fech, UNL Extension Horticulture Educator, and ISA Certified Arborist

For many gardeners, applying mulch is standard procedure... like brushing your teeth.  But before you jump the gun and mulch away,. it’s important to survey your landscape needs. Instead of merely tossing bark nuggets to and fro, ask yourself the question, “Why do I want to mulch this flower garden, this strawberry patch, this veggie garden?”  Think about moisture retention, weed suppression, cooling or warming the soil, and of course, its appearance.

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Heat and Drought are Hard on Trees
Amy Seiler, Nebraska Forest Service

Woody trees and shrubs need thorough watering if they begin to show signs of leaf wilt, discoloration or drying, especially at leaf edges, said Amy Seiler of the Nebraska Forest Service.

"Extremes in temperature and precipitation often put stress on trees," Seiler said. Challenges of this sort also increase their susceptibility to insects and disease later. Trees are able to obtain moisture longer than most other plants due to deeper roots, so symptoms tend to be more delayed or may not appear until months or years later.

Newly planted trees are particularly at risk during prolonged dry periods, but even trees that have survived harsh conditions in the past can decline or even die from extended drought and heat.

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Ag Almanac Audio Recordings

Winter Injury of Landscape Plants, Dec. 28, 2012
Gardeners need to give adequate moisture to plants during the winter months to prevent injury to landscape plants. Sarah Browning, UNL Extension

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Native vs. Non Native Trees, Nov. 14, 2012
Planting native trees can provide ecological benefits for wildlife. Justin Evertson, Nebraska Forest Service.

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Home Landscape Management During Drought, Aug. 2, 2012
While trees may not appear to be suffering from drought, a lack of water can cause long term consequences. Kelly Feehan, UNL Extension Educator

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Up Coming Events

Wildland Fire Training Program - February 5, Springview, NE

Great Plains Winter Conference - February 18 & 19, Lincoln, NE
Sponsored by the Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association, and the Nebraska Arborist Association.

Eastern Nebraska Tree Care Workshops - developed specifically for public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, arborists, nursery & green industry professionals and landscape enthusiasts, these workshops cover emerging issues in tree and landscape care.

Nebraska Wildlife Fire Academy - April 14-22, Crawford, NE
The Academy provides high-quality fire and incident management training at little or no cost, and utilizes the expertise of local fire officers to ensure the fire training needs of western Nebraska and the surrounding region are met.