What is Nebraska Extension ProHort Education?

ProHort, short for Professional Horticulture, is research-driven education for individuals in the tree, lawn, landscape maintenance, and garden center industries, as well as anyone who wants to hone her/his skills in the areas of botany, insects, soils, landscape design, plant disease, trees, wildlife damage management, turfgrass, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). While people participating in…

October Musings on the Vegetable Garden

Recently my friend Mary Anna returned from out of town to find her vegetable garden had been visited and the butternut squash eaten.  Teeth marks on the squash remnants indicated that one or more squirrels were the culprits.  Butternut squash wouldn’t necessarily be a squirrel’s first choice but as the growing season slows, all animals…

Feeding Birds and Vole Damage—How They Relate

Nothing beats the beauty and movement of our backyard birds, especially during the winter months when our landscapes lack color.  One important thing to keep in mind, however, is that the bird seed dropped beneath bird feeders can attract voles. Voles are granivores, meaning grains are their main food source.  Since the bird seed in…

Plant Protection

Are your trees ready for winter?  Last week I talked about the importance of winter watering but I want to touch on woody plant protection.  Most of our herbaceous perennials die back to the ground and don’t need protection from small mammals.  However, those plants that have a persistent above ground structure, tree and shrubs,…

Voracious Vigorous Voles

They look like mice with short tails, but what problems do voles pose for our landscapes? These guys are granivores, so people that feed birds will naturally have more voles in their yard because bird seed is a whole bunch of grain that falls to the ground as the birds partake. It’s the fallen grain…

It’s Time to Think About Spring-Flowering Bulbs

If you have a fall to-do list, be sure to add “planting spring-flowering bulbs”.  New gardeners are enchanted when they see these harbingers of spring and are sometimes dismayed when they find that the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs is in the fall.  Spring-flowering bulbs pack a punch with their color, size range and adaptability. …

Wildlife Conflict – Humans

It isn’t easy being a tree in Nebraska.  Nebraska is famous for its bone-chilling winters and blazing hot dry summers.  When you start adding in other factors such as insects and wildlife conflict it can be down right impossible to grow. There is one type of wildlife that is so destructive and damaging to trees…