Monthly Archives: April 2013

Drought Stressed Trees

Elizabeth Killinger, UNL Extension, shares some great information on drought stressed trees and what to do with them this spring.


The drought has wreaked havoc on the landscape.  Some of the damage, like with turf, was seen fairly early into the drought.  The extent of damage to trees and shrubs might not be fully realized until this spring.

Being observant of plant material can help determine if it was just dinged or the damage was more severe.  Brown or discolored foliage doesn’t always mean the plants are on their way out or beyond the point of no return.  In addition to drought, winter desiccation can also cause many evergreens to change colors.  Evergreen trees and shrubs are constantly loosing moisture through their leaves during the winter.  Winter desiccation happens when the root system isn’t able to absorb enough moisture to keep up with the amount lost by the leaves.  It causes evergreens to have a brown or tan coloration at the ends of the needles. The damage usually occurs uniformly…

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Understanding Research Statistics

Dr. Charlie Wortmann, UNL Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, explains the power of statistics for understanding yield and other differences and non-differences for on-farm research.

Gardening in Drought

As I set here writing, we went from wearing t-shirts yesterday to receiving freezing rain and sleet today!  The precipitation is much welcomed and it’s nice to see spring bulbs coming up and the grass turning green!  But we’re unfortunately not out of the woods yet regarding this drought, and may not be for some time.

This Thursday, April 11, Elizabeth Killinger, UNL Extension Educator in Hall County, will be talking to us about gardening during drought.  Come enjoy an evening of learning about drought-tolerant plants and ideas for your landscape!  The evening begins with a light supper at 5:30 p.m. and we plan to be finished around 7:00 p.m.  There will be no charge for this workshop, so please come and invite your friends and your youth who enjoy gardening as well!

Also, if you would like to bring some plants for exchange, you are welcome to do so and share with others!  Please call the Clay County Extension Office at (402) 762-3644 or Jenny at to let us know you’re coming so we can plan for the meal.  See you then!gardening in drought

Drought Stressed Turf

Great information regarding drought-stressed turf from Elizabeth Killinger, UNL Extension!


drought turfThe recent rains might have pushed the issue to the back of your mind, but it is still there staring us in the face; the drought.  The drought has wreaked havoc on more than trees and shrubs in the landscape; turf also was affected.  Don’t worry there is still time to get a lush, green lawn this growing season.

Due to last year’s drought, many lawns might not recover from damage they have received.   Assessing the appearance and the amount of damage in your turf will pay off in the long run.  If over 50 percent of your lawn is still in good condition and is of the grass species you desire, overseeding might be a good option to fill in those thin, damaged areas.  If your lawn is less than 50 percent desirable living grass, renovation of the entire lawn might be in your future.

Seed selection can be…

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