Archive for the ‘Southeast’ Category

Online Resources Relating to Herbicide Issues & Trees/Landscapes

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Informal and Draft On-line Resources Relating to Herbicide Issues and Trees / Landscapes

Compiled by Eric Berg, CFSL Program Leader, Nebraska Forest Service

This list is not intended to be comprehensive or inclusive. It is a working draft document which is intended to be used as a reference and informal resource that we intended to continue to add to.  If you have ideas and recommendations on how this might be formatted, organized and if you are aware of other relevant resources and articles of interest please email recommendations or links to



Herbicide Injury:

Herbicide Injury to Trees: 

Herbicide Symptoms:

Diagnosing and Preventing Herbicide Injury to Trees:

Herbicide Injuries to Trees – Symptoms and Solutions

Using Herbicides Near Trees and Shrubs:

Managing Invasive Plants – Impacts of Chemical Methods:

Herbicide Injury in Nursery and Landscape:

Herbicide Mode of Action and Injury Symptoms:

Accidental Herbicide Damage on Vegetables:

Interpreting Herbicide Damage in the Nursery:

Could Your Trees be the Victim of Herbicide Damage:

Analyzing the Cause of Symptoms:

Understanding the Differences between Volatility and Spray Drift:

Pesticide Drift and Temperature Inversions:

Documentation for Suspected Herbicide Drift Damage:



Development of Herbicide-Tolerant Hardwoods:

Tolerance of Young Trees to Foliar Acting Herbicides:

Plant Injury from Herbicide Injury:

Herbicide Drift versus cold temperature injury:

Timing of Herbicide and Rates of Germination of Native Plants:



EPA should revoke Monsanto weed killer approval:

Dicamba decision time:

When Drift Hits Home:

NCN Jason Heller Named “Water Artisan of the Year”

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

Omaha, NE – Jason Heller, Land and Waterscape Designer and owner at Gretna based Neptune’s Water Gardens, has been named one of POND Trade Magazine’s “Water Artisans of the Year” for 2017. Jason earned first prize in the “Best Waterfall” category and runner up in the “Most Artistic” category. The award winning projects are located in Elkhorn and Valley respectively. “I am so fortunate to be able to share my passion with my clients on a daily basis,” said Jason. “I couldn’t have achieved this accomplishment without the support of my family and my teammates.”

The independent contest is intended to honor specific water feature construction projects completed by professional contractors and eligible projects must have been completed between January 1, 2017 and November 1, 2017. In addition to promoting friendly competition, this year’s contest will also raise awareness and donations for a charitable cause – the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). The awards were presented on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Water Garden Expo (WGE) in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

“We are proud to serve as a level playing field for the entire spectrum of talented contractors in this growing and vibrant industry,” says Lora Lee Gelles, publisher of POND Trade Magazine. POND Trade serves professionals with the latest trade news, advertising and marketing in the pond and water feature industry.

To view the award winning entries by Neptune’s Water Gardens please visit their website at To view all of the winners and runners up from this year’s POND Trade Magazine Water Artisan of the Year contest visit

Jason Heller is an Award Winning Land and Waterscape Designer and Owner of Neptune’s Water Gardens, specializing in the design, installation, and maintenance of water features. Jason has a B.S. in Horticulture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; 20 years of experience in the nursery business, and is a Nebraska Certified Nurseryman, Certified Aquascape Contractor, Certified Rain Xchange Professional, and NCMA Certified Segmental Retaining Wall Inst

NNLA Awards Nebraska Certified Nurserymen Certificates

Wednesday, March 21st, 2018

The Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association (NNLA) recognizes the newly Certified Nurserymen for 2018.

The Nebraska Certified Nurseryman program was developed, designed and is administered by the Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association.  This professional program identifies the dedicated individual who is knowledgeable and experienced in his or her vocation.

Certified status is earned through practical experience in the industry, passing a three-part test reviewing the basics of the industry, and commitment to continuing education. This certification program was developed to address the public’s desire to better differentiate between the various skill levels of nursery professionals. It creates a higher level of certification specifically tailored to this profession and an opportunity to develop a higher level of professionalism among nurserymen.

Congratulations to the new Certified Nurserymen of 2018:

  • Wesley Arasmith, Campbell’s Nursery of Lincoln
  • Samantha Johnson, Campbell’s Nursery of Lincoln
  • Brock Steinbrink, Steinbrink Landscaping Inc. of Kearney

The Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association mission is: “To advance the nursery and landscape industry by providing opportunities for networking, education, advocacy and certification to industry professionals for the purpose of collectively growing their businesses” The NNLA provides its members with a variety of educational events, as well as the Nebraska Certified Nurserymen program.

NNLA Announces New Board

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

The Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association announces the election of the organization’s Board of Directors for 2018.  Elections were held in conjunction with the association’s Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference on January 23-24 in Omaha.  The following new Directors were elected:

Kendra Bretschneider, NCN, Great Plains Nursery and Jeremy Vlcek, Vlcek Gardens, Inc. were elected to serve a three-year term from 2018 – 2020 as Directors on the Board.

Those continuing their terms on the Board include:

President:  Marti Neely, NCN, of Omaha (Marti Neely Design & Associates)
Immediate Past President: Miles Imel, NCN, of Mitchell (Peaceful Prairie Nursery)
Vice President: Brian Munk, NCN, of Lincoln (Downtown Lincoln Association)
Director: Ashly Neneman, of Omaha (Sun Valley Landscaping)
Director:  Brett Schroer, of Omaha (Urban Roots)
Director: Jason Kuehl, NCN, of Omaha (Plant Right, LLC)
Director: Rod Ruzanic, of Ogallala (Wolf Landscape Design, LLC)
Advisor: Julie Van Meter, NCN, of Lincoln (Nebraska Department of Agriculture)

The Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association’s mission is to advance the nursery and landscape industry by providing opportunities for networking, education, advocacy and certification to industry professionals for the purpose of collectively growing their businesses.

2018 NNLA Landscape Award Winners Announced

Monday, January 29th, 2018

Three NNLA Landscape Awards were announced on January 24 during the NNLA Business Meeting held in conjunction with the Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference.

  • Category 1: Residential Installation Under $15,000
    Tena Ehlers, Faller Landscape
  • Category 3: Residential Installation $50,001+
    Hugh Morton, Sun Valley Landscaping
  • Category 4: Seasonal Color in Container Garden
    Kristin Hain, Land Escapes, Inc.

View photos from each project here:

Register for 2018 Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference!

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The attendee registration brochure is now available for the 2018 Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference. The event will be held January 23-24 at the Hotel RL in Omaha. This is a great opportunity to learn from local and national speakers, network with your peers, and visit with our wonderful exhibitors!

2018 Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference Attendee Brochure

Trees, Climate and Beauty

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Lincoln, Neb.— International tree expert Guy Sternberg will give two presentations Thursday, Dec. 7 in University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Keim Hall room 150. Sternberg’s book, “Native Trees for North American landscapes,” is one of the best references on native trees.

The 12-1 p.m. brown-bag program, “Our Incredible Trees and a Changing Climate,” is a reminder of how beautiful and important trees are and what the impact from a changing climate might mean for them.

The second session, from 1:30 to 2:30 in the same room, offers a close look at “The Tree Cultivars of Starhill Forest,” the private arboretum Sternberg developed near Petersburg, Illinois. It is home to one of the most diverse private collections of trees and shrubs in the country.  

Anyone wishing to listen in can take part online at: The presentations will also be available afterwards at

Participants are invited to bring lunch or dinner, if desired, and ideas or questions. For more information, call the Arboretum at 402-472-2971, email or visit for this and future presentations.

Gardens Transformed

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

LINCOLN— Landscape architect Sandra Youssef Clinton will present the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum’s Young Lecture Nov. 10 in Lincoln.

Clinton uses her extensive plant knowledge and a painterly approach to create “exuberant gardens that highlight the seasonal rhythms of the landscape and nature.” Her work is grounded in the history of garden design and based on her travels and observations of natural landscapes throughout the world.

The questions she asks are worth asking, and answering: How can we create inviting and extraordinary outdoor living spaces? How can we celebrate seasonal beauty all year long? Where do the inside and outside meet? How do we develop gardens that all creatures can use and enjoy?

Clinton is the featured speaker of the 2017 Joseph and Dorothy Young Memorial Lectures in Horticulture Nov. 10 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege. The ticketed lecture is at 7:00 p.m. with a dessert reception following. The cost for the event is $10 for NSA members, $15 for non-members and free for UNL students with ID. Space is limited; sign up at or call 402-472-2971.

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum hosts the Young Memorial Lecture in Horticulture to honor the late Dr. Joseph Young who served the university from 1958 to 1980 as chair of the Department of Horticulture and founder and first director of the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. A visionary advocate for landscape beautification, he helped establish the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, host for the lecture. This year the lecture is partially sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Department of Architecture.

Passing of Dr. Jay Fitzgerald

Friday, August 25th, 2017

The nursery industry lost a great man last week. Dr. Jay Fitzgerald was an Emeritus Professor at UNL, specializing in ornamental horticulture, landscape ecology and design. He was also the statewide floriculturist and appeared many times on the Backyard Farmer program. Jay was the initiator and wrote the test for NNLA’s Nebraska Certified Nurseryman program. He will be greatly missed!

View his obituary:

Claudia West Design Workshop

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

June 23rd, 9am-4pm

Omaha, NE

Note: This workshop is open to professional landscape designers only.

Functional and ecological plantings, such as rain gardens and meadows, are gaining on popularity but also face severe challenges. We won’t solve these issues if we continue to compare planting design to painting on canvas and perceive plants as individual objects in space. It is time for a new approach — a plant community-based method that has evolved in the world of ecological science.

Join us as we translate ecological principles of wild plant communities into planting design tools that will help you create better landscapes. This interactive workshop will introduce you to the science behind stable and lasting plant combination. You will learn the skill of creating plant communities in four hands-on design exercises and practice this technique in a hypothetical planting project.

• Understand scientific foundation of stable plant communities and learn how species fill ecological and spatial niches in successful planting.
• Learn how to translate the principles of wild plant communities into designed planting.
• Learn to visualize complex planting schemes and prepare installation guides.

Claudia West is the co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes, and has an extensive background in horticulture, ecology and environmental restoration. West is a consultant for North Creek Nurseries and has worked for landscape architects Wolfgang Oehme and Carol Oppenheimer and for Sylva Native Nursery. West holds a Master’s Degree of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Sign-up here

Nebraska Wildflower Week, June 1-11 in 2017

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Nebraska Statewide Arboretum serves as coordinator for statewide Wildflower Week activities, bringing together organizations that recognize the value of wildflowers.

Wildflowers endure through hard times, lending beauty and brightness even to landscapes rarely seen by human eyes. Their flowers and seeds feed birds, butterflies and other wildlife; their roots loosen and improve soil; and they lend fragrance and beauty to wild places, making us want to take a closer look at places we might otherwise ignore.

View the 2017 Nebraska Wildflower Week events statewide and resources here:


Backyard Farmer set for 65th season

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

April 4, 2017

Lincoln, Neb. — Since 1953, homeowners have turned to “Backyard Farmer” for science-based answers to their toughest gardening questions. Expert panelists from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are preparing to answer new viewer questions when the 65th season of the show premieres at 7 p.m. April 6 on NET1.

“Backyard Farmer” was created by George Round, director of University Relations, and Jack McBride, founder of the University of Nebraska Television Department and later general manager of Nebraska Educational Television. The show first aired on what is now KOLN/KGIN-TV in June 1953, just one month after Lincoln got its first television transmitter. When NET formed in 1955, “Backyard Farmer” made the transition to channel 12 and it has remained there ever since.

The idea for the show was simple: Take phone calls from viewers with gardening questions and have a panel of experts from Nebraska Extension provide answers. With so many homeowners building victory gardens during and after World War II, there was a need for non-biased gardening information.

“The foundation of the show has always been question and answers,” said Brad Mills, the show’s producer. “Building a relationship with viewers has been the focus for 65 seasons, and that’s still true today.”

Viewers submit questions on topics such as fruits and vegetables; insects; turf; annuals and perennials; weeds; trees and shrubs; and wildlife. The panel of experts enjoys interacting with viewers of all skill levels and assisting them with any garden or landscape need.

“We cover a wide range of topics for both beginning gardeners and those who are more experienced,” said host Kim Todd. “It’s science information made simple.”

Science is critical to the show’s success, said Roch Gaussoin (pronounced ROCK ga-SWA), who has been a “Backyard Farmer” panelist for 26 years. He said he has seen gardening trends come and go, but the science remains.

“It’s amazing to me that a program could sustain itself for 65 seasons,” he said. “I think we were able to do it by remaining relevant and offering science-based solutions. We don’t make a recommendation on the show if we don’t have substantiation that science says this is the way we should do it.”

One thing that has changed is the type of answers that viewers can expect. While for years a natural first answer to most questions was to spray a chemical on the source, today that will rarely be the case. The panel will try to offer a number of approaches at the system level before resorting to a chemical-based solution.

Technology has allowed the information shared on “Backyard Farmer” to reach new audiences. With the internet, social media and live-streaming, the show’s viewers are no longer just from Nebraska. Each week, questions are submitted from all over the United States and the globe. “Backyard Farmer’s” YouTube channel has over 4.5 million views. A few of the most popular how-to videos are on pruning, container gardening and tomatoes.

“It is really exciting to see where our questions come from each week,” said panelist Loren Geisler. “The internet has expanded our viewership and allowed us to interact with a different audience.”

Keeping the show informative, yet entertaining for the audience is a primary goal. Whether it’s rating a fellow panelist’s answer off the air or staying calm when snakes are on set, each week is an adventure. Panelists on the show are not afraid to share their advice, even if it’s different from that of their colleagues.

“We like to have fun on ‘Backyard Farmer,'” said panelist Sarah Browning. “I really enjoy getting those in-depth questions and debating the best approach with a fellow panelist.”

As for what’s in store for this season, viewers can expect to hear a lot about food. With gardening trends focusing on edible landscapes and growing food in urban spaces, “Backyard Farmer” will help its audience understand where their food comes from.

The panel will also look back on some of their most memorable moments from the show and ask viewers to share their favorite memories.

“Viewers are such an important part of the show, so we want to hear from those who have been watching from the very beginning,” Todd said.

With the theme for the season being “Celebrate Nebraska-Style,” “Backyard Farmer” will also join in on the year-long celebration of Nebraska’s sesquicentennial. Special shows will be filmed at Pioneer Village in Minden on April 29, Memorial Stadium in Lincoln on June 17 and the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island on Aug. 30.

In addition, Mike Boehm, vice chancellor of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will sit on the “Backyard Farmer” panel on April 27. A plant pathologist by training, Boehm was professor of plant pathology and vice provost for academic and strategic planning at Ohio State University prior to coming to Nebraska earlier this year. His research focuses on the integrated management of turfgrass diseases and the Fusarium head blight of wheat.

“Backyard Farmer” airs live each Thursday on NET1 at 7 p.m. from April through September. The show is also streamed live here.

For more information, click here.

Brad Mills
Backyard Farmer

NNLA Announces New Board

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The Nebraska Nursery & Landscape Association announces the election of the organization’s Board of Directors for 2017.  Elections were held in conjunction with the association’s Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference on January 24-25 in Omaha.  The following new Directors were elected:

Jason Kuehl, NCN, Plant Right, LLC, and Rod Ruzanic, Wolf Landscape Design were elected to serve a three-year term from 2017 – 2019 as Directors on the Board.

Those continuing their terms on the Board include:

President:  Marti Neely, NCN, of Omaha (Marti Neely Design & Associates)

Immediate Past President: Miles Imel, NCN, of Mitchell (Peaceful Prairie Nursery)

Vice President: Brian Munk, NCN, of Lincoln (Campbell’s Nursery)

Treasurer: Chas Berke, NCN, of Cozad (Sun Valley Landscaping, LLC)

Director:  Sherilynn Hawkins, NCN, of Clarkson (Bluebird Nursery, Inc.)

Director: Christine Karloff, NCN, of Omaha (Urban Prairie Landesign)

The Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association’s mission is to advance the nursery and landscape industry by providing opportunities for networking, education, advocacy and certification to industry professionals for the purpose of collectively growing their businesses.

There are currently 151 business, associate, individual and student members statewide and 84 people who have taken the steps to become Nebraska Certified Nurserymen.

Results in for 2020 GreatPlants of the Year!

Friday, January 27th, 2017

The results are in for the 2020 GreatPlants of the Year! The candidates were voted on by attendees of the 2017 Great Plains Conference. Winners are picked 3 years in advance so nurseries and garden centers have enough time to source or grow plant material before the winners are announced and promoted to the buying public. Continue reading “Results in for 2020 GreatPlants of the Year!” »

Meet the Candidates

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

2017 Board Nominations

Nominations for the three open positions on the NNLA Board have been sent in and we are excited about the candidates who wish to serve on the board. Two director positions and one Vice President position will be open for election during the Business Meeting at the 2017 Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference. There is a three year term assigned to the director positions and a two-year term assigned to the Vice President term. The following candidates have indicated their interest in serving in this capacity. Please make plans to attend the conference and vote. If there are more than two candidates running for the open positions, a vote will need to be cast. Each member organization will get one vote, along with the individual, associate and honorary members.

Brian Munk – As an assistant manager at Campbell’s Nursery’s Pine Lake location, I am afforded the opportunity to work with many people in the nursery and landscaping industry. Through these encounters I am privileged to learn of new thoughts, trends and ideas happening within our industry that could be showcased at one of our summer field days or at our winter conference.

Why do you want to be on the board? I am running for the office of vice president on the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape Association Board of Directors. I am just finishing my fourth year as a member on the board of directors and I am now looking to continue to serve the Nebraska Nursery and Landscape industry from the office of vice president. As a Nebraska Certified Nurseryman and a Certified Nebraska Arborist, I feel that I can work and communicate with members from both of our organizations.

Jason Kuehl grew up on a farm near Omaha and has been involved in horticulture for over 23 years. After graduating from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a B.S. in Agricultural Science-Agronomy, he worked for the Nebraska Department of Agriculture as a state inspector for two seasons. In 1996 he went to work for Mulhall’s Nursery in Omaha as the Field Manager serving as tree grower and buyer for almost 18 years. In the fall of 2013 he started at PlantRight as the salesperson for Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Why do you want to be on the board? I am interested in being on the board of directors because I am passionate about the industry and supporting Nebraska.   We need professionals in the industry, and we need to grow the next generation of nursery people, along with educating customers.  As a certified Nebraska Nurseryman I also want to support an effort to make that a more recognizable and sought after reference.

Rod Ruzanic –  “We work to replicate Mother Nature’s Design” – Wolf Landscape Design. After twenty years as Wolf Landscape Design’s owner, I still hug trees and use my love of nature to inspire future environmentalists. I became a curator of Ogallala’s Community Arboretum, NSA’s 100th site, in 2015. I have also been a certified arborist with the Nebraska Arborists Association since 1999. I have been a Re-Tree Nebraska ambassador since the program’s creation.

Why do you want to be on the board? As a candidate for the board member-at-large, I bring additional experience and diversity to and already enthusiastic landscape family.

Elections will be held during the NNLA Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, January 25 from 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza in Omaha during the Nebraska GREAT PLAINS Conference.