Beetles: The Good and The Bad

Beetles: The Good and The Bad

I know that many people are grossed out by little creepy insects and spiders, but they are essential for maintaining our environment. There are insects that eat the rotting wood and roots of dead and dying trees; insects that eat other insects; and insects that pollinate our fruits and foods. Let’s discuss the insects from […]

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What Will Grow Near a Black Walnut Tree?

Black Walnut trees are wonderful if you are a cabinet maker, eat the walnuts, or leave them as forage for wildlife, or use the husks to make a colorfast dye.  But if you are a gardener, they provide a challenge, to say the least. A toxic chemical, juglone, diffuses from the roots into the soil, […]

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Three Diseases found in 2014

Three Diseases found in 2014

What a year this has been! With some of the coldest recorded winter days, a very wet spring and fall, and an exceptionally cool summer; we have seen a record amount of diseases popping up in landscapes across northeast Kansas and southeast Nebraska.  Typically, my consulting covers scorching, chemical drift, and wilting on trees and […]

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