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Nebraska Statewide Arboretum partners with schools across the state to help students learn about creating a sustainable landscape.

May is Nebraska Bird Month, which makes it a great time to talk about six native shrubs that benefit birds and other wildlife.

The Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku -- forest bathing -- can have a lasting impact on our physical and mental health.

Observing the subtle seasonal changes in nature can help us notice and appreciate the life that is changing all around us.

By planting a variety of native plants that serve as hosts and food sources, we can do our part to support a robust ecosystem for our favorite native butterflies and moths.

NSA Sustainable Landscape Coordinator Sarah Buckley has some good tips to consider before you hit the nursery for your spring plant shopping.

Growing and caring for houseplants can be a great, creative way to enjoy the winter months.

The polyculture lawn -- or a lawn of mixed species of mowable plants -- is gaining momentum. The entire neighborhood will benefit – including our pollinator friends – if polyculture lawns catch on.   

Scots Pine was once hugely predominant in the Midwest and Great Plains, but Pine Wilt Disease has severely decreased its numbers.

Native perennials and keystone species are the key to attracting birds, butterflies and bees to your garden.

If you have the right soil and planting location, consider adding a concolor fir to your landscape.

Insect and animal species engage in various overwintering processes, including hibernation, brumation and diapause, to survive the harsh winter weather.

NSA board member and certified arborist Jeff Kennedy offers his tips for choosing a tree to plant.

Five of the ten state champion trees in Lincoln grow on or near UNL's two campuses.

Resist the rake! Leave the leaves in your yard as over-wintering habitat for insects.

Horticulture experts and staff at Nebraska Statewide Arboretum collect seeds locally which later grow into the seedlings that are planted across Nebraska.

Gregg Schmadeke, affiliate curator of Three Oaks Aboretum, ruminates over what would happen if abandoned farmland was allowed to return to nature.

At Nebraska Statewide Arboretum, we take our middle name seriously: we plant Nebraska from east to west and everywhere in between.

Students from Calvert Elementary School in Lincoln, Nebraska, participated in the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum's Bloom Box @school program to create a pollinator garden.

Justin welcomes students back to campus by emerging from the scrub of redbuds on campus.

Snakes play an important role in ecosystems including our gardens. Here, John shares a bit more information about that role and what we can do to support snakes in our yards.

With much of Nebraska ensconced in drought, water conservation is once again an important topic. Lawn and landscape watering is by far the highest summer water use in most Great Plains communities. A good example is in Lincoln where citizens are now using about 70 million gallons of water per day which is about 5 times the amount of water used on an average day in winter and spring before lawn irrigation starts.

Weeds are hard to manage, but do we need to manage them all? Justin gives us some grace as he talks through weeds to work with and weeds to work against.

After a couple of weeks of bad storms in central and southeast Nebraska, here are Justin's thoughts on tree damage.

Tree-related books, articles, and videos to get your weekend started.