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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.

When we think of shade trees, those trees that have a higher canopy casting shade over things below, we don’t often think of pine trees. Most evergreens, including spruce, fir and pine, have an excurrent or upright growth habit for most of their life. They’re typically pyramidal in shape, wider at the base than the top. This makes evergreens especially useful for windbreaks and visual screening, or as specimens to break up the winter monotony. But some pine species can buck this trend as they mature becoming rounded in shape, losing lower branches or growing wide enough that their mature years are served better at casting shade than blocking wind.

Trees are the largest living element in any landscape. They’re also the most costly to purchase, the most long-lived (hopefully) and the most “influential” in terms of aesthetic, habitat, sun exposure and placement of other plant material.