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Climate change is impacting the livelihood of conifers in Nebraska, but there are still some great options to consider.

The USDA updated its plant hardiness zone map for the first time since 2012. What impact will the changes have on gardeners in Nebraska?

These five native perennials require some patience but are well-worth the wait.

Northeast High School Garden Club students get a lesson in proper tree planting techniques from NSA experts.

10 tips for bulb planting to make a splash in your garden or yard this spring

In honor of the Autumn Equinox (first official day of fall), here are four more late bloomer pollinator plants to consider for your yard or garden.

Fall is a great time to plant a tree. Nebraska Statewide Arboretum has some tips and tricks to ensure your fall tree planting is successful.

These six power pollinators will bring bees, butterflies and a punch of color to your fall garden.

Planning for and installing green infrastructure in cities can help mitigate what's called urban heat island effect.

The Emerald Ash Borer is leaving a swath of devastation in its wake. We have information and tips for what to do about it.

Implementing smart water conservation strategies and sustainable landscaping practices can help your yard and the many animals and insects that live there survive and thrive in even the toughest drought conditions.

Tips for mulching around trees and landscaped flower beds.

The Nebraska Statewide Arboretum celebrated Wildflower Week 2023 with outdoor activities in Western Nebraska.

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.