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Gardening Tips & Advice

Looking for some advice on how to garden in Nebraska? From how to keep the weeds down to how to water most effectively -- and everything in between -- we have information, resources, tips and how-tos to help you get started and to help your garden grow along the way. Check out the articles below, and if you don't see what you need, drop us an email at

Getting Started

Caring for New Plants

Watch Out for Weeds

Healthy Soil

How to Test Your Soil

Preparing Your Garden without Chemicals

Effective Watering

Tips for Drought-Tolerant Landscapes

Tips for Prairie Gardens

Gardening with Prairie Plants

Bulb Planting

Leaves and Compost

Trees and Drought

Seasonal Pollinator Garden Guide

Design Your Own Pollinator Garden Worksheet

All about Pollinators (The Seed, 2016)

Creating an Edible Landscape (The Seed, 2011)

Specific Concerns

Guidelines for Watering Newly Planted Trees

Dealing with Road Salt and De-icers in Your Landscape

Your Garden at the End of the Season

Using More Plants and Less Mulch (Groundcover planting)

Creating a Dog-Friendly Yard

Beauty in the Winter Garden

How to Dry Flowers from Your Garden

Green Ideas for a Long Winter


Gardening as You Age

Keeping a Garden Journal

Garden Photography

Take a Winter Walk

Winter Decorating with Nature

Our Recommended Gardening Books

Check out our gardening book recommendations on our Bookshop page. You'll find everything from landscaping and design, environmentalism and field guides to memoir, fiction and children's selections. For every purchase you make at Bookshop, NSA receives 10%, so by buying books you help Plant Nebraska!