Now is the best time to plan for a beautiful back yard in 2015.
The Extension services will hold an interactive two-hour workshop to discuss current problems that local communities face in their windbreaks, gardens and lawns.
Learn about preventive measures and techniques that can potentially reduce back yard problems in the future and create more effective and time-efficient in-season back yard management.
The “Back Yard Beautiful” workshop is sponsored by the local UNL Extension offices and will be held on Nov. 18 and 19 at four different locations in the Southwest Nebraska region:
Tuesday, Nov. 18—Hastings Memorial Library in Grant from 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18—Lied Imperial Public Library in Imperial from 2 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19—Dundy County Fairgrounds building in Benkelman from 9 to 1 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 19—TCDC building in Trenton from 2 to 4 p.m. (CT).
The workshop will feature 15-20 minute presentations by UNL personnel, which will be followed by Q&A/discussion session.
Rachel Allison, Southwest District Forester, will teach about selecting the best tree for your specific needs and also how to determine, prevent and manage biotic (pathogens, insects) and abiotic (drought, frost) stresses in trees.
David Lott, UNL Horticulture Extension Educator, will talk about winterizing landscapes, which is a new concept that integrates landscape designs and garden practices such as tree pruning, sanitation for disease and insect control, mulch management, etc.
Strahinja Stepanovic, UNL Extension Educator, will present the underpinning mechanisms for successful weed management in lawns, and propose a range of tactics (including chemical applications) that can be integrated to control weeds in lawns.
Attendees are encouraged to participate in discussions by bringing pictures or samples of diseased or insect damaged plants or weeds. Participants are also encouraged to bring questions about any other problem they are experiencing in their back yards.
No registration or registration fee is required. Refreshments will be provided.
For questions, contact the Perkins County Extension Office at 308-352-7580.