Life Outside the City Limits

April 2015

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Update - EAB is a serious threat to valuable ash trees found in acreage landscapes. Nebraska Forest Service Forest Health Program Leader Mark Harrell talks about the encroachment of the Emerald Ash Borer in Nebraska.

Installing a New Drinking Water Well, by the National Groundwater Association . Proper location and construction of a new well are the first steps to reducing risks to your water supply. Learn about potential sources of contamination to look for and how to work with a certified well installer to ensure the safety of your drinking water.  

Tips for Proper Pesticide Application- The Pesticide Stewardship Alliance offers tips on the best practices for applying pesticides to avoid spray drift and damage to the environment. Remember, the pesticide label is the law. 

Monthly Features

Spring Affair Plant Sale and Garden Event

The Spring Affair is the Midwest's largest gardening plant sale and event. Admission to the Saturday plant sale is free. The plant sale; plant talks; educational booths; and vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items are all in the Lancaster Event Center's Pavilion I, with plenty of parking north of the building. Spring Affair will be April 25th, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Event Center, 4100 North 84th Street, Lincoln, NE.

More than 500 different varieties of plants will be offered at the plant sale, with plants, educational talks and garden vendors all under the same roof. 

The ticketed Preview Party is Friday, April 24 from 6-9 p.m.  

To volunteer or be a vendor, call 402-472-2971 or email For more information contact Karma Larsen, 402-472-7923, Spring Affair is sponsored by Nebraska Statewide Arboretum.

Drought Resources

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension has created a new website that offers resources for those dealing with drought.

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