Yellowing and browning as well as discolored leaves and needles have western Nebraska residents concerned about the health of their trees.To address these concerns, the Lincoln-Logan-McPherson county Extension is hosting a “Coffee with a Forester” workshop from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 29 in North Platte to help residents understand what is happening to some of the trees in their back yards as well as the wider community.
Residents in the area may notice changes in their trees but not know what caused the changes or what to do about them, Lincoln County Extension Educator Randy Saner said. They might see dead branches in the canopy or discolored needles, wilting or thin foliage, brown, curled or yellowing leaves.
A forester can help explain these changes and provide information to feel more confident about caring for trees, Saner said.
Rachel Allison, western forest health specialist with the Nebraska Forest Service, will explain why trees might be yellowing and suggest some possible solutions to turn them around to the normal green color.
Allison noted that sometimes people are looking for yellow foliage to highlight their landscape, but when a tree is supposed to be green, the yellowing color often can be a sign the tree is not doing well.
“Chlorosis often is an indicator of a deficiency of nutrients present in Nebraska soils, but over-watering, over-fertilizing, and damaged roots is more likely the cause of tree health situations leading to tree decline,” Allison said.
Checking the soil throughout the year and watering when needed helps trees withstand Nebraska’s weather extremes so they can continue to provide shade, beauty and shelter for many years to come.
The workshop will be held at the Lincoln-Logan-McPherson County Extension office, 348 W. State Farm Road in North Platte for you.
To register for the “Coffee with a Forester,” call the extension office at 308-532-2683 by Aug. 28 so resource materials will be available.