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Biggest Little Pollinator Garden

The Biggest Little Pollinator Garden is located on the campus of University of Nevada, Reno near the Fleischmann Agriculture Building. The garden is maintained by U.S. Fish and Wildlife; University Arboretum Board; University Facilities; University Museum of Natural History; Nevada Bugs and Butterflies; College of Science; and College of Agriculture, Biotechnology & Natural Resources faculty, staff, students and volunteers.

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Carson City Community Garden

The Community Garden began in 2001 and allows community members who don’t have room for a vegetable garden to rent a 4-by-16-foot garden bed for $20 a season at a 25-bed garden complex on Beverly Drive east of the cemetery. The price includes water, soil preparation, some seeds and fertilizer. 

professionals in a commercial landscape horticulture class

Commercial Landscape Horticulture

Classes offer training for green industry workers, including some bilingual classes, on how to landscape in the Nevada desert

inside the Curtis Waite garden at the Fairgrounds

Curtis Waite Memorial Desert Garden

Located next to the Clark County Fairgrounds' Fine Arts Building is the Curtis Waite Memorial Desert Garden. It is maintained by Extension and our Master Gardener Volunteers in collaboration with community partners. During the Clark County Fair, go on a tour guided by our Master Gardeners. Enjoy the pomegranate, lemon, bottle brush and palm trees; the rose and cactus gardens; and the wandering pathways, fountain and garden pool.

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Desert Demonstration Garden

Extension's Pahrump Master Gardener Volunteers maintain the Desert Demonstration Garden, which features landscape and fruit trees, shrubs and plants suitable for the Mojave Desert climate, plus seasonal vegetable beds to show what you can grow to feed yourself and your family. The garden is free and open to the public.

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Desert Green, Commercial Water Conservation Training

Desert Green is in its eleventh year and is designed to educate commercial clientele in the Green Industry as well as others who have an interest in water conservation issues. A committee representing the industry implements the training. Desert Green is chaired by one industry representative and one Extension representative. The program is presented once a year, with 36 classes taught in a two-day period.

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Desert-Adapted/Native Plants Garden

The Desert-Adapted/Native Plants Garden is located at the Extension, Clark County Logandale Office. It is designed to show people what trees, shrubs and other plants grow well locally. It is set up for self-guided tours. Enjoy the black locust, honey locust, sweet acacia, shoestring acacia, chir pine, forest pansy redbud, chaste tree, coolibah eucalyptus, golden rain and a lacebark Chinese elm trees.

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Green Industry Training

A workforce development program to train green industry professionals, who receive continuing education units for pesticide applicator, ISA-certified arborist and Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper

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Grow Your Own, Nevada!

Learn the secrets of high desert gardening

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Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management program is a long-term management strategy that uses a combination of tactics to reduce pests to tolerable levels with potentially lower costs for the pest manager and minimal effect on the environment.

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Invasive Species (Weeds)

Weeds are one of the most serious threats to Nevada rangelands and lawns. Hundreds of Weed Warriors, Woad Warriors, and other volunteers have been trained by Extension personnel in how to spot, control and eradicate noxious weeds.

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Living with Drought

Living with Drought connects stakeholders with drought status information, essential research, and tools that can be used to help address and assess the impacts of drought in Nevada.

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Master Gardener Native Plants Demonstration Garden

Members of the Master Gardeners of Washoe County's Native Plants Committee maintain a small demonstration garden on the west side of Extension, Washoe County Office.

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Master Gardeners of Clark County

Serving Clark, Lincoln and Southern Nye counties gardening needs.

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Master Gardeners of Nevada

Program trains local gardeners to provide research-based horticulture information to Nevadans

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Master Gardeners of Washoe County

Master Gardeners provide free, research-based horticulture information to Nevadans.

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Nevada Desert Bioscape

Extension’s Desert Bioscape program takes a holistic approach to conserving natural resources in an urban setting. This program targets adult learners in the green industry of southern Nevada. The program uses the successful Correctional Horticultural program as a model for development. Implementation of the curriculum meets the needs of people already working in the industry. In addition to these goals, training will be translated into money savings for the

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Pesticide Safety Education Program

Extension’s Pesticide Safety Education Program provides web-based training for pesticide applicators seeking to apply restricted and general use pesticides safely, properly and according to the law. Pesticide licensure and certification is administered by the Nevada Department of Agriculture.

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Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL)

Training will provide participants with local water, soil and plant information, basic and advanced irrigation principles and hands-on water audit skills they can use in the field

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Research Center & Demonstration Orchard

Researching new varieties of fruit producing trees, vines and other plant materials in sustainable ways for the Mojave Desert climate.

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Weed Prevention & Management

Integrated weed management is based on economically viable and environmentally friendly weed management tactics that combine use of herbicides with other control tactics, such as mowing, burning, tillage, grazing and re-vegetation. By taking steps to prevent weed invasion, land owners/managers and other stakeholders can avoid the economic and environmental impacts of noxious and invasive weeds.

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Weed Warriors Invasive Weed Training

The Weed Warriors program tackles the growing problem of weeds on public and private land.

Landscape Related News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

 
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A dreamy moonlight garden
Plants and objects to use in a moonlight garden design.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Bur Buttercup
Guide to identifying and managing Bur buttercup, a small, 2- to 5-inch tall plant that grows and flowers early in spring.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-20
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Common Lambsquarters
Guide to identifying and managing Common lambsquarters, a weed that grows a ground-hugging rosette form sometimes tinged with purple.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-11-63
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Common Mallow
Guide to identifying and managing Common mallow. Mallow grows in a rounded, bushy or spreading plant with tough stems and a deep taproot.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-21
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Common Mullein
Guide to identifying and managing Common mullein. a tall plant with pale fuzzy leaves and long flowering stalks.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-22
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Common Purslane
Common purslane is a fleshy plant that grows in a low, spreading mat.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-23
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Curlycup Gumweed
Guide to identifying and managing Curlycup gumweed, and arromatic plant that grows as a ground-hugging rosette form in the first year, and then sends up branched, semi-woody stems and flowers in the second year.
Donadson, S, Hanson Mazet, W. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-11-60
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Dandelions
Guide to identifying and managing Dandelions. Common pests of turf, dandelions grow in a rosette (ground-hugging form) that develops into a bushy plant.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-24
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Flixweed
Guide to identifying and managing Flixweed, a bushy, much-branched plant that grows up to 2 or more feet tall, flixweed blooms early in the spring.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-25
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Hare Barley
Guide to identifying and managing Hare barley.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-26
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Kochia
Guide to identifying and managing Kochia that when mature, grows into a Christmas tree -shaped plant 1 to 6 feet tall.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-27
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Prickly Lettuce
Guide to identifying and managing prickly lettuce, a bushy, much-branched drought-tolerant plant that grows to five plus feet tall.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-28
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Redroot Pigweed
Guide to Identifying and Managing Redroot Pigweed, a common source of late-summer allergies.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-29
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Russian Thistles
Guide to identifying and managing Russian thistles which grows into a bushy, prickly plant that breaks off at ground level and rolls with the wind when mature.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-31
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Tumble Mustard
Guide to identifying and managing Tumble mustard, a bushy, much-branched plant that grows up to 5 feet tall.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-32
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Western Salsify
Guide to Identifying and Managing Western Salsify, a grass-like plant is easily recognized by the large 2- to 4-inch-diameter puffball that develops from the yellow flowers.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-11-62
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Broadleaf Plantain
Guide to managing Broadleaf Plantain, a perennial that is a common pest of lawns and gardens.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-17
A Northern Nevada Homeowner’s Guide to Identifying and Managing Buckhorn Plantain
Guide to managing Buckhorn plantain, A perennial that has long stems with flowering spikes.
Donaldson, S., Hanson Mazet, W. 2010, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-10-18
california fuschia flowers
Add plants to attract hummingbirds
Attracting hummingbirds to your garden can be done by adding specific plant species.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
Are You Sure You Have a Pest Problem? Not all plant problems are caused by pests!
Sometimes our gardening practices are harmful to plants. For example, placing too thick a layer of mulch, accidently applying pesticides where we didn’t want them or forgetting to give our plants water in the winter when the weather is too dry can all lead to plant damage that is not caused by pests or diseases.
Hefner, M. and Kratsch, H. 2012, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-12-23
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Attend Nevada Field Day to learn about Cooperative Extension and other University programs
Attend Nevada Field Day to learn about Cooperative Extension programs
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
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Backyard Native Plants
Identification and treatments of shrubs and ground covers for fire safe landscaping at Lake Tahoe.
Higgins, Lesley V. 2009, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
A bundle of cheatgrass in front of a house
Be Careful! Cheatgrass is extremely flammable!
Dry cheatgrass is one of the most easily ignitable substances on Nevada's rangelands. It is the kindling that fuels many of our wildfires. Once ignited, cheatgrass fires can travel very fast. Be careful! Be prepared!
Smith, Ed, Davison, Jay 2008, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno SP-05-08
A flame from embers igniting a wood shake roof
Be Ember Aware
During a wildfire, thousands of embers can rain down on your roof and pelt the side of your home like hail during a storm. Embers coming into contact with flammable material is the major reason why homes burn from wildfires.By being ember aware and taking action ahead of time, a homeowner can reduce the ember threat.
Smith, Ed, Sistare, Sonya 2005, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno FS-09-05
living wall with bromeliads
Bring plants indoors to beat winter blues
What is interior plantscaping, including living walls.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
vegetables in water for regrowing
Bring vegetable growing indoors this winter
Using kitchen vegetable cuttings to regrow indoors.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
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Certified Nursery Workers (2019)
A list of certified Nursery Workers from the 2019 Green Industry Training program.
Fisher, J. 2019, Extension website
prickly pear cacti
Cold-hardy cacti
A list and description of cold-hardy cacti.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
russian sage growing near garden bed
Common herbs can become weeds
Many herbs are aggressive and become weeds in our vegetable gardens
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
pumpkins and canning jar
Create cozy, inviting home décor with fall leaves
Use items from the garden to decorate for fall.
Fisher, J., Hanson Mazet, W. 2017, Reno Gazette Journal
roses on arbor
Different rose varieties need different pruning
How to prune different varieties of roses.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
house on fire
Fire Adapted Communities: The Next Step in Wildfire Preparedness
Do you know what it takes to survive a wildfire? A fire adapted communities is a community located in fire-prone area that requires little assistance from firefighters during a wildfire. Residents of these communities accept responsibility for living in a high fire hazard area.
Smith, E., Sistare, S., Nejedlo, G. 2011, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-11-01
house plant on shelf
Four Myths of House Plant Care
Learned the scientific information that debunks many of the myths thought to be true.
Fisher, J. 2019, Reno Gazette Journal
Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees Create Memories, Improve Forest Health Andrews, A. 2016, Reno Gazette-Journal
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Gardening education you need
Educational opportunities in landscaping and gardening for spring 2019.
Fisher, J. 2019, Reno Gazette Journal
Green Industry Professional’s Guide to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
A Green Industry Professional’s Guide to Integrated Pest Management is designed to help green industry personnel understand IPM and to aid in implementing a pest control plan.
Hefner, M., Kratsch, H. 2017, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension SP-17-14
Hardworking Flowers for Your Summer Garden Panton, L. and Andrews, A. 2015, Reno Gazette-Journal
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Healing Gardens: How we can honor veterans
Healing gardens provide a source of relaxation, inspiration and rehabilitation for veterans.
Fisher, J. 2017, Reno Gazette Journal
A wildfire burns brush near a cluster of homes with text: How to Complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Nevada Communities
How to Complete a Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Nevada Communities
A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) describes the wildfire hazards and mitigation measures for a community. Completing and implementing a CWPP is an important means for residents of Nevada’s wildfire prone areas to address the wildfire threat.
Smith, E., Sistare, S. 2013, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-13-14
Hydrangea
Hydrangeas in Northern Nevada
Are there varieties of hydrangeas that will grow here? Yes. Will they thrive? Rarely, under average garden conditions.
JoAnne Skelly 2016, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno
Insect Management
Applying IPM strategies: Insect control can be split into these five separate categories.
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
master gardener volunteers talking to clients in the office
Is it scientific or just a myth?
The best place to get science-based information if from Cooperative Extension.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
It’s Summertime in the Garden, and Plants are… Sticky? Andrews, A. 2017, Reno Gazette-Journal
Landscape Design Principles Build Four Seasons of Interest Andrews, A. and Hanson Mazet, W. 2017, Reno Gazette-Journal
person performing catch can test on lawn
Look for QWEL-certified pros for your next landscape contract
Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper is a new program to Nevada for landscape professionals to learn about irrigation principles for water-efficiency.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
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Master Gardener Garden Tour funds community education program
The Master Gardener garden tour funds the master gardener program.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
Master Gardeners Help Nevadans, You Can Too Andrews, A. 2014, Reno Gazette-Journal
Mow This Way for a Healthy, Attractive, Hardworking Lawn Andrews, A. 2017, Reno Gazette-Journal
Native Plants Help Conserve Water Andrews, A. and Kratsch, H. 2015, Reno Gazette-Journal
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Nevada Nuisance Weeds Field Guide
The plants listed in this field guide are nuisance weeds, those that are troublesome, but have not been listed by the state as noxious weeds.
Hefner, M., Kratsch, H. 2018, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension SP-18-02
norfolk pine with red ornament
Norfolk Island pine: a living Christmas tree
How to care for Norfolk Island pine trees indoors.
Fisher, J. 2017, Reno Gazette Journal
Plant Disease Management
Plant disease management, like most pest management, is based on several important principles. These are the basic principles of plant disease management
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Planting Trees in Northern Nevada Landscapes
Adding a tree to your landscape is an investment in your property. A tree will add natural beauty to the landscape and provide needed shade for your home and family. Properly planting a tree will give it a good start toward a long life.
Kratsch, H. 2015, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, Fact Sheet FS-15-02
Plants Getting Sticky? Andrews, A. 2016, Reno Gazette-Journal
Pre-Emptive Pest Control Hefner, M. 2016, Reno Gazette-Journal
Preparing your landscape for a vacation
How to care for your landscape or garden during vacation in summer months.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
Principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
An outline of the principles and best practices of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Prune fruit trees to create beautiful, edible landscapes Andrews, A. 2017, Reno Gazette-Journal
collection fruits from cactus plants
Pruning Cacti And Other Desert Succulents
Pruning is an important part of any landscape maintenance program, including Southwestern desert landscapes. Pruning plants such as cacti, yuccas, agaves and other succulents is simple, but requires some basic plant knowledge.
Robinson, M. L., O’Callaghan, A., and Anderson, J. 2016, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, SP-16-01
Soil Testing Guide for Nevada Home Gardeners
A soil test analyzes a representative sample of soil for specific characteristics. Most soil tests use chemical measurements and models to estimate the amount of nutrients that are available for growing plants.
Gatzke, H. and Nelson, D. 2009, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
Spring Miracles– Planting spring-blooming bulbs Panton, L. and Andrews, A. 2014, Reno Gazette-Journal
potted kohlradi greens
Steps to a successful container salad garden
Growing a container salad garden at home is easy, includes steps and varieties to plant.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
Strategic Garden Cleanup Creates Garden Homes for Pollinators Andrews, A. 2017, Reno Gazette-Journal
A ponderosa pine trunk and branches
Taking Care of Residential Trees After Wildfire
Many trees can recover after fire, depending on the intensity and duration of the burn and extent of dehydration. After a fire it is important to determine which trees might recuperate and which will need to be removed.
Skelly, J. 2004, Extension | University of Nevada, Carson City/Storey County, FS-04-57
A women rakes leaves on her front lawn. House in the background.
Ten Frequently Asked Questions About Defensible Space
As Nevada communities grow, so does the wildfire threat on homes. The term "defensible space" was coined to describe vegetation management practices aimed at reducing the wildfire threat to homes. This fact sheet addresses some of the frequently asked questions regarding defensible space.
Smith, E. 1996, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-96-39
easter lily flower
The history and tradition of the Easter lily
History and meaning of Easter Lily including origin, current nurseries and religious meaning.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
person kneeling on pad while digging in garden bed
The importance of ergonomics in the garden
Gardening ergonomics are important for every gardener.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
The secret science behind bright long-lasting fall color Andrews, A. 2017, Reno Gazette-Journal
Tips for a Healthy Lawn
Follow these tips to conserve water, crowd out weeds, and grow a thick, green lawn.
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Tips for Building a Healthy Soil
Soil is the foundation for your plants. Focus on building a healthy soil, and your plants will benefit.
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Tips for Healthy Landscape Trees
A mature tree adds value, shade and beauty to the landscape. Keep trees healthy by following these tips:
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Tips for Lower-risk Pest Control
Products are available that have less risk to the user and others. Select these whenever appropriate.
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, IP
Tips for Managing Insect Pests in the Landscape
Did you know that 99% of all insects are not harmful to you or your landscape? Determine which insects are helpful and head head off insect pests by following these tips:
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP.
Tips for Managing Weeds
Use these tips to manage weeds and grow healthy, thriving plants in your yard
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Tips for Using Pesticides Safely
Remember, pesticides are designed to kill or repel pests. Keep yourself, your family and your pets safe by following these tips.
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
gardener with hula hoe
Top six garden must-haves for 2018
Best items for gardeners in 2018.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
Using Edibles for Landscape Accents Andrews, A. 2013, Reno Gazette-Journal
Vertebrate Pest Management
Vertebrate pests include animals with a backbone, such as ground squirrels, mice and pigeons.
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Weed Management
As with all pest management, it is essential to identify the pest before taking action. Most effective weed management plans include several control strategies. Weed control can be divided into five separate categories.
Hefner, M. 2019, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno. IP
Master Gardeners learning with training activity
What do Master Gardeners do anyway?
The Master Gardener program has a little for everyone and serves Washoe County through the Cooperative Extension horticulture office in Reno.
Fisher, J. 2017, Reno Gazette Journal
Iris in bloom
What is firescaping?
University experts give tips on keeping your landscape from going up in flames
Andrews, A. and Skelly, J. 2019, Nevada Today
What is Firescaping? Andrews, A. and Skelly, J. 2014, Reno Gazette-Journal
oregon grape flower
What’s blooming now?
Flowers blooming in spring that are inconspicuous.
Fisher, J. 2018, Reno Gazette Journal
White Pine County Community Situational Analysis: Results and Implications
White Pine County is characterized as a high-desert, semi-arid climate with a basin and range topography that is marked by a boom-bust mining economy. It is also marked by its natural resources and tourist attractions that draw people from around the world.
Urbanowitz, S. 2013, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
WIldfire Evacuation Checklist Information on How to prepare yourself for a quick and safe evacuation
Wildfire Evacuation Checklist
Information on how to prepare yourself, your home, and your family for a quick and safe wildfire evacuation. Be prepared! Please evacuate immediately when asked.
Smith, Ed 2006, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-06-07