Lawns, Gardens & Trees
Maximizing the Harvest
Our gardens look great now. Let's keep the harvest going as strong as possible and as long as possible. Maximize yields by harvesting regularly and confronting pests and frost.
Landscaping in Salty Soils
Plants struggle in saline soils. Salts burn plant roots and contribute to poor aeration and poor drainage. Select plants that tolerate this harsh environment, irrigate deeply, mulch plants, and improve soil structure with additions of organic matter.
Invite Butterflies to Your Yard!
Butterflies will delight you with their brilliant colors and delicate movements. It's easy to attract butterflies. Give them what they desire: sunshine, flowers, water and a place to rear their young.
Emerald Ash Borer Awareness
The following articles will help you become more aware of emerald ash borer, a major threat to ash trees in North Dakota: Overview and Background; Signs and Symptoms; EAB and Firewood; Financial Impact and the Value of Trees; Let's Diversify Our Tree Plantings;EAB and Insecticides.
Many gardeners recently sprayed their lawns to kill weeds. The weeds died, but in some cases there was collateral damage. Leaves of trees and garden plants are curling, cupping and twisting. For more information: Herbicide Injury to Trees; Twisted Tomatoes and Taters; Toxic Manure.
Featured Publications and Videos
Bee-utiful Landscapes: Growing a Pollinator Garden
We can support local bee populations by planting a pollinator garden. This publication will help you identify major pollinators, choose plants that will provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, and safely use pesticides.
Download presentation, and handouts: Perennials by Flowering Season and NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Certification.
Integrated Pest Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila
Spotted wing drosophila has become a major pest of soft-skinned fruits (raspberries, cherries and strawberries) in North Dakota. The small fly lays its eggs into fruits. The larvae feed inside the fruits causing spoilage. Learn how to identify and manage this pest.
Keeping Fruits and Vegetables Fresh and Safe from Plate to Palette
Fruits and vegetables are nutritious parts of the diet, but you need to take some food safety precautions. Contaminated foods have been linked with illness outbreaks.
Planting Trees in North Dakota
When planted properly, trees can live far beyond our lifetimes, providing shade and beauty. If planted incorrectly, trees become a liability or die prematurely. This publication describes types of tree stock, timing considerations, planting methods and post-planting care.
Download presentation and presentation summary
Tree Diagnostic Services
This series of 23 cards will help you diagnose common tree disorders in North Dakota. The cards contain diagnostic photos, host range, symptoms and signs, and management tips.
Tree Fruits Culture and Cultivars
Growing your own fruit can be fascinating and fun. Many types of fruit trees, including apple, pear, plum and cherry, can grow in North Dakota. This publication describes provides an overview of cultural practices and describes cultivars recommended for North Dakota.
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