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Super Summer LawnsLawns require irrigation to stay green in summer.

Lawns struggle in the heat of summer. Here are some tips to keep your lawn green and growing during summer.   
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Worm-free Apples  Thumbnail

The apple maggot is the #1 pest of apples in North Dakota. Now is the time to set up traps to monitor for the flies.
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Tough Tree Gains Popularity   'Snowdance' Japanese tree lilac

Japanese tree lilac has become one of the most popular trees in North Dakota. This hardy tree has showy blooms, emerald leaves and glossy bark. 
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Emerald Ash Borer AwarenessNo EAB

Emerald ash borer entered Michigan in the mid-1990s and has been spreading ever since. It has been found in Minnesota, Manitoba and South Dakota. Green ash is the most popular tree in North Dakota and is susceptible to this borer. The following articles focus on the pest and how to prevent its harmful impacts in North Dakota: Overview/BackgroundSigns/Symptoms; Firewood; Value/Cost; Diversity/Replacement Trees; Treatments; Summary/Reiteration.


New, Colorful Coneflowers 'Cheyenne Spirit' coneflower

Purple coneflower will always be a mainstay in Dakota gardens, but new hybrids with brighter colors and unique flower shapes are drawing a lot of attention. 
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Lost and Found: Heirloom Apples 'Duchess of Oldenburg' apples

Crisp, juicy apples have been enjoyed by families in America and Europe for centuries. Thousands of varieties have been grown over this time but only a few are sold at grocery stores today. Modern varieties are attractive and have a mild flavor that pleases the masses. That’s great, but we are missing the bold flavors of yesterday.
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Gold Rush Taylor's Sunburst lodgepole pine

Nurseries have discovered an amazing array of golden conifers. Some of these plants sparkle in spring, some in winter, and some all year round! These colorful conifers are one of the hottest trends in landscaping today.
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Should You Aerate Your Lawn?Core aeration

Almost all lawns will benefit from aeration, and a great lawn demands it. That said, most lawns do not need it. Learn the benefits of aeration, when to aeration, what machine to use, and additional lawn care tips.
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Handy Tech for Watering TreesWatering bag on tree

Many communities have started using watering bags to help their young trees cope with the drought. These communities have turned to this technology to reduce their labor costs while at the same time effectively irrigating trees.
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Conserving Water in Dry LandscapesDrought map for September 26, 2017

Here are some tips to care for your landscape during dry times. 
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Japanese Beetle AlertJapanese beetle skeletonizing leaf.

Japanese beetle is one of the most destructive insects in yards and gardens. An estimated 5,000 beetle-infested nursery plants entered North Dakota since March. It’s possible that a new outbreak of this pest will soon emerge in North Dakota.
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The All-Star Pollinator MagnetBee on butterfly weed

Butterfly weed will bloom all summer in vibrant shades of tangerine orange, yellow and red. The flowers are full of nectar and pollen, making them irresistible to butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. It's the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year. 
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New Hazelnuts Show PromiseHybrid hazelnuts

Hybrid hazels combine the hardiness and disease resistance of our native hazelnuts with the large size and superior flavor of European types. It's a perfect combination!
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Backyard CampingFirst Editions® Campfire shrub rose

First Editions® Campfire is hardy, resists diseases, and blooms continuously all summer. Many rose experts believe it is one of the finest roses to come out of Canada.
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Lawns: Interpreting Your Soil Test AnalysisSoil testing for lawns

This new publication teaches homeowners and golf course personnel how to take a soil sample and interpret the soil test results to grow and maintain a health lawn. 
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Flowering ShrubsWeigela

Discover which shrubs are best for various situations in home landscapes.
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Landscaping in Shady AreasShade garden

Make your garden glow in the shade! Layer different textures, forms, colors and height to create a sanctuary from the summer heat.
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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 and mulch plants.
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Build Your Own Raised Garden BedRaised garden bed

Raised beds make gardening easier for everyone. We'll show you how to build sturdy, attractive planters. 
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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.
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Download presentation, and handouts: Perennials by Flowering Season and NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Certification

Planting Trees in North Dakota

Planting trees

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.
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Tree Diagnostic ServicesIron chlorosis

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.
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Tree Fruits Culture and Cultivarsapples on tree

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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