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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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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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EAB logoEmerald Ash Borer Awareness 

Emerald ash borer is destroying ash trees throughout the eastern part of North America. This pest is slowly getting closer to North Dakota, with the closest known infestation in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area (March 2012). In these articles we focus on the pest and how to prevent its harmful impacts in North Dakota.

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Diagnosing Spruce DisordersDiagnosing spruce disorders 

Spruces suffer from a number of insect, disease and environmental problems. Learn how to recognize and manage these issues.
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Birch in the Landscape: The Good, the Bad and the UglyBirch bark

Learn which type of birch to plant, where to plant it in your yard, and how to keep the tree healthy.
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Landscaping in Salty SoilsBuffaloberry 

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.
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Mulch MadnessShredded bark mulch around tree 

Do you enjoy torturing plants? If yes, get some rock mulch and place it around your plants. A rocky bed may look good to us, but plants suffer in this environment. Use shredded bark (or wood chips) instead. This organic mulch is better for many reasons.
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Trees in ShockLeaf scorch 

When a tree is dug for transplanting, it can lose 95 percent of its root system. That’s shocking! Learn how to care for your newly planted trees and reduce transplanting shock. Mulch your trees and irrigate regularly.
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American elmOur State Tree is Making a Comeback

There has been major progress in the development of elms that resist Dutch elm disease. This includes Prairie Expedition elm from NDSU. New cultivars and improved strategies in managing Dutch Elm Disease have made elm one of the finest trees for North Dakota landscapes.
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Tree Diagnostic Series

Iron 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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Planting treesPlanting Trees and Shrubs

This publication provides information on selecting trees and shrubs from nurseries. Step-by-step instructions on planting bare-root, balled-and burlapped, and potted plants are included.  
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Katsura treeWoody Plant Diversity in Landscapes

Learn why diversity is needed in landscapes and what we can do about it. We’ll discuss issues with monocultures and then give suggestions on underutilized trees and shrubs.
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Norway spruce conesConifers for North Dakota

Conifers, often called evergreens, provide year-round beauty, privacy, and shelter from winds. Learn how to select the best type and cultivar.
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Additional Publications and Videos


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Basic Guidelines for Pruning Trees and Shrubs 

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Dutch Elm Disease in North Dakota: A New Look

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The Old and the New: Two Needle Diseases of Spruce in North Dakota

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Emerald Ash Borer Biology and Integrated Pest Management in North Dakota

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Ash Tree Identification

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Managing Apple Scab in North Dakota Crabapples

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Integrated Pest Management of Japanese Beetle in North Dakota

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The Root of Tree Health: Beneficial Fungi

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Helping Flooded Trees and Shrubs

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Flood Recovery Guide for Infrastructure in Green Communities

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The Selection and Protection of Fresh-Cut Christmas Trees

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Composting Practices

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Garden Journal

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Horticulture in North Dakota: Seasonal Tidbits and Tips

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Fall Care and Clean-Up of the Garden and Landscape

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Update on Emerald Ash Borer in North Dakota

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Barkophiles: Why We Love Bark

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