Lawns, Gardens & Trees

Publication Basic Guidelines for Pruning Trees and Shrubs
All woody landscape plants will need pruning during their lifetime. The objectives of pruning are to produce strong, healthy and aesthetically attractive plants that complement our property. You can achieve these objectives by gaining an understanding of why, how and when to prune, as well as a few basic pruning principles.
Publication The Facts of Square Foot Gardening
Square foot gardening is a method of intensive gardening. The term “square foot gardening” (SFG) was coined by an American author, Mel Bartholomew, who wrote a book under that title. This gardening practice is ideal for residential areas. SFG is gaining in popularity because it makes gardening easier and results in high productivity compared with the space used.
Publication Troff document From Garden to Table: My Potatoes Turned Green. Now What?
Potato tubers turn green when they are exposed to sunlight during growth or storage. The green comes from the pigment chlorophyll. Potato tubers exposed to light will become green naturally as the plant seeks to harvest the light.
Publication Garden Journal
The expense ledger is meant to keep track of all expenses associated with the garden. All seeds, fertilizer, chemicals and other purchases should be recorded here with their price. Recording the brand name or company from which each item was purchased also may be helpful as a future reference.
Publication ECMAScript program Pickin’ Patch Feeding big appetites from small spaces
Short on space, learn how to get the most produce from a small garden.
Publication Gardening With Children
This publication summarizes the benefits of gardening with children and provide information about basic garden preparation, tools and resources for parents/adults.
Publication Octet Stream Tree Planting in North Dakota
This publication describes proper methods of tree planting and advantages/disadvantages of different types of nursery stock. Common mistakes and misperceptions are discussed, as well as post-planting care.
Publication Octet Stream Annual and Perennial Flowers for North Dakota
The organization of this publication is to provide annual suggestions for specific locations in and around the landscape: Low growing plants, tall, shade, full sun/dry locations, for massing, naturalizing, and fragrance.
Publication The Root of Tree Health: Beneficial Fungi
This is a 2 page informational publication on beneficial fungi, as they pertain to tree health and management.
Publication chemical/x-pdb Get the Most Out of Your Windbreak: Protecting Your Investment
This is an informational handout on maintaining your windbreak as an investment for your property. Information on water and nutrients needs, weed control and protection from damage are briefly discussed.
Publication ECMAScript program Popular Peonies
Peonies are among the most adaptable perennials for North Dakota. They include a variety of flower forms with beautiful colors and attractive foliage that remains long after the flowers have faded.
Publication chemical/x-pdb Home Lawn Establishment
With the short growing season in the upper Midwest, homeowners’ desire to have a decent-looking lawn is high. Whether you are establishing a lawn, or you’re a frustrated homeowner wanting to improve what exists for turfgrass, the information in this publication will provide steps to a more attractive lawn.
Publication Octet Stream Tree Fruit Culture and Cultivars in North Dakota
Growing your own fruit can be fascinating and fun. Many different kinds of tree fruits, including apple, pear, plum and cherry, can be grown successfully in North Dakota.
Publication Ruby script Asparagus and Rhubarb
Asparagus is the earliest vegetable you can harvest from your garden in the spring. The young, tender shoots of asparagus usually reach cutting size about mid-May in North Dakota. New shoots may be cut as often as every other day if temperatures and moisture conditions are favorable.
Publication Pesticide Safety: A Guide for Gardeners and Homeowners
Pesticides include natural and man-made substances such as insecticides, herbicides, fungicides, disinfectants and rodenticides. They are used to help control, destroy and repel destructive pests such as insects, weeds, plant disease organisms, germs and rodents.
Publication Octet Stream Diagnosing Spruce Disorders in North Dakota
Over a dozen disorders of spruce trees are presented. Disorders include insects, diseases, human-caused problems, environmental disorders and others. Color photos are included.
Publication Octet Stream Starting a Community Orchard in North Dakota
This is a valuable resource for organizations interested in starting a community orchard. It provides information on how to plan the orchard, select fruits and organize volunteers. It also provides sources of plants, sample budgets, funding opportunities, sample contracts and bylaws, and sources of technical advise.
Publication ECMAScript program Tree Diagnostic Series
This series of 23 cards will help Extension agents and Master Gardeners diagnose the most common tree disease and abiotic disorders in North Dakota. The cards contain diagnostic photos, host range, symptoms and signs, and management tips.
Publication Interpreting the NDSU Soil Test Analysis for Managing Turfgrass
This 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. Subject include soil pH, soluble salts, and nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium recommendations. Micronutrients are also covered.
Publication Refreshing Raspberries For Home-grown Goodness
No other summer fruit grown in North Dakota can provide the exquisite flavor, high nutritive value and sheer delight of raspberries. They are high in fiber and vitamin C, and are a great source of antioxidants.
Publication Octet Stream Butterfly Gardening in North Dakota
This publication summarizes butterfly gardening including identification of butterflies, life cycle, how to plan a butterfly garden, planting a butterfly garden, flowers and host plants of caterpillars.
Publication Bee-utiful Landscapes: Building a Pollinator Garden
Both native bees and European honey bees are in trouble in the United States. Homeowners can have a major impact on pollinators by planting a pollinator garden and providing suitable habitat. This publication will help you identify major pollinators, choose plants that will provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, and safely us pesticides.
Publication text/texmacs The Windbreak Cookbook Featuring Fruits of Prairie Forests
Beside shade and wind protection, many trees provide edible fruits that can be used on our menus. This publication provides information about trees, as well as, many recipes that show how they can be incorporated into our menus.
Publication Octet Stream Home Lawn Problems and Solutions for North Dakota
This publication will assist the homeowner in identifying problems involving common weeds, diseases and insects that affect turfgrass. Practical advise is offered to help homeowners remedy the problems.
Publication ECMAScript program Iron Chlorosis in Trees
Iron chlorosis is a major tree-health issue found throughout the state. This document summarizes the biology and ecology of the issue, including susceptible species and soils most likely to create this problem. Soil treatments and stem injections are discussed.
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