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July 5, 2010 Horticulture Column

Howdy!!!

The weather is heating up and so is my schedule.  I AM NOT WISHING MY LIFE away but I am looking forward to August 15th.  I am busy working on my masters’, taking two classes this summer with one of them being 3 credits in three weeks.  I have mom and dad’s auction sale coming up on Friday, July 9th two reunions stuck in there to include a family one the day after the sale at our home.  We also have the North Dakota State Horticulture society coming to town on August 13th and 14th.  One of the home tours will be our home plus I need to take care of the daily business of the office.  The Fourth of July is already upon us which also means relatives moving to town.  I guess it does not matter what you call it but I am going to be pulling my little hair that I have left out by the end of July.  I would also encourage all of you to check out how our North Dakota shotgun team did in Texas.  The team was all from Devils Lake along with the coaches of Doug Darling and Katie Nettles.  We had a minor glitch before the journey and ended up taking another vehicle to Texas, unexpected, but all went well.  Watch the papers for details of the event.   I am guess they were involved with all of the nasty weather last week.

I have looked at many trees this past month and all having many different problems but one common issue does arise from a large portion of them.  We all like our yards to be very attractive and one of those additions is mulching around our trees, with either some sort of wood mulch or rocks.  This does make a very attractive setting but does create a very large problem for our trees.  I have talked about placing dirt around the trunk of the trees, during lake lot improvement and how the dirt will destroy the bark thus leaving the trunk exposed to the environment.  Well the same holds true with mulch and small rocks.  This area does not get dried off during the day and does start deteriorating  the bark.

 

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