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NDSU Yard & Garden Report for November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016

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NDSU Yard & Garden Report for November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016

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  • Bitter Cold, Snowy Winter Likely.  Much of ND is predicted to have a harsher than normal winter.    
  • Deer Repellents.  Now is a critical time to protect your plants from deer damage. 
  • Growing Fragrant Hyacinth Indoors.  A hyacinth can fill a room with sweet smelling perfume.  
  • Winterize Your Mower.  It's time to put your lawn mower away for the winter.
  • Last-Minute Chores Mulch tender plants, clean up your garden, wrap trees, plant tulips, and more.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for October 12, 2016October 12, 2016

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  • The Secret to Making Pumpkin Pie.  America's favorite pumpkin pie has a secret Ingredient.    
  • Dakota Fall Colors.  Enjoy the beautiful leaves of our native trees.
  • Timely Topics Tips on planting garlic, cleaning up the garden, wrapping trees, and more activities.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.



NDSU Yard & Garden Report for September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016

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  • The Grand Finale!  Nothing can match the brilliance of mums in autumn.    
  • Apple Harvest Season.  It's apple picking time! Learn how to harvest and store apples. 
  • Bon Voyage, Monarchs.  The monarchs of ND have began their remarkable trek to Mexico.
  • Timely Topics An illustrated survey of timely management practices in your yard and garden.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for September 12, 2016September 12, 2016

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  • A Mysterious, Magnificent Tree.  The Ohio buckeye will fascinate you with its flowers and foliage.   
  • Big, Bold Tulips.  Darwin hybrids have big blooms on sturdy stems.  
  • Timely Topics An illustrated survey of timely management practices in your yard and garden.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.
 


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for August 31, 2016August 31, 2016

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  • Secrets for Growing Sweet Potatoes.  Can we grow sweet potatoes in North Dakota? Absolutely!   
  • Loving Your Lawn September is the best month to fertilize, aerate and kill weeds in your lawn. 
  • Survey of Problems An illustrated survey of emerging pests and problems in our state.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.


 

NDSU Yard & Garden Report for August 21, 2016 August 21, 2016

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  • Maximize the Harvest.  Gardens are at their peak. Learn how to maximize your yield this fall.   
  • Annual Weeds Matching Quiz.  How many of these weeds can you recognize? 
  • Landscaping in Salty Soils.  Take these steps to help plants cope with this harsh environment. 
  • Survey of Problems An illustrated survey of emerging pests and problems in our state.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016

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  • Grow Your Own Smoothie!  Now is a great time to sow spinach for making smoothies.   
  • Safe and Natural Insecticides.  Enjoy a safe and abundant harvest by using these natural products. 
  • Survey of Problems An illustrated survey of emerging pests and problems in our state.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016

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  • Mysterious Crop Circles. Leafcutter bees are carving circles in the leaves of bushes.   
  • Trees in Shock.  Recently planted trees are in shock. Irrigate them regularly. 
  • Hort Shorts Protecting fruits from birds, irrigating a lawn, and monitoring for spotted-wing drosophila.. 
  • Survey of Problems An illustrated survey of emerging pests and problems in our state.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.
   

NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016

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  • Purple Power.  Purple plants can make a dramatic statement in a landscape..  
  • Mulch Madness.  A comparison of rock mulch versus shredded bark mulch. 
  • Hort Shorts.  Controlling skunk damage; taking a soil sample; preventing birch borers.
  • Survey of Problems An illustrated survey of emerging pests and problems in our state.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.

 

 

NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016

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  • Invite Butterflies to Your Yard!  These delicate creatures will enchant you.  
  • Matching Quiz.  How many of these butterflies can you recognize? 
  • Hort Shorts.  Summaries of growing aronia, lawn mowing tips, and managing messy crabapples.
  • Survey of Problems An illustrated survey of emerging pests and problems in our state.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.
  
 

NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 8, 2016June 8, 2016

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  • The Epsom Salt Myth.  Epsom salt does not prevent blossom end rot; it promotes it.  
  • Online Plant Doctors.  These online tools help you keep your plants healthy.
  • Warmer Than Normal Summer?  Our growing season may be warm with normal amounts of rain. 
  • Hort Shorts.  Summaries of growing aronia, lawn mowing tips, and managing messy crabapples.
  • Survey of Problems An illustrated survey of emerging pests and problems in our state.
  • Weather Almanac.  A summary of temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across North Dakota.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for November 2015

November 1, 2015

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  • Landscaping for winter. Design a landscape that looks great during our long, long winter. Think bark
  • Tree bark ID quiz. How many of these trees can you recognize by their bark?
  • Cardinals are coming.  Cardinals are flocking to the Dakotas. Learn how to attract these and other songbirds to your yard. 
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of growing tulips indoors, storing your lawn mower, and understanding blue raspberries.
  • Last-minute chores. An illustrated survey of projects to do before winter arrives.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of frost dates, temperatures, rainfall and other weather data across the state.
     

Yard & Garden Report for October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015

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  • Seeking balance. It's a challenge to balance the desire to have a quality lawn while minimizing our exposure to toxic pesticides. 
  • Tree leaf ID quiz. How many of these popular trees can you recognize by their leaves?
  • Jack Frost is late.  Most gardens have not experienced frost. Learn how to protect your tender plants. 
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of growing herbs indoors, ripening tomatoes indoors, and discovering the golden larch.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.
     

NDSU Yard & Garden Report for September 21, 2015

September 15, 2015

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  • Simple and beautiful. 'Annabelle' hydrangea is easy to grow and blooms prolifically. 
  • Do you know your lawn weeds?  Can you identify these 10 weeds? We'll tell you how to control them too!
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of growing apricots, discovering Jolt™ dianthus, and providing water to birds during winter.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for September 1, 2015

September 1, 2015

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  • Discover diervilla. A tough shrub with striking beauty. 
  • When to harvest?  It can be difficult to decide when to harvest some vegetables and fruits. Here are some tips.  
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of pruning red raspberries, growing garlic, and propagating coleus.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.
     

NDSU Yard & Garden Report for August 23, 2015

August 23, 2015

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  • Radiant and reliable. Sedum is a fall-blooming perennial that thrives in North Dakota. 
  • Grow your own gold. Fall-sown cover crops will add organic matter ("black gold") to your garden soil.  
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of picking flowers for bouquets, recognizing toxic berries, and laying sod.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for August 11, 2015

August 11, 2015

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  • First impressions. The first fall colors are on display. A look at Hot Wings® tatarian maple. 
  • Vines add a special touch. Vines accentuate the beauty of landscapes. Discover the best vines for ND.  
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of mulching trees, monitoring emerald ash borer and managing wasps.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.


     

NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 31, 2015

July 31, 2015

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  • Perfect perennials. Ornamental grasses are perfect for our prairie soils and are beautiful year-round. 
  • Bee friendly. Bees in ND are threatened by economic development and mites. Learn how to promote bee activity in your yard.  
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of building mason bee houses, growing blackberries and caring for shady lawns.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.



NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 18, 2015

July 18, 2015

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  • Restore the monarchy. Gardeners can support the restoration of monarchs in North Dakota by planting milkweed
  • Our state tree makes a comeback. Elms are hardy, sturdy and grow fast. Now there are cultivars that resist Dutch elm disease.  
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of monitoring for spotted wing drosophila, working safely in the heat, and harvesting leafy herbs.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.
     


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015

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  • A Miniature, Magical World. With a little imagination and some dwarf plants you can create a mini-garden full of wonder.
  • Get Ready for Fall Veggies! Many vegetables thrive under the cool temps of fall. Make plans now 
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of renovating strawberry patches, feeding birds in summer, and growing sunflowers in pots.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather Almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.



NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015

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  • "Blueberries" for North Dakota. Blueberries are nearly impossible to grow in ND. Grow Canadian haskaps instead. 
  • Twisted tomatoes and taters. Herbicide injury is the #1 threat to gardens right now. 
  • Hort Shorts. Summaries of summer lawn care, apple maggot control, and Dutch elm disease.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 25, 2015June 25, 2015

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  • Peonies on parade. This popular flower is in full bloom. Learn how to start your own bed of peonies.
  • First aid after storms. Fierce winds and ice pellets ravaged gardens last week.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.



June 15, 2015NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 15, 2015

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  • Japanese tree lilac. This tough tree has become one of the most popular trees in North Dakota.
  • Rusty plants. Wet weather has contributed to an outbreak of rust diseases on trees and shrubs. 
  • Survey . An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.

 


June 8, 2015NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 8, 2015

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  • Is today the day? Today is a great day to start your backyard orchard.
  • Did you sow GMO-free seeds? If you are not sure, the answer is yes.
  • Support your tomatoes. Support and prune tomato vines for healthier vines and higher quality fruits..
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.



June 1, 2015NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 1, 2015

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  • Ash trees dropping leaves. Cool, wet weather during bud break has led to an outbreak of disease.
  • Do trees need fertilizer? Learn if and when your trees need fertilizer.
  • Grow a giant pumpkin. Tips for growing the biggest pumpkin in the neighborhood.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of timely topics and emerging pests.
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.

 

NDSU Yard & Garden Report for May 26, 2015May 26, 2015

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  • Can you eat rhubarb after a frost? Cold temperatures damaged rhubarb. Soft, mushy stems should not be eaten.
  • Assessing frost damage. A review of frost damage on leafy trees, evergreens, vegetables and perennial flowers.
  • Would you like to be a bug trapper? A volunteer network is being established to trap Japanese beetle. 
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.

 

 

 NDSU Yard & Garden Report for December 17, 2014December 17, 2014

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  • Year of the Slug. The cool, wet spring was perfect for slugs. Plant growth was "sluggish" all summer.
  • New mega marigold. Gardeners in North Dakota raved over these enormous marigolds this summer.
  • Super sweet corn. A brief review of outstanding varieties in this year's trials conducted across the state.
  • New trees for 2015. Look for these disease-resistant elms and columnar trees at your nursery this spring.
  • Status of major exotic pests. Brief updates on emerald ash borer, Japanese beetle and spotted wing drosophila.
  • Winter houseplant care tips. Learn how to keep your houseplants healthy over winter.
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures and other weather data across the state.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for November 15, 2014November 15, 2014

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  • Better than gold. 'Yukon Gem' outperformed 'Yukon Gold', one of the most popular potato varieties in America.
  • Great holiday gifts for gardeners. These gifts will bring smiles to your friends and family.
  • Birch: A winter wonder. The beauty of birch bark is fully revealed during the long, leafless winter.
  • Sparkling jewels. Crabapple fruits add sparkling color to the winter landscape.
  • A warm winter? Temperatures plunged this week, but will we have a warmer-than-normal winter?
  • Real Christmas magic.  Learn how to select and care for a real Christmas tree.
  • Survey. Tips on last-minute chores, caring for holiday plants, and feeding birds.
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures and rainfall amounts across the state.


NDSU Yard & Garden Report for October 15, 2014October 15, 2014

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  • The Great Pumpkin for North Dakota. It's fun to grow your own jack-o'-lanterns. Choose these early maturing varieties.
  • Exotic tulips. Explore and discover some of the most fascinating flowers you have ever seen!
  • How to grow tulips indoors. Growing tulips indoors is fun and easy. Enjoy the bright colors of springtime during winter!
  • A new bean of highest quality.  'Crockett' is impressing gardeners with its dark green pods and high yields.
  • This new kale is magical.  Gardeners like the vigor, rich color and mild flavor of 'Black Magic' kale.
  • Know your manure.  Know where your manure comes from and avoid contaminating your garden with herbicide.
  • Survey. An illustrated survey of 27 timely topics for gardeners across our state.
  • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

 

    NDSU Yard & Garden Report for September 22, 2014

    September 22, 2014

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    • A perfect project. Growing paperwhites is fun and easy.
    • Weed-and-feed fertilizers have limitations. Now is a great time to kill weeds but a bad time to feed the lawn.
    • Sunburn protection for trees. Wrap trees to protect them from the scalding rays of the winter sun.
    • Celebrate squash!  Winter squash is part of our heritage. Enjoy its rich flavor on a cold, wintry night.
    • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 timely topics for gardeners across our state.
    • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

     

    NDSU Yard & Garden Report for September 15, 2014September 15, 2014

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    • A love story. There is much to fear -- and admire -- about hornets.
    • Escaped the first frost? Most gardeners escaped the first frost. How much more gardening season can we expect?
    • Ripening tomatoes off the vine. There will be lots of green tomatoes this fall.
    • Fearless winter weather prognosticators. According to legend, the woollybear caterpillar can predict the severity of winter.
    • Best time to aerate lawns. Aeration will loosen compacted soils and reduce thatch problems.
    • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 timely topics for gardeners across our state.
    • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

     

    NDSU Yard & Garden 1Report for September 8, 2014September 8, 2014

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    • The legend of Montana Maggie. Respect your zucchini. It can nourish and PROTECT you!
    • Frost scare. Parts of our state may receive their first frost this week. Learn how to protect your plants and extend the harvest.
    • The best time to fertilize your lawn. Fall is the most important time to fertilize your lawn. Now is when roots grow.
    • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
    • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

     

      NDSU Yard & Garden Report for September 1, 2014

      September 1, 2014

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      • The garden glutton. Beware of hungry hornworms in your tomato patch. They have an amazing appetite!
      • Starting a backyard prairie. Add a natural touch to your landscape. Now is the time to sow most wildflower seeds.
      • Plums for the prairie. Cherry plums were developed for the Northern Great Plains. They are hardy and tolerate drought.
      • Sneak preview of fall. Tatarian maples are already blazing. This is one of the most adaptable maples for North Dakota.
      • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
      • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

       

      NDSU Yard & Garden Report for August 25, 2014

      August 25, 2014

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      • A gardener's friend. Rhubarb is one of the most reliable and delicious crops you can grow in your garden.
      • Promising natural insecticides. These products can protect our crops and ensure a safe, abundant harvest.
      • Torches and pitchforks! Learn how to control fall webworms in our shade trees.
      • Harmful fruit fly may be here to stay. Spotted wing drosophila has been detected for the second consecutive year. 
      • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
      • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

       

        NDSU Yard & Garden Report for August 18, 2014

        August 18, 2014

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        • Fireworks in autumn. Mountainash berries are beginning to glow. This is a temperamental tree with four-season splendor.
        • Finest daylilies. Daylilies are among the toughest of all perennials. There are thousands of varieties; learn which are the best.
        • The Great Watermelon Challenge. Cold watermelon tastes great on a hot summer day. Tips on growing watermelon in ND. 
        • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
        • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

         

         

        NDSU Yard & Garden Report for August 11, 2014August 11, 2014

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        • Explore the world of garlic. Fascinating varieties from all over the world are available. Order bulbs now and plant this fall.
        • Selecting lawn seed. Now is the best time of the year to sow grass seed. Learn which grass is best for your landscape.
        • Pause on fertilizing. Allow trees, shrubs, roses and perennials to begin their preparations for winter. 
        • Worm-free sweet corn. Earworm moths are laying eggs now. Learn how to control them safely. 
        • Rotten tomatoes. An illustrated survey of the most common disorders of tomato fruits in North Dakota.
        • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
        • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

         

          NDSU Yard & Garden Report for August 4, 2014

          August 4, 2014

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          • Aronia: Awesome and awful. Aronia is easy to grow but tastes bitter when eaten raw. It's a fruit crop with great potential.
          • Summer lawn care. Lawns need special care to look good during summer. We give tips on irrigating, mowing, fertilizing and more.
          • Potter wasp. This is one of the most fascinating — and beneficial — insects found in yards and gardens..
          • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
          • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

           

           

          NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 28, 2014

          July 28, 2014

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          • Gaura: A natural beauty. Get to know this new award-winning annual flower. It is perfect for low-maintenance gardens.
          • Improving your land. This is a good time to test your soil.  A fertile soil can lead to a great yard and garden.
          • Pruning raspberries is easy. Prune raspberries to increase yields and fruit quality.
          • A safe approach to cabbageworm control. Cabbage moths are flying. We can use safe insecticides to control the worms.
          • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
          • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

           

            NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 21, 2014July 21, 2014

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            • The cherry for the prairie. An impressive series of cherries from Saskatchewan is coming on the market.
            • Sowing fall vegetables. This is the best time of year to sow spinach, kohlrabi, beet, radish and turnip.
            • Tomato blights appear. Learn how to recognize and manage fungal blights on tomato vines.
            • Renovate the strawberry patch. This year's harvest is over; now we need to strengthen plants for next year.
            • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
            • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

             

            NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 14, 2014July 14, 2014

            • Trapping fruit flies. Protect your fruit crops from this new pest from Asia.
            • Cankers on spruce trees. Cytospora canker attacks lower branches of Colorado blue spruce trees. Prune out diseased branches.
            • Pesky ground squirrels. Limit damage from these rodents in your yard and garden.
            • Controlling grasshoppers. Stay one jump ahead of the hoppers.
            • Scouting for Colorado potato beetle. Take action now to protect crops without using highly toxic pesticides.
            • Survey. An illustrated survey of 18 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.
            • Weather almanac. A summary of temperatures, rainfall amounts and growing degree days for gardens across the state.

                 

                 

                NDSU Yard & Garden Report for July 7, 2014July 7, 2014

                • Emerald ash borer heads to the Rockies. Implications of this discovery to North Dakota.
                • Dripping trees. Cottony maple scale has infested many leafy trees, shrubs and vines.
                • Borers buzzing in the pumpkin patch. Squash vine borers are invading our pumpkin and squash plantings.
                • Apple maggot flies are piercing fruits. Protect your apples by trapping these flies.
                • Whiteout--in July? Cottonwoods are messy trees.
                • Survey. An illustrated survey of 14 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.

                 

                 

                NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 30, 2014June 30, 2014

                • Bumpy leaves. Many shade trees are showing galls on their leaves.
                • Herbicide injury to gardens. Prevent herbicide injury to your garden plants.
                • Herbicides in manure. Know where your manure comes from and if it may contain herbicide.
                • Spruce sawflies are emerging. These pests can defoliate your spruce.
                • Carpenter ants are swarming. Queen carpenter ants are mating and looking to start new colonies.
                • Survey. An illustrated survey of 15 common diseases/insect pests/weeds faced by gardeners across our state this week.

                 

                 

                NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 23, 2014June 23, 2014

                • Hungry hares. Prevent rabbit damage to your garden.
                • Holes in chokecherry leaves. Protect your chokecherry tree from this disease.
                • Herbicide injury on trees. Leaves are curling, cupping and stretching. Learn how to manage this problem.
                • Gardening tips. Timely tips on pruning shrubs, storing seeds, harvesting asparagus, trimming tulips, pinching mums, and more.
                • Review. An illustrated summary of major problems facing gardeners this spring.

                 

                 

                 

                NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 16, 2014June 16, 2014

                • Dead or alive? Many trees are slow to bud out. Scratch the bark to see if it is alive.
                • Tent caterpillars. Webs filled with caterpillars are defoliating trees.
                • Birch borers emerging. The #1 killer of birch trees is on the attack. 
                • Ash blight alert. The cool, wet spring is creating a fungal disease on ash leaves.
                • Lawn mowing tips. Mowing is one of the most important factors in maintaining a healthy lawn.
                • Review. An illustrated summary of major problems facing gardeners this spring.

                 

                 

                NDSU Yard & Garden Report for June 9, 2014June 9, 2014

                • Cold spring. Cold, rainy weather has delayed planting and may lead to rotting of seeds in gardens.
                • Winterkill woes. The brutal winter killed marginally hardy plants and damaged many evergreens.
                • Fertilizing lawns. This is a good time to fertilize the lawn. 
                • Spraying dandelions. Let's review how to maintain an attractive but not weedfree lawn.
                • Woodpecker damage. Woodpeckers create havoc in spring as they stake out their territories.
                • Deer damage. Assessing deer damage caused over winter.
                • Ants on the march. Ants invade homes this time of year in search of food.
                • June beetles are flying. Avoid damage caused by June beetle grubs in the lawn. 
                • Plastic tree rings. These rings may stunt the growth of trees and make them susceptible to storm damage.
                • Flea beetles. These pests are creating shotholes in the foliage of apple trees and grape vines.

                NDSU Yard & Garden Report for January 2014

                January 2014

                • Great tasting sweet corn. This corn variety has amazed gardeners with its flavor.
                • Top vegetable varieties. Proven performers in tests conducted by over 250 gardeners in 2013.
                • How to water a houseplant. Accidental drowning is the #1 killer of houseplants. 
                • Seed catalogs. Go online and order these "adventure books" for free.
                • Pruning old apple trees. Most apple trees in ND require a makeover.
                • January gardening tips. Using deicing salts, storing potatoes, caring for houseplants, and more tips.

                 

                 

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