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  • Dakota Gardener: It's a great time to fertilize your lawn

    Ester E. McGinnis|Sep 5, 2022

    Early fall is the most important time to fertilize your lawn. The key to a beautiful lawn is a strong, deep root system. Your lawn grows most of its roots in fall. Feed your lawn around Labor Day and it will grow stronger, deeper roots this fall. As a bonus, fertilizing in early fall can repair any damage to your lawn caused by the heat of summer, strengthening your lawn for the cold of winter and lead to a quicker green-up in spring. Select a winterizer fertilizer. This fertilizer has the...

  • Dakota Gardener: Road trip to the International Peace Garden

    Ester E. McGinnis|Aug 22, 2022

    North Dakota is known as the Peace Garden State. However, surprisingly few North Dakotans have made the trip to visit the International Peace Garden near Dunseith, North Dakota. Straddling the border between North Dakota and Manitoba, the garden is a horticultural and historical treasure that is celebrating the 90th anniversary of its dedication. Henry J. Moore advocated for a garden to be built on the U.S.-Canadian border to commemorate the longest peaceful international border. A site was...

  • Dakota Gardener: The poinsettia is a distinctly American tale of innovation

    Ester E. McGinnis, Horticulturist, NDSU Extension|Dec 13, 2021

    Poinsettias are a familiar sight during Christmas. While the plant originated in Central America, the modern history of the poinsettia has a distinctly American flare. Despite deep cultural and religious roots in Mexico, the plant was largely viewed as a weed in the United States until the 20th century. The journey to adopting the poinsettia as an American Christmas symbol begins with a story of innovative immigrants. In Germany in the late 1800s, Albert and Henrietta Ecke founded a health spa...