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 By Gerri Makay    Features    October 11, 2021 

Tree Talk: Smoke Tales

Along with predicting high and low temperatures and chances of precipitation, weather forecasters added a new element to weather reports in 2021: Air Quality Index (AQI). Smoke from fires in the...

 

Tree Talk: Bugs and boxelders

October - the month of things black and orange: cats and bats, pumpkins and leaves, and boxelder bugs. Those pests!! They seem to magically appear every fall and congregate on sunny, warm surfaces....

 

Tree Talk: All about firewood

There’s something about sitting around an evening campfire, reminiscing about the day of hiking or fishing, or simply spending time with family and friends. Any type of wood will do, just so it’s perfect for s’mores. But if you are cutting or...

 

Tree Talk: Sights & Sounds of Fall

Many people pick fall as their favorite season of the year. After the extremely hot and dry summer of 2021, we welcome the cooler temperatures, the occasional much-needed rain with a little thunder...

 

Tree Talk: Fall tree care

One of the sure signs of autumn is fall foliage in the landscape, as woody plants prepare for winter. Here are some things that you can do to prepare your trees for the long dormant season: 1. PLANT. Fall is a great time to plant trees. Cooler...

 

Tree Talk: Ornamental trees for small spaces

Trees can be used to beautify even small spaces. Here are some trees that will work for narrow boulevards, near structures, or beneath power lines. Flowering crabapple trees are among the most widely planted ornamental tree species and many types...

 

Tree Talk: Maples

School is back in session! That marks the traditional end of summer and beginning of fall, with iconic smells of pumpkin spice and changing colors of the landscape. In North Dakota, we see lots of brown and gold fall foliage on the trees, but the...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    August 9, 2021

Tree Talk: Oaks

"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow..." This 14th century English proverb inspires us never to give up, and to remember that great things do indeed come from small beginnings. While there are many...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    August 2, 2021

Tree Talk: Lindens

Lindens are another great choice for community tree plantings. American linden is also known as basswood, with a soft wood that is used for carving things like duck decoys. This tree is native to the...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    July 26, 2021

Tree Talk: Trees, Water and Weeds

As drought conditions continue to spread across the country and across the state, the lack of water expresses itself through plants. Trees respond to short-term drought by wilting, leaf scorch and leaf drop. Long-term damage from drought happens over...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    July 12, 2021

Tree Talk: July 12, 2021

American elm is North Dakota's state tree. It is these canopies that, with their beautiful vase-shape, form leafy "tunnels" along elm-lined streets. Elms were a natural choice for planting in...

 
 By Gerri Makay    News    June 28, 2021

Tree Talk: June 28, 2021

This week’s featured tree is honeylocust – specifically, ‘Northern Acclaim’ thorn-less honeylocust. While the species is native to eastern states of the U.S. and is covered with thorns, ‘Northern Acclaim’ is a cultivar selected and...

 
 By Gerri Makay    News    June 21, 2021

Tree Talk: June 21, 2021

The current tree planting project in New Rockford has been completed! Through the Family Forestry Grant, 30 trees have been planted on various properties throughout the community. All have been planted, mulched with wood chips, and are being watered...

 
 By Gerri Makay    News    May 31, 2021

Replanting efforts begin in New Rockford

The storm that devastated the City of New Rockford was nearly three years ago – July 8, 2018. As a testament to the community's determination to rebound and rebuild, New Rockford was host to the...

 
 By Gerri Makay    News    April 8, 2019

New Rockford seeks help to replant trees

The City of New Rockford is submitting an application for funding from the North Dakota Forest Service to help replant trees in the community. With this grant, trees will be planted on the boulevards - but we need your help to water and care for the...

 
 By Gerri Makay    News    October 8, 2018

Tips for preparing and protecting trees for winter

We know the importance of winterizing our homes and vehicles as the cold weather approaches, but in order to get through the harsh winter, trees need some extra care, too. The USDA Plant Hardiness...

 
 By Gerri Makay    News    September 3, 2018

In the wake of the storm: Fall tree care and planting

Editor's Note: This article is the third in a series on storm response and recovery efforts One of the sure signs of autumn is colorful fall foliage in the landscape as woody plants prepare for...

 
 By Gerri Makay    News    August 6, 2018

In the wake of the storm: Re-greening the community

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series on storm recovery efforts. As we enter a small community like New Rockford, the trees we see affect our immediate perception of that community. Trees create a sense of place. Last fall, city leaders...

 
 By Gerri Makay    News    July 30, 2018

In the wake of the storm: Caring for storm-damaged trees

Gerri Makay, Community Forestry Program Manager, ND Forest Service. This article is the first of a series on Storm Response and Recovery efforts as related to the loss and damage of trees in New...

 

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