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 By Gerri Makay    Features    January 24, 2022 

Tree Talk: An apple a day

Breakfast is often stated as the most important meal of the day. On a cold morning, a warm bowl of creamy oatmeal flavored with cooked apple and brown sugar really hits the spot! That is, if you are...

 

Tree Talk: Backyard feathered friends

Birdwatching has grown to be one of the most popular hobbies in the U.S. North Dakota is noted as a birdwatcher's paradise, with wide-open spaces, featuring habitats that range from grasslands to...

 

Tree Talk: Winter is here

WINTER. If this season is defined by cold, snowy weather – then we have arrived. The local weather reports warn us to protect our bodily extremities (our head, hands and feet) from exposure, risking the chance of frostbite. With the harsh temperatu...

 

Tree Talk: Jan. 3, 2022

Happy New Year! If you are someone who feels compelled to make New Year’s Resolutions, here are some painless resolutions to make you happier and healthier: Become a PLANT owner. We are months away from tending plants in our flower beds and...

 

Tree Talk: History of the Nativity

The Christ Child in the manger and other pictures of the story of Bethlehem have been used in church services from the first century. But the crib in its present form, and its use outside the church...

 

Tree Talk: Finding solace in the seasons

We are closing in on the end of the year, a year unlike any other – once again. The annual Holiday Season is intended to be a time for giving thanks and spreading cheer. Song lyrics tell us it's...

 

Tree Talk: Holiday plant traditions

In addition to Christmas trees, there are other plants that have become traditional during the holiday season. Poinsettias are native to Mexico, but are grown in commercial greenhouses under special conditions, to prepare them for distribution...

 

Tree Talk: O Christmas Tree!

One of the most iconic images of the holiday season, Christmas trees, started as a German tradition and were introduced in the U.S. by German settlers. Live Christmas trees have been sold commercially in the U.S. since about 1850. Most of these...

 

Tree talk: Bountiful thanks

Thanksgiving, for many, is their favorite holiday of the year! Food takes center stage as tables are graced with savory and colorful sides of sweet potatoes, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberries and pumpkin pie. The meal revolves around...

 

Tree Talk: Snow, salt and soils

Snow, salt and soil: Not a recipe for the latest trendy dish. But it could be a recipe for tragedy for your turf and trees. As cold and snowy weather sets in, many of us focus on safety precautions – we watch the weather forecast, we gauge the...

 

Tree Talk: Veteran trees

Veteran’s Day is observed on Nov. 11 – to commemorate the end of WWI at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918. The day honors (and justly so) all of America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the com...

 

Tree Talk: Dodging the deer

In North Dakota, November is celebrated for a number of holidays including Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and another that is steeped in tradition – Opening Day of Deer Season. More than 58,000 hunters were successful in harvesting nearly 40,000...

 

Tree Talk: Tree sweets

If you ask nearly any kid, the best part of October might be the way the month ends: Halloween. The challenge is perfecting the most creative or spookiest costume. The reward is loads of candy! The...

 

Tree Talk: Leave the leaves

It is part of the Autumn Ritual: Harvest the last of the vegetables and clean up the garden. Mow the yard, one last time before winter. Rake/mow/blow the leaves – but what to do with all these leaves?? If you have an open yard, North Dakota’s...

 

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...

 

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