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Tree Talk: Time to give thanks

 Thanksgiving, for many, is the 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,...

 

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 57,000...

 

Tree Talk: Veterans and Veteran trees

Veterans Day is observed on November 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,...

 

Tree Talk: Going batty

"They're creepy and they're kooky – mysterious and spooky - they're all together ooky..." Halloween is filled with images of things gloomy and cryptic: black cats and cauldrons, skeletons and spiders, broomsticks and bats. Bats? Of course! They...

 

Tree Talk: Creating vibrant North Dakota communities

North Dakota's Main Street Initiative was outlined six years ago as an effort to help revitalize communities across the state. Community leaders are inspired with a vision of "safe, healthy cities with vibrant, walkable main streets and downtowns to...

 

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 leave...

 

Tree Talk: Smoke gets in your eyes

October is Fire Prevention Month and local Fire Departments do an excellent job of outreach to homeowners, reminding us to replace the batteries in our smoke detectors and to take care with outside...

 

Tree Talk: All about firewood

There's something about sitting around an evening campfire, reminiscing about the day of hiking or hunting or simply spending time with family and friends. Any type of wood will do, just so it's...

 

Tree Talk: Falling Needles and Leaves

 Many people pick fall as their favorite season of the year.  We welcome the cooler temperatures, the occasional much-needed rain with a little thunder mixed in, and the cheers of football season!  Fall colors exhibited by deciduous trees and...

 

Tree Talk: Fall tree tasks

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. While...

 

Tree Talk: Blossoms and butterflies

Summer is winding down and it's time to take notice of the things that represent Nature's summer-best before they're gone for the season. Right outside my office window is a display of purple...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    August 8, 2022

Tree Talk: Return of the Elms

American elm is North Dakota's state tree. Elms were a natural choice for planting in communities and windbreaks because it is one of our tough native species. It is these tree canopies that, with their beautiful vase-shape, form leafy "tunnels" alon...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    August 1, 2022

Tree Talk: Honeylocust - A sweet tree

If you are looking for something a little different to grace the landscape of your yard, consider planting a honeylocust tree–specifically, 'Northern Acclaim' thornless honeylocust. While the...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    July 25, 2022

Tree Talk: Lovely lindens

Thanks to another grant from the N.D. Forest Service, the city of New Rockford is home to dozens of new trees. Participating homeowners planted seven different types of trees in June, and lindens were among the favorites. American linden, also known...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    July 18, 2022

Tree Talk: Let's visit the orchard

While apples are the favorite backyard fruit grown in North Dakota, a surprisingly wide variety of fruits can grow and produce abundant harvests in the northern plains. Since 2006, the Northern Hardy...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    July 4, 2022

Tree Talk: Thunder and fireworks

It's hard to imagine the 4th of July without fireworks! The first official celebration occurred on July 4, 1777 – one year after the adoption of the U.S. Declaration of Independence – with a...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    June 27, 2022

Tree Talk: What's the buzz about pollinators

The last full week of June is named as "National Pollinator Week." Don't worry if you missed it – there are reasons to celebrate pollinators all year long! Pollinators include bees, insects, birds a...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    June 20, 2022

Tree Talk: It's raining leaves and seeds, oh my!

We've needed moisture here in the Great Plains. We've prayed and hoped for rain, and now we're getting it – in some places, more than enough. But during the last couple of weeks, what's dropping...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    June 13, 2022

Tree Talk: Trees are not tomatoes!

Well, that seems obvious. But there is a point to this statement and we'll get to that. We've been through a long winter and gardeners have long waited to get their hands into the soil. Tomatoes are...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    June 6, 2022

Tree Talk: ABC's of Planting Trees

Tree planting can take place anytime during the growing season. With the cool, rainy season we are experiencing, now is a great time to get some trees in the ground! Trees provide shade, wildlife...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    May 30, 2022

Tree Talk: A day to remember

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the summer season. This is a time for celebrating graduations, the end of the school year and family get-togethers. But at the root of this weekend holiday is the...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    May 23, 2022

Tree Talk: Kids + Trees = Arbor Day!

Communities across North Dakota celebrate Arbor Day as a sure sign of Spring! The state's official designated Arbor Day is the first Friday in May – but communities can celebrate Arbor Day whenever...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    April 18, 2022

The Blizzard of April 2022

As we pick up the pieces following North Dakota's most recent blizzard, just how does this storm compare to others across the northern plains that have made the record books? (Note: this article was...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    March 21, 2022

Tree Talk: It's sugaring time

Maple syrup is not typically thought of as synonymous with North Dakota. Snow, yes. Cold, yes. But maple syrup? First of all, you need sugar maple trees, right? Usually, but we like to "do what you...

 
 By Gerri Makay    Features    March 14, 2022

Tree Talk: Wearing o' the Green

Don't look now, but March 1st marked the meteorological beginning of spring. When I was a kid, spring clearly started on March 21 (the vernal equinox – when the sun and the equator celebrate a secre...

 

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