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 By Gerri Makay    Features    January 30, 2023 

Tree Talk: It's Groundhog Day

Nearly every month of the year has its holidays – some of them to celebrate joyous religious occasions, others to commemorate historical figures or events. And then, some are just plain whimsical. G...

 

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 on your turf and trees. As cold and snowy weather sets in many of us focus on safety precautions, as...

 

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 it arrived nearly two months ago, long before the astronomical calendar-date of winter's start on December 21. Local weather reports...

 

Tree Talk: Happy New Year!

If you are someone who feels compelled to make New Year's Resolutions, here are some simple resolutions to make you happier and healthier – and they are easier than losing some weight: Become a...

 

Tree Talk: Finding solace in the season

 The annual holiday season is intended to be a time for giving thanks and spreading cheer. Song lyrics tell us it's the happiest time of the year. But for many, even in a normal year, the...

 

Tree Talk: Holiday plant traditions

 In addition to Christmas trees, there are other plants that have become traditional during the Holiday Season. The Christmas cactus is native to the coastal mountains of Brazil, found in lush...

 

Tree Talk: The perfect 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...

 

Tree Talk: The quiet of Advent

There is Thanksgiving, and there is Christmas. But there is an entire season that fills the weeks between, a time meant for quiet anticipation and preparation for the Nativity. The Christmas tree is...

 

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...

 

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