Selecting fruit and nut producing plants for your landscape

There are many benefits to planting trees and shrubs in your landscape. Trees take in carbon dioxide and expel oxygen in a harmonious relationship with breathing animals and humans. “One acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide and produces 4 tons of oxygen. Enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” (USDA) Trees improve soil and water […]

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Plan for a future with fewer ash trees

Minnesota now has more ash trees than any other state, a claim held by Michigan until emerald ash borer (EAB) arrived there and destroyed millions of ash beginning in 2002. Ash is an important part of Minnesota’s forest environment and our communities. It is also very common in wind and snow fencing around the state. University of Minnesota Extension recognized […]

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Fitting trees and shrubs into the landscape

Extension’s Mike Zins has an online publication about choosing trees and shrubs for landscape plantings. Excerpt: It is important to have an idea of the approximate size at maturity of the trees and shrubs commonly used in landscape plantings. Mature size is greatly influenced by the length of the growing season, temperature, light, water, soil type, fertility, and many other […]

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The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Masterplan

By Ken Simons and Gary R. Johnson Download the entire document: The Road to a Thoughtful Street Tree Master Plan (PDF, 6.9MB) and see the accompanying slideshow series, added in December 2011. Down through the ages, the roadside planting of trees has mirrored the order, prosperity and achievements of civilized societies. Man-made row plantings of uniformly spaced trees are evidence […]

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Selecting woody and herbaceous plants for landscapes and roads

Making Choices for Roadside Planting The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Plant Selector program, Woody & Herbaceous plants for Minnesota Landscapes & Roadsides, was developed in 1995 and through several phases has been refined to become more user-friendly. The primary goal and objective of this program is to facilitate selecting the most appropriate plants for landscaping on Minnesota Roadsides or Landscapes. […]

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Five things every woodland owner needs to know

Based on input from our readers and others, our readers’ suggestions, here’s our list of the five things every Minnesota woodland owner needs to know: Rather listen than read? This content is also available as a recorded webinar, about 45 minutes in length, recorded in January 2010.  Click here to watch the recorded webinar (make sure your computer speakers are […]

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