Pollinators – Keeping Our Forests Abuzz and Healthy

By: Jodie Provost, DNR Private Land Habitat Coordinator The news is abuzz about pollinators these days and for good reason. When the insects that pollinate one third of our U.S. diet decline dramatically, it’s time to take note! Wildlife pollinators are responsible for assisting over 80% of the world’s flowering plants, creating healthy ecosystems. These creatures include birds, bats, insects […]

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Tree Planting Glossary

ANSI: American National Standards Institute writes specifications and standards for many professions and products through committees of experts in that field (e.g. planting stock, climbing equipment etc.). At Grade: Even with the top of the soil. Backfilling: Refilling the planting hole, done after the tree has been stabilized. Balled and Burlapped: Planting stock that has been dug from the field […]

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The Well Planted Tree

A document produced by Krystal Schaufler, Doug Courneya, Gary Johnson, Jeff Gillman, Patrick Weicherding, Carole Kinion Copeland Click to view document as a PDF: The Well Planted Tree This document touches on the following tree planting topics: How to plant containerized trees How to care for a new tree What happens if a tree is planted too deep? What are […]

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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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Protecting tree seedlings from deer

By Kyle Asplund, Itasca County SWCD With scent/fear-based browse repellants such as Plantskydd becoming the “new wave” in animal browse repellants, Mike Oja and I set out last fall to see if the large move from bud caps to Plantskydd is the right move. We decided to try a small study on one small tree planting. Keep in mind that […]

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Seasonal care for trees & shrubs: Planting

In the Midwest region, tree planting of bareroot trees and shrubs is best done when the plants are dormant in the spring or at the end of the growing season (fall). Balled and burlapped (B&B), containerized and container grown plants can be planted throughout the growing season, but with caution during the summer months. During the summer, heat and periods of drought are tough on newly planted trees and shrubs.

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