By Dan A. Meyer, University of Wisconsin Extension and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Growing trees directly from seed can be more rewarding than planting two- or three-year-old seedlings purchased from a nursery– especially if you collect and prepare the seed yourself. It is, however, more difficult and time consuming to cultivate trees from seed than from seedlings, and […]
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 […]
Trees shade and cool us in the summer, protect us from cold winter winds, supply us with clean air to breathe, beautify our communities and provide habitat for wildlife. Selecting the trees that will survive and grow into healthy urban forests requires a thorough analysis of the planting site and a careful match of the trees to that environment. The […]
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.
Some of the most common invasive species in Minnesota’s woods include buckthorn, garlic mustard, Dutch elm disease and the emerald ash borer. Others that might not come to mind could be earthworms or Gypsy moths. All of these species are non-native and are causing significant damage in Minnesota’s forests. You can find identification guides to common invasive species at the DNR invasive species index.
A brief overview of Minnesota’s tamarack forest type: products and uses, growing conditions, regeneration, silviculture, and pests.
A brief overview of Minnesota’s oak forest type: products & uses, growing conditions, regeneration, silviculture, and pests.
An index to brief overviews of Minnesota’s forest types: Aspen-birch, Black spruce, Black walnut, Bottomland hardwoods, Eastern white pine, Jack pine, Northern hardwoods, Oak-hickory, Northern white-cedar, Red (Norway) pine, and Spruce-fir.
A brief overview of Minnesota’s bottomland hardwoods cover type: products & uses, growing conditions, regeneration, silviculture, and pests.
A brief overview of Minnesota’s spruce-fir cover type: products & uses, growing conditions, regeneration, silviculture, and pests.