Preparing your trees for winter

It may not seem like it with the unseasonably warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing this fall, but winter is on its way. Are your trees and perennials prepared for the changes ahead? Perennial shrubs and trees, especially conifers, should be watered generously until the soil freezes. Mulching trees will help reduce winter root damage. Young maples and thin barked trees may […]

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Dealing with storm-damaged trees and woods

Windstorms can cause serious damage and destruction in Minnesota forests.  The storms in early July 2012 caused extensive damage in both urban forests and rural forests and woodlots.  We’ve pulled together some resources that may be of assistance to homeowners and landowners as they clean up after the storm and plan for what’s next in their woods and yards. Research […]

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Stem Girdling Roots: The underground epidemic killing our trees

Download Stem Girdling Roots: The underground epidemic killing our trees (PDF) Gary Johnson, Professor, Urban and Community Forestry, Department of Forest Resources, St. Paul, MN; Dennis Fallon, Vegetation Management Coordinator, Xcel Energy; Andrew Rose, Creative Director, Hand/Eye Communications. How many trees die prematurely each year? Thousands? Millions? Billions? It’s almost impossible to pinpoint, but one unseen culprit – dysfunctional (abnormal) […]

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