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Amur Privet Privacy Hedge

I live in the Fargo-Moorhead Area and would like to create a natural privacy fence. I am looking for something that is quick growing. Popular suggestions include Green Thuja and Privet. The Green Thuja is considered hardy only up zone 5, but I found sites that suggest it would survive our local winters. Different types of Privet appear to be hardy in our zone, but I don't see many Privet hedges in the area. I was wondering if you had any suggestions to what type of Privet would do best in this area.

Thanks for your advice!

Clay County MN trees and shrubs horticulture Posted 26 days ago

Moles and grubs

What is the best way to get rid of moles and grubs in our yard?

Sioux County IA integrated pest management lawns and turf Posted 27 days ago

Sugar Maple Pruning

We have some fairly young (7-10 years old) sugar maples in our yard. They need to be thinned out. When is a good time to prune a sugar maple?

Thank you

Williams County ND Posted 29 days ago

Pinon yellowing

It is well watered but turnng yellow like it lacks some nutrient. What can i do to return it to its former green It is anout 11 feet high and re-planted last year Thanks

Bernalillo County NM trees and shrubs Posted about 1 month ago

pocket gophers

can you recommend a poison for pocket gophers that won't harm my dog? tried trapping them last fall to no avail. they've taken over the farm yard. caused $800 damage to underground power lines

Grand Forks County ND Posted about 1 month ago

Norway Spruce in ND

I am located in the Bismarck, ND area and am planning to plant numerous trees on a 2.5 acre rural residential lot. The Norway Spruce looks like a good candidate on paper, however I have heard of instances in ND where planting this tree wasn't successful. Can you give any past history on success and details on how to be successful in establishing the Norway Spruce in ND. Thanks

Burleigh County North Dakota Posted about 1 month ago


These junipers were planed in 1970 and the lower branches are dead and have been pruned. I found these chanker on two of the trees as shown. Enjoy the privacy afforded the row of junipers. How should I care for these trees

Stark County North Dakota Posted about 1 month ago

Pruning apple trees

I have 2 apple trees that are less than 7' tall that need pruning. Who can I call to have this done?

Thank you.


Cass County North Dakota Posted 2 months ago

Mildew in Ninebark 'Diablo' shrub

My 12- to 15-year-old Diablo Ninebark shrubs have had downy mildew for 3 or 4 years. Each year I prune branches out that have mildew. I disinfect my pruners between cuts, clean up as much as I can around the bushes, and throw all the leaves and branches in the garbage. The problem becomes more severe each year. These bushes get lots of airflow around and through them. I'm keeping the centers open for air flow.

I am wondering if I can give the bushes a hard pruning this spring before they leaf out, and if that will help control the mildew. How far down can I prune them -- is a foot from the ground too much? Or would I be better trying to control the problem with a fungicide. My thought is that if I get rid of as much of the mildew as I can, I would have an easier time controlling it with a fungicide. I have not yet used a fungicide.

Richland County North Dakota Posted 2 months ago