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Fall lawn height

What is the ideal height to cut the lawn for winter

Otter Tail County Minnesota Posted 1 day ago

Spotting of leaves on 3 year old honey crisp apple tree


I live in Drayton ND and up to last week it has been extremely dry. I think we have had maybe only one half inch of rain all summer. It has been extremely dry . This is the 2ed year of drought .

I have a three year old honey crisp apple tree that show damage to some of its leaves.

The affected leaves seem to be mostly in the lower branches and one third to one half of the branch toward the trunk of the tree. In many cases there are normal green leaves next to the affected leaf. In other branches most of the leaves are affected by the infection. I noticed the infection maybe two months ago but thought it due to the drought, up to last week have been experiencing.

I am including tree Jpeg photos of the tree. two of affected leaves

Keith Kjelland

412 s 5th st

Drayton nd 58225

701 454 6595


Pembina County North Dakota Posted 2 days ago

Significant Bark Damage - Maple Tree

My son and a friend had a terrible idea one day on Sunday, August 18, to chop down a tree in our backyard with a plastic axe. I discovered what they were up at about the time when they had torn off a significant portion of the bark on one side of the tree (pictures attached). My husband, son, and I taped the bark back on the next morning after I "googled" how to save a tree. I read that we were supposed to put the bark back on in the same direction to save the phloem so that is what we tried to do. The tree is a maple variety and is about 25 feet tall and has been here since we moved in almost 11 years ago. I'm so worried about this tree so I have a few questions now that it's a month later:
1. Does it look like this tree will survive?
2. Are we doing the right thing to treat the damage? (Taped bark on in place and wrapped in burlap).
3. The leaves started turning red almost immediately after the damage which in my non-expert opinion was a shock-like reaction to the damage. The picture shows the red leaves are on the same side as the damage. Does this seem like a logical explanation or should I be worried? We have a 2nd tree just like this one and it has not started to turn fall colors yet.
4. As part of the treatment, my husband, son and I also wrapped the base completely in burlap which is removed for pictures. Is that something we should keep on?
5. How should I protect the tree during the cold fall and winter months to give it a chance to survive?

Thank you in advance, I really appreciate any help I can get.

Sarah Lindemann

Cass County North Dakota Posted 3 days ago

Burr Oak Acorn planting question

I read your article about planting Burr Oak acorns. I've just collected some acorns and want to see if I've got this right: plant the acorns in soil in a bucket now being September 2019. Take care of them in the bucket till the fall 2020 and plant them then? So, they will be out in the wintertime 2019/2020 in the bucket? Thanks.

Peg Hutchison

Warren County Iowa trees and shrubs Posted 10 days ago

Trees, shelter belts and how to keep them going

Hello, my husband and I have a farmstead outside Northwood. there are several trees that look dead or are on their way to dying. Some are part of our shelterbelt and we need them as cover. Do you have a list of arborists in the area who might come out and walk around with me, discuss what trees we have, which need cutting down, what I can plant and where? We don't know trees well enough to have a long term plan and know what needs to be taken care of first. thanks!

Grand Forks County North Dakota Posted 10 days ago

Wintering raised beds with perennials

We recently put in raised garden beds and have planted strawberries, raspberries, and rhubarb in them. What can I do to protect these over the harsh ND winter? Thanks

Cass County North Dakota Posted 12 days ago

Old apple tree branch rotting out

I moved into my house 10 years ago and it had an established apple tree in the back yard. It makes great applesauce and cider. But, one of the biggest branches is rotting out. I've braced it with some serious straps to prevent it from tearing apart the stump if it breaks off, but is there anything I can do to save the branch?

This year, it also has had a few branches just up and die on me. The only sign of damage is the bark pealing back to show black wood beneath. It might be unrelated. I planned on trimming the dead branches off this February.

Eddy County North Dakota Posted 14 days ago

Cantaloupe squished out overnight

Picked off my vine a solid full mature canteloupe yesterday, placed it on the kitchen counter and this morning found it sort of exploded into a nasty sloppy mess spewing fruit and seeds all over the counter.
What gives?

Knox County Tennessee fruits and vegetables food storage Posted 22 days ago

apple trees on zone 3

We have a honeycrisp apple tree that is dying from the leader on down. Can you suggest a similar tree that is more hardy for zone 3.

Grand Forks County North Dakota Posted 23 days ago

How to get rid of Fungus and spots on Apple and Pear trees

I have 2 red Apple trees 1 green Apple tree and 2 brown Pear trees. I’m having bad luck maintaining all trees. Every year since we move in this home All fruit getting these green or gray fussy Fungus and black spots on all the fruits. I have spraying the trees and nothing works. The approximately ages of the trees are 40 years old. Do I have to cut them all down and start all over? I wasn’t looking to do this unless it’s necessary. But wouldn’t the same issues keeps popping up for new trees? I have been destroying the gypsy caterpillar And nest every years for 3 years. Could this cause the fungus and black spots on fruits? someone want to visit our small orchard. Thank you Chris

Kennebec County Maine trees and shrubs apple trees Posted about 1 month ago