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Questions asked to this group

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 North Dakota Posted 13 days 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 16 days 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 22 days 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month ago