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Safe pesticide

I'm planting a garden with lettuce, bell peppers, snap peas, cucumbers, strawberries, and raspberries. What pesticides do you recommend for insects in the Fargo Moorhead area? Any insight you could offer on the safety of pesticide use would be appreciated - the SDS's are a bit difficult to interpret. Any natural or homemade alternatives?
Thank you so much for your help answering my questions!

Clay County MN horticulture Posted about 14 hours ago

Dying evergreens

Three years ago I planted a shelterbelt with 200 Blackhills spruce. Each following year I have had to replace 3 or four trees that died, which probably isn't unusual. When I checked last fall and again early this spring, there were 4 or 5 trees that needed to be replaced, however in the last couple of weeks (May) I noticed that several more trees are turning brown and shedding needles. It appears to start on the north side of the tree. The trees are 1 to 2 feet tall, and appear to have good roots and moisture.

Is this a result of winter burn?

Grand Forks County ND Posted 7 days ago

Dead spots in my yard

Last fall I over seeded my yard and removed crabgrass. Yard looked great last fall. I've been using Scott's fertilizer. I follow the program they have. Was going great until this spring. Everyone else's grass woke up except mine. Now I dont know what to do. I pride myself on my lawn and it looks terrible. Any help would be appreciated.

Burleigh County ND Posted 17 days ago

Can anyone explain why these trees are dying from the bottom up? They appear...

Can anyone explain why these trees are dying from the bottom up? They appear to be cedars.

FM trees and shrubs trees Posted 22 days ago

Repairing bark damage from voles/rabbits


I have a 12-year-old maple tree that got attached either by voles or rabbits this winter. A portion of the bark got eaten away about six inches off the ground. I would estimate bark removal at about 20 percent of the way around the tree. What's the best way to help the tree repair itself? I'm reading things online about wound paints/dressings, but a lot of it is conflicting information. Any help is appreciated.


Cass County ND Posted 27 days ago

Round up around tree base.

To make mowing easier and to limit damage from mowers and string trimmers, is applying roundup around the base of a tree an ok practice? (This is on a golf course, so we have lots of trees). Do you have a publication on this? Is there a better alternatve?

Pembina County North Dakota Posted 28 days ago

low water lawn grass

What is the best grass to grow for a low water use lawn in Bismarck. I would like an acceptable looking lawn without breaking the budget due to new water rates.

Burleigh County North Dakota Posted 30 days ago

spring-planted bulbs

I live in Minot. Are there any spring-planted bulbs that would survive here over the winter without having to be dug up?

Ward County North Dakota Posted about 1 month ago

ash tree problem

I've got several ash trees with these on them the white area is very hard and the inside is very dry and brittle wood almost like sawdust. should i cut these all down that have these? or let them be?

Dunn County North Dakota Posted about 1 month ago

Sweet Corn Smut

Last summer my plot of sweet corn developed corn smut. We live SE of Fargo a few miles. We use a 50'x100' garden plot.

I physically removed the infected corn and stalks and burned it in a barrel outside of my garden. The garden was tilled for fall prep, except for the area where the infected corn was growing.

Is there anything I should do for spring prep? Can I till and utilize this area for other vegetables? I understand the fungus can stay in the soil for 3-10 yrs. Does this fungus affect other garden vegetables?

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Glenn Trautman II

Clay County Minnesota corn smut Posted 3 months ago