Hillsdale County, Michigan

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Help assessing the quality of white pine trees for lumber

Hello, I have 500+ white pine trees on my property. The are about 45 years old. I need to cut down at least 150 to make room for a house. I was told that you might be able to help assess the quality of these trees for use as lumber, especially for timber frame (or post and beam) construction. I have assessed size (diameter). But I was told that growth rate and the size of the growth rings will influence quality, and that you might even have the ability and expertise to take core samples. Any help appreciated. I apologize if this comes more than once, but the system does not give any indication that the submission has been successful so I did it twice. Thanks. Doug Dobrozsi, doug@dobrozsi.net, 513-403-1951

Hillsdale County MI 9 months ago

My mattress retains body heat .

My memory foam mattress retains body heat making it difficult to sleep, will placing heat reflecting material on top of the mattress help to keep me cool?


Hillsdale County MI over 4 years ago

Identify pest or pathogen

Is there a good app for identifying plant diseases? Can you identify cause of problem on the echinacea plant pictured in the attached photo? Thanks



Hillsdale County MI 7 months ago

Grapes buds are not growing

I have 5 year old grape vines that are budded (green buds) and have started to swell and just stopped. I should have several feet of growth by now. What is happening?



Hillsdale County MI over 2 years ago

lake testing

Does MSU offer water quality testing for inland lakes?


Hillsdale County MI 8 months ago

can you register a mini shetland when only the sire is registered?

I have had a mini shetland given to me and the sire is registered but the dam is not, could I register the foal?


Hillsdale County MI over 7 years ago

Sick cherry tree

I live in Hillsdale and I have a large cherry tree in my back yard. I am not sure of the exact type of cherry, but it doesn't fruit, at least I have never known it to fruit. It is a large tree with four or five large trunks branching off from the base. This summer I noticed one whole trunk has died. It didn't leaf at all this summer. The trunk of the tree seems to weeping sap and the bark is beginning to peel back. I've noticed that this seems to be spreading to the other trunks. I've attached pictures below. Is there any hope of saving the tree?


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Hillsdale County MI over 3 years ago

Conflict of interest

I am the chairman of my township's Planning Commission. Two members of the commission have a clear (they both admit this freely) conflict of interest with an agenda item. What is the statute that specifically applies to their level of involvement on this agenda item? They will not vote and have not in the past on this issue. However, should they sit in the audience, leave the room, or even speak on the issue via email?


Hillsdale County MI almost 6 years ago

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