FARGO -- A potentially devastating disease epidemic is attacking our region's most common evergreen trees.
Colorado, Black Hills and Norway spruce have long been planted in yards and shelterbelts. Most of the tree-type evergreens in our region are spruce, ranging in color from silvery blue to deep green and growing 40 or 50 feet high. And now a relatively new disease called Stigmina needlecast is causing serious damage.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's drought led to the deaths of 12.5 million trees in the state's forests last year, leaving behind huge amounts of dry fuel that could burn easily as the summer wildfire season begins, the U.S. Forest Service said Monday.
DES MOINES, Iowa — The emerald ash borer is in Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture says the invasive insect, which kills ash trees, has been found along the Mississippi River in Allamakee (AL’-uh-muh-KEE’) County, just south of the Minnesota border.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture plans to set nearly 23,000 gypsy moth traps across eastern Minnesota this spring.
It’s part of an annual program to monitor forests and cities for infestations of the destructive pest.
I have had many questions this week regarding planting gardens around trees. The deep shade under many trees prohibits grass from growing, leaving unsightly bare patches and exposed roots. Many of you prefer something other than this “eyesore,” and hope to plant shade plants where grass won’t grow.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — Months of heavy rains throughout the South are forcing International Paper Co. to look beyond its usual suppliers for wood for its central South Carolina mill and turn to places that are known to have tree-destroying gypsy moths.
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