The SDSU Extension Urban Logging video series provides resources to utilize wood that would otherwise be wasted. Watch the videos to learn about identifying wood, economic opportunities and wood processing from John Ball, Professor and SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist, and Gregg Carlson, retired professor and former SDSU Extension specialist.
Woodpeckers have been seen across the region chipping away at the bark of young bur oak. They are drilling into the bark in search of these small larvae of the gall wasp Callirhytis flavipes. During the winter the small, white larvae are found within the inner bark of the branches and twigs of mature oak trees and the trunks of young trees.
Christmas tree lots are already beginning to spring up around the state and Thanksgiving marks the start of the Christmas tree season with more than 36 million trees being sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Here are some tips on picking out the perfect tree.
While eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) is native to South Dakota, and has many positive qualities, it has become a problem species over large areas of the Great Plains. Even so, eastern redcedar remains one of the more important windbreak species, and is still widely planted. Several cultivars of this species are also popular ornamentals. The cones are eaten by a number of wildlife species (cedar waxwings, pheasants, turkeys, rabbits, and others), and it provides dense cover for a number of others.
The first bright yellow blooms are a welcome change from a long, drab winter. Early spring flowering shrubs have a special place in our landscapes as they are the heralds of the warm weather yet to come. While our home landscapes should have interest year around, from spring and summer flowers to summer fruit to brilliant autumn foliage, a space or two should be devoted to an early spring flowering shrub or two.
This is probably the most neglected aspect of growing fruit trees. Most people ignore the pruning needs of their young trees and instead wait until the tree is reaching maturity before beginning pruning. Once you have a mature tree it is very hard to restore it to a good fruit trees. The ideal period to train young trees is during the first five years after planting.
The emerald ash borer (Argilus planipennis) is an East Asian beetle that is a lethal threat to ash trees across the Northern Plains. To assist communities, parks, and conservation districts in preparing for this pest, a one-day symposium on emerald ash borer and other exotic threats will be held on the campus of South Dakota State University Tuesday, March 10.
This question comes up each year as people start thinking about planting fruit trees. Most have heard you need to plant two trees to have fruit, often assuming you need a “boy” tree and a “girl” tree. This is not quite correct. You do need two trees for producing many tree fruits but it has nothing to do with gender.
Bark stripping is commonly seen at this time of the year on a wide range of trees species. Usually the culprit is not seen so tree owners are at a loss as to who is responsible for this damage. There are five wildlife species that do most of the damage to trees and they each have slightly different type of damage.
Fuel wood is a source of winter heating for many homes in South Dakota. The function may be merely decorative, the crackling fire in the fireplace or to strictly heat, though many fireplaces and stoves provide a balance of the two.