Trees & Forests Article Archive

Woody Weeds: Eastern Red Cedar

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.

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Spring Flowering Shrubs

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.

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Training Young Fruit Trees

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.

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Emerald Ash Borer Symposium

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.

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