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The labor intensive nature of the work, the length of time it takes for an evergreen tree in North Dakota to grow to a saleable height, and the competition from “big box” stores are deterrents to raising Christmas trees, said Tom Claeys, North Dakota state forester.
"An 80 mph wind ripped through our farmstead near Larimore, North Dakota, toppling trees, some of which landed in inopportune places."
The Friday sessions, which will be presented by Peter Gag, North Dakota Forest Service health manager, and Liz Smith, NDFS stewardship manager, will be 15 minutes long, and there will be 15 minutes of time available afterward for questions and/or a discussion.
The state of Minnesota's Christmas tree industry helps pump not only funds into the local economy, but also helps with the state's environment as well.
In today's "Growing Together" column, Don Kinzler explains what we should do around the yard this month to keep our trees, shrubs and perennials healthy.
In today's "Growing Together" column, Don Kinzler explains how national supply chain problems could lead to higher prices, whether you buy artificial or real.

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"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also answers questions about cutting back ornamental grasses and how to keep a new hydrangea shrub alive through the winter.
"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also answers reader questions about a white coating on a local lawn and if there are crack-proof tomato varieties.
"Fielding Questions" columnist Don Kinzler also answers questions about taking out quackgrass in a lawn and how much water is needed when watering trees this fall.

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