Before you dig:
One of the easiest things you can do to help the environment is plant a tree. There is more to planting tree than just putting it in the ground.
It is critical that you choose the right tree and the right location. Regular maintenance will help ensure that your tree lives longer. The backyard tree care guide will help you select the right tree, plant it correctly and keep it healthy. View more information about choosing the right trees.
For a guide on planting, view How to Plant a Tree tips from the University of Minnesota.
Emerald Ash Borer
The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a non-native insect that destroys ash trees. This invasive species was accidentally brought to the United States from Asia in the 1990s. It was first discovered in Michigan in 2002. Since then it has been found in several states. It has now been discovered in Minnesota.
A common problem for our urban forests is that trees are dying prematurely. There are many reasons for this. Some trees are planted improperly, setting them up for failure. Many do not receive regular maintenance.
To help remedy this issue, the U.S. Forest Service has created the Tree Owners Manual. Like the owner’s manual that comes with automobiles and appliances, the Tree Owner’s Manual includes a parts list, instructions for installation, tips for troubleshooting common issues, recommended service and more.
Another common problem facing trees and other plants (both indoor and outdoor) is pests and diseases. For self-diagnosis of the most common problems in Minnesota, use the University of Minnesota Plant Disease Diagnostics site.