MyMinnesotaWoods – fall 2019 newsletter

MyMinnesotaWoodsFall2019Hello from the Extension forestry team!

We’ve still got fall color on our minds, especially now that peak color is creeping across the state. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the MNDNR’s Fall Color Finder to keep tabs on those changing leaves and make sure you don’t miss peak colors near you.

Fall is also a good time to do some last minute planting of trees and woody plants. Follow these watering guidelines to make sure your new trees get the best possible start before winter sets in.

And while you’re out working in your woods or prepping your gardens for winter, keep your eyes open for jumping worms, one of Minnesota’s newest invasive species. Your help keeping invasive pests at bay is one of the important ways that you contribute to stewardship of Minnesota’s forests. Keep up the great work!

Join us for a webinar on new climate adaptation resources

Climate change presents new challenges for woodland owners who want a healthy woodland for the future. Join us for this webinar as scientists from the Northern Institute of Applied Science discuss adaptation strategies and new resources that are available to combat a wide range of climate change problems.

Scouting for deer this fall? Scout for deer browse, too

Many woodland owners take to their woods in October to begin scouting for deer hunting season. A good way to learn more about where white-tailed deer might be found is by understanding what they’re eating. Extension Specialist Matt Russell writes about the different signs of deer browse that you might find this fall and what it means for the health of your woodland.

Answers to your apple tree questions

Trees are a great defense against carbon emissions because of their ability to capture carbon in the atmosphere. In Minnesota’s diverse forests, there are lots of different species that grow at different rates. Extension Specialist Eli Sagor answers a complex question related to this: What are the best carbon-capturing trees to plant?

Fall is a great time check for invasive plants

Many invasive plants will squeeze all they can out of the growing season. For example, buckthorn will keep it leaves on long into November while other native trees and shrubs have already dropped their leaves. Because many invasive plants operate like this, fall can be a great time to identify and manage invasive plants and noxious weeds in woodlands.

For more information, please visit: MyMinnesotaWoods