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Conifer Corner

Dr. Bert Cregg of Michigan State University writes “Conifer Corner” regularly for “The Michigan Landscape magazine, a bimonthly publication of the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA). You can visit MNLA’s consumer website at Plant Michigan Green. Dr. Cregg’s articles are listed by topic below.

Additional resources


  • Frost cracks and winter damage to trees

    February 21, 2012 | Bob Bricault | Temperature changes and availability of moisture can damage landscape plants during the winter.

  • What’s new with Imprelis?

    February 3, 2012 | Bert Cregg | Questions remain about residual soil activity and recovery of trees affected by new herbicide.

  • Order tree seedlings early for best selection

    February 3, 2012 | Russell Kidd | For landowners who are considering planting trees on their property this spring, place your order early in the year to ensure the best selection and choice of plant material.

  • Planting techniques for landscape plants

    January 3, 2012 | Mary Wilson and Robert Schutzki | New MSU Extension publication, “Planting Techniques: A Guide for Successful Plant Establishment” explains how to improve long-term survival and vigor of landscape plants.

  • Autumn olive: one invasive shrub

    December 1, 2011 | Gretchen Voyle | A pest of the west and beast of the east, the autumn olive can be one invasive shrub.

  • Shopping for the gardener on your list

    November 16, 2011 | Mallory Fournier | Unsure what to get the gardener in your life this holiday season? We polled MSU Extension educators to learn what’s on their wish list (and perhaps on yours, too).

  • Winter protection: Just one of many fall garden chores

    November 15, 2011 | Rebecca Finneran | It’s time to get you garden ready for ‘ol man winter whether you like it or not. Keeping the rodents and deer away, creating protective barriers and digging up tender perennials are things to consider now.

  • Oh, deer. Oh, dear.

    November 10, 2011 | Beth Clawson | Planting deer-resistant landscape plants this fall can help discourage deer and rabbits from using your garden as a free buffet during the winter.

  • Rosemary: The herb with winter problems

    November 2, 2011 | Gretchen Voyle | Cold, dark winters are a challenge for keeping a rosemary plant alive for next spring.

  • Fall needle drop: A natural phenomenon in conifers

    October 21, 2011 | Mary Wilson | Don’t panic! Losing old needles in the fall is normal for pines, spruce, fir and arborvitae.

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