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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.

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News

  • Oak wilt and other wonders

    November 29, 2017 | Bill Cook | Forests are under constant threat from current pests, and more pests are always on the horizon; forest owners and those interested in forests can help reduce negative impacts by learning about forest health issues.

  • Lichens: A partnership in nature that survives in diverse environments

    November 28, 2017 | Diane Brown | One partner provides food and the other shelter and protection from UV light and predators. Together, they can exist in climates ranging from polar to tropical and even aquatic environments.

  • All-season trees: River birch

    October 27, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | All-season trees like river birch provide interest to your landscape by changing colors throughout all four seasons.

  • All-season trees: Paperbark maple

    October 17, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | All-season trees like paperbark maple provide interest to your landscape by changing colors throughout all four seasons.

  • All-season trees: Sargent Cherry

    October 11, 2017 | Dixie Sandborn | All-season trees like Sargent Cherry provide interest to your landscape by changing colors throughout all four seasons.

  • Carpenter ants nesting in trees and homes

    October 5, 2017 | Bob Bricault | Carpenter ants in trees and houses are an indicator of a moisture and decay problem. Locating the problem gives you opportunity to act.

  • Introducing Michigan’s fall color lineup

    October 2, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Knowing which leaves are turning can add to your enjoyment of fall color season.

  • Why are my interior conifer needles turning yellow?

    September 29, 2017 | Jill O’Donnell | Needle drop of conifers in the fall can be a natural process, or it can be a symptom of other pest or cultural problems.

  • Resources on hemlock woolly adelgid

    September 26, 2017 | Heidi Lindberg | Two videos and three bulletins provide commercial industry and homeowners with new resources on hemlock woolly adelgid.

  • What’s going on with fall color in Michigan?

    September 22, 2017 | Bert Cregg | Early cold followed by warm, dry conditions make color forecasts challenging.

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