Trees

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They're responsible for millions of dollars in tourism revenue across the country, and feature prominently in the portfolios of photographers, artists and anybody with a smart phone.

But those fall colors: the gorgeous reds (anthocyanins) and shimmering yellow and oranges (carotenoids) are really a kind of tree sunscreen.

Seriously.

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Cool air temps, warm soil temps: it's the best time to plant/relocate/divide/share perennials ... but Tom Kasper reveals a deteriorating relationship with his garden as the season moves on.

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Master gardener Tom Kasper reminds us spring's not the only time to plant, and if your annuals are beginning to get tired, dead-headin' may solve the problem.

Less than a month ago, there was still ice and snow on the ground.

Which means, despite a weekend forecast of mid to upper 80s, the season for spring ephemerals is a little more ephemeral than usual.

Larry Weber with a wrap up of April stats (three times as much snow, but precipitation still below normal), the migrants who've shown up just in the last week, and happy news on the frog front.

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Storms, insects and street improvements have taken a toll on Duluth trees in recent years, and it turns out Duluthians take the loss of trees pretty seriously.

So tonight, a panel assembled by the McCabe Chapter of the Izaak Walton League and the League of Women Voters will be asking a lot of questions and encouraging the public to do the same.

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The League of Women Voters wants to get folks excited about Arbor Day again, so they're throwing a free public event May 20, featuring guest speaker Louise Levy.

The Lorax is rumored to be making an appearance also.

Author Nora Murphy had a lot of questions about the land her family settled when they came to America, fleeing the potato famine in Ireland.

In a series of essays dedicated to trees in Minnesota, Murphy walks the line, as Heid Erdrich put it, between writing "what she has learned of people, not about them."

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  Now that the storm clean up has been (mostly) completed, the next big question is what we can do with the now empty spaces in the landscape. We talk with Louise Levy, an arborist and founder of Levy Tree Care in Duluth, about what kinds of trees to consider planting, when is the best time to do it, and what planning and work needs to be done first.

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  Before we see the end of our all-too-brief summer in the Northland, there will be possibly more thunderstorms coming.  To help folks be more prepared for storm damages we invited Jennifer Teegarden, a DNR forestry outreach specialist, to talk with us about DOs and DON'Ts in terms of damaged trees -- how to assess damage, how to preemptively prevent future damage, and when to call in the experts.

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Hartley Nature Center is closed for the remainder of this week, after straight line winds in excess of 70 mph caused "trees down everywhere" in the park, blocking trails, damaging the nature playscape and the yurt and leaving Hartley still without power almost a week later.  It's a possibly hazardous - and definitely expensive situation as Hartley staff and the city continue to assess the damage and decide what happens next.

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Every year, master gardener Tom Kasper carefully tips the roses at the Rose Garden to protect them through the winter.

But trees aren't rosebushes, and trying to tip storm-uprooted silver maples and spruces back into place is a recipe for disaster.

Also: when it comes time to replant trees, Tom has some ideas for replacements with sturdy root systems.

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The growls of generators are competing with the snarls of chainsaws and the rumble of heavy equipment in some Duluth neighborhoods, still ... but even when the power comes back, it's not likely to quiet down any time soon.

Once the hundreds (thousands?) of downed trees are off power lines and streets - then what?

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Storm recovery continues across the area, with power being restored to more areas, including UMD. KUMD is now back on the air, and the Rolling Thunder Reunion show will go on at the Weber Music Hall tonight as planned.

Mayor Larson will be holding a press conference with representatives from Minnesota Power and St. Louis County at 10 this morning for an update on the storm recovery efforts.

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A storm moving through Duluth around 3:30am took out power and phone lines and uprooted trees, closing roads and prompting travel advisories this morning. 

The growl of chain saws started early as city crews and residents began assessing the damage. 

UMD sent out an announcement just after 6:00am, saying campus would be closed until 10:00am "Due to storm damage, power outages, and a no travel advisory."

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