Fact Sheets

Tree Care and Maintenance

Staking and Guying Trees in the Landscape

This resource will cover why to stake and guy, best practices, materials, placement, potential issues, and special situations that may arise. 

Stem Protection Fact Sheet

This comprehensive resource will guide you on how to select and properly use different stem protection methods in order to protect trees and shrubs in the landscape. 

Tree Watering

A quick guide to recognizing drought stress and tips on the how best to water you tree.

Caring for a New Tree

Tips for watering, mulching, staking, and protecting newly planted trees to increase future success.

Long-term Planting Success Often Begins with a Good Sweat

Helpful info and tips about sweating trees and shrubs.

Box Cutting Pot Bound Root Systems 

Info about box cutting root systems. 

Plant Selection

Tough Trees and Shrubs for Tough Sites

This document can help you select trees and shrubs for difficult sites throughout Minnesota.

Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Minnesota

Recommended Trees for Minnesota, An Ecosystem Approach: Northeast Minnesota, The Laurentian Mixed Forest Province. Cold hardy for zones 2 & 3 and 4 & 5.

Trees for a Changing Climate

Check out this resource to see which trees are likely to thrive in a changing Minnesota climate. 


Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) 

Learn about the signs and symptoms of emerald ash borer (EAB), common misconceptions, implications for Minnesota's forestland and urban forest, and what you can do to manage the insect.

Gypsy Moth

This fact sheet has information on the invasive Gypsy Moth including their host trees, control, management, and implications for our state. 


Bur Oak Blight

This fact sheet includes what bur oak blight is, how to spot it, and ways to protect bur oaks.

Dutch Elm Disease

Check out this fact sheet to find out about Dutch elm disease (DED), resistant elms, and how you can manage the disease.

Oak Wilt

Learn what oak wilt is and why it is important for our state.