SPRING PLANTING. Looking ahead to the arrival of summer (since we’re just skipping spring this year), there’s much to do in the way of planting. Gardens, food plots, and of course, trees. When planting the latter for wildlife there’s three types of food-bearing trees and shrubs to talk about in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Mulberries provide a good food source for birds and other wildlife, and are a fast-growing tree. Simonson Photo)
DAILY CONDITIONS: WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sat. 4/14 – Februraryish. Hi 35, Lo 17, Wind ENE@8.
Tomorrow: Sun. 4/15 – Think Warm Thoughts. Hi 38, Lo 16, Wind SE@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:56AM Sunset: 8:30PM
Moonrise: 6:44AM Moonset 7:01PM
Overhead: 12:47PM Underfoot: 12:47AM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (3% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 6:30 – 7:30AM. With sunrise and moonrise aligned, today’s Edge Hour will come early.
YOU’RE NUTS. Oak trees are the primary deciduous nut tree planted in the cold region of North Dakota. Providing an abundance of acorns in autumn – though amounts will vary year-to-year – bur and other oaks give a forage source to game such as deer and squirrels. While they take time to grow, they are a majestic tree and often are found near riparian areas.
MARVELOUS BERRY. Fruiting shrubs and trees which produce berries provide not only valuable forage for songbirds and small game, but also a burst of color in springtime. From larger offerings like ornamental crab apple trees, to smaller chokecherry bushes and the like, there are a number of fruiting shrubs and trees available for planting for wildlife (and your table).
THINK BIG. For big game (and human consumption) tree plantings can include apple trees like the popular north-hardy Haralson or Honeycrisp varieties, along with plum trees. These meatier fruits provide larger forage and more calories for area wildlife, and make for a good late-summer and fall bounty!