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Don Kinzler


A lifelong gardener, Don was born and raised in Lisbon, N.D. and graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in Horticulture. Following graduation, he was employed with NDSU’s Experiment Station in Fruit and Vegetable Research and Woody Plant Improvement, and with Extension as Associate State Horticulturist. He and his wife, Mary, then owned and operated a retail garden center in south Fargo for 25 years. Don is currently NDSU Extension's Horticulturist for Cass County, N.D., the garden columnist with Forum Communications, and host of WDAY’s Lawn and Garden Radio during the growing season. He’s a frequent presenter of gardening programs and seminars. Don and Mary, reside in south Fargo. Readers can reach him at

Columns by Don Kinzler
This week Don Kinzler takes questions about preventing and treating woodpecker damage, whether sump pump water is safe for gardens, and when one should stop harvesting asparagus and rhubarb.
This week garden columnist Don Kinzler recommends 25 simple gardening items will make a big difference this summer.
Gardening columnist Don Kinzler answers questions about treating arborvitae winter damage and the best time to divide peonies. He also identifies the white-flowered trees currently in bloom around town.
Garden columnist Don Kinzler says watering a new tree immediately after the planting operation is a key to success. He offers tips for how much water to give and how often to repeat the process.


Gardening columnist Don Kinzler revisits the causes and remedies for patchy lawns this spring, shares additional tips for coaxing carrot seed to germinate, and more.
Gardening columnist Don Kinzler writes about shrubs commonly used for hedges in the Upper Midwest. He also offers tips for creating a hedge.
Fielding Questions columnist Don Kinzler explains what can be done about nightcrawlers, when best to fertilize lawns with Milorganite and methods for growing carrots.