- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring is encouraging North Dakota homeowners to do their homework before planting trees and shrubs this spring.

Goehring says many varieties adapt well to the state’s climate and soils, but some don’t. He says people should check hardiness zones and seek expert advice before buying and planting nursery stock.

Goehring says his department gets numerous complaints every year from both consumers and dealers about non-hardy nursery stock being sold in the state. He says most of the complaints involve larger stores that are headquartered in other states.

North Dakota law requires that all trees and shrubs designated by the agriculture commissioner as non-hardy be labeled as such, with a violation bringing the potential for a $500 fine.

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