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    Dormant seeding

    The ideal time to seed lawns in our area is from August 1 to September 1. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to seed lawns in late September because the new seedlings will not mature enough to survive the winter.

    Turfgrass selection

    Selecting the right grass species is crucial for the long term success of your lawn.

    Time to seed your lawn

    Does your lawn have a few bare spots or do you have more bare spots than lawn? In Northern Minnesota, August 1 to September 1 is the ideal time to seed cool season turfgrasses.

    Lawn grass selection

    Selecting the right grass is crucial for the long term success of your lawn.

    Roses for the home garden

    Roses are one of the most popular garden plants in the world due to the diversity of plant form, flower color, and fragrance. 

    Spring lawn care tips

    Lawns are subject to many stressors such as weather extremes, foot traffic, diseases, etc. It is no surprise to find a few areas of lawn that are bare or thin.

    Pruning tips for overgrown or animal damaged shrubs

    Deciduous shrubs that are overgrown or damaged by animals can be a real eye sore in a landscape planting.

    Snow mold in home lawns

    As the snow continues to melt from the lawn, patches of snow mold may be revealed.

    Apple tree pruning basics

    Yearly pruning of apple trees is critical to maintain optimum fruit production.

    Sunshine brings indoor bugs

    As the weather continues to warm, some of us may find unwanted visitors in the interior of our home.

    Over-wintering tender bulbs

    With frost, the blooming life of cannas, dahlias, gladiolas, and calla lilies will come to an end. Because of their tender nature, the corms, tubers, and rhizomes (grouped together as “tender bulbs”) that produce these plants are killed by our cold winters and cannot be left in the soil.

    Late summer lawn care tips

    Late summer and fall are an active time of growth for our lawns and it is important to keep them adequately watered if rainfall is insufficient.

    Plant hardy bulbs for spring beauty

    Spring flowering bulbs such as tulip, daffodil, grape hyacinth, and Siberian squill add beauty to any landscape.

    Tips for watering trees and shrubs

    Check out these resources for information about watering newly planted trees and shrubs and mature trees and shrubs.

    Colorado potato beetle

    Gardeners growing potato, eggplant, pepper or tomato may be observing Colorado potato beetle on their plants.

    Wildlife in your garden

    Are deer, rabbits, or voles taking up residence in your garden? Check out this link to find useful information to help keep the wildlife in check.

    Voles in the home lawn

    Voles are small brown rodents about the size and shape of a mouse. We usually observe their small surface tunnels winding through our lawn right after snow melt. The grass in these areas is usually eaten to the soil line, leaving the crown of the grass plant intact and healthy.

    Houseplant propagation using a vegetative cutting

    Houseplants can be propagated by vegetative cutting, layering, division, and micropropagation, to name a few. Perhaps the easiest and most common form used by the home propagator is the vegetative cutting.

    Tips for successful houseplant propagation

    Propagating houseplants is an activity the whole family can enjoy. Success depends on using the right potting medium, a clean container, and providing an adequate growing environment.

    Add color to your home with an amaryllis

    Amaryllis are a prized indoor plant that can produce 6-10 inch trumpet shaped flowers born on 1-2 foot tall stalks in mid-winter.

    Poinsettia selection and care

    Stores are filling up with numerous cultivars of poinsettia ranging in color from red, white, salmon, plum, red with white splashes, and burgundy, to name a few.

    Still time for dormant seeding

    As the calendar flips to November, most people are thinking about hunting, ice fishing, or the upcoming holiday season and not about their lawn.

    Protecting evergreens from winter burn

    Every spring some of us are faced with evergreen trees and shrubs that are no longer green but instead are brown.

    Protect trees and shrubs from rodents

    October is a perfect time to protect your valuable trees and shrubs from the teeth of rabbits, mice, and voles.

    Compost your leaves

    Fall brings beautiful colors and falling leaves. In nature, leaves are left to decompose on the forest floor.

    Creeping Charlie- underutilized ground cover or weed?

    Anyone that has experience growing mints or trying to eradicate them know they are aggressive plants.

    Planting strawberries in the home garden

    Strawberries are a delicious summertime treat, especially when you pick them from your garden. When given the proper care they are easy to grow and surprisingly productive.

    Still time to protect trees and shrubs from rodent damage

    There is still time to protect your valuable trees and shrubs from the teeth of rabbits, mice, and voles. These rodents cause damage by feeding on twigs and bark, voles will also eat roots.

    Earth-Kind® Environmental Landscape Management System

    The Earth-Kind® Environmental Landscape Management System was developed by scientists at Texas A&M University in the early 1990's. Its mission is to provide citizens with cutting-edge, research-based information regarding environmental landscape management.
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