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What are the best fungicides to use for snow mold prevention?  Follow this link to view the latest results from the 2012-13 Snow Mold Trials conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Minnesota.  Trials were conducted at various golf courses throughout MN, WI, and MI.

It’s 8 a.m. inside the WCCO-AM studios and callers are already in the queue, seeking expert help from University of Minnesota Extension and Master Gardeners as “Smart Gardens” begins.

And expertise is available in droves during “Smart Gardens,” WCCO’s new hour-long hit show covering gardens, lawns and more. A sampling from a recent show:

Last year’s heat and drought and this year’s late spring have added extra stress to lawns.

With buds finally starting to bloom on trees in the southern part of Minnesota and ice still stubbornly floating around on lakes in the north, it’s a good time to take stock of a strange year of weather and its effect on our lawns and vegetation.

2012-13 has been a year for the record books with extreme heat and droughts across the state in the summer and a winter that never seemed to end. Consider: 

For those of you who are wondering when to put your preemergent summer annual grassy weed herbicides down, NOW IS THE TIME. Soil temperatures are near 55 degrees in the upper profile and crabgrass will be germinating at 60 degrees. Any preemergent applications made after crabgrass has germinated will be ineffective. This application can be combined with fertility for increased density and spring turf greenup. Be sure to apply at the correct rate as directed by the herbicide and fertilizer label.

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