Lawn

May 7, 2013

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.

April 17, 2013

Soil Testing LabA quick update for those of you planning to submit soil tests this spring.  Effective April 15th, the University of Minne

March 14, 2013

Are you ready for spring or still enjoying the winter?  Either way, it’s time to start thinking about home lawn care again.  Last fall we were stressing the importance of maintaining moisture levels in your lawn amidst one of the worst droughts in Minnesota’s history.  In case you’ve forgotten, the months of August through November alone saw an eight inch precipitation deficit in the Twin Citie

November 13, 2012

There’s no question that the fall drought has taken a major toll on many of the turfed landscapes in Minnesota.  If you failed to maintain turf health through supplemental watering from August to October, you most likely have yet to make a damage assessment of your lawn.  During the summer months we talk a lot about letting our lawns go dormant during a drought and waiting for rain to replenish

October 17, 2012

I’ve received many questions from homeowners recently regarding fall seeding options if they’ve missed the optimal seeding window from mid-August to mid-September.  If you’ve missed that window, but you still want to conduct seeding practices this fall, my recommendation is to wait until November to seed.  This practice is called “dormant seeding” and is certainly an effective way to introduce

September 10, 2012

Hot July, Dry August

August 29, 2012

photo of lawnThere has recently been much discussion regarding the potential of no-mow grasses for use in home lawn settings.  That br

August 16, 2012

It was windy yesterday at the TROE Center!  Here are some tips for choosing seed for your home lawn this fall………..

 

August 1, 2012

If you’re reading this, odds are that your home lawn has been on a rollercoaster ride this summer and you’re wondering what happened and where to go from here.  The good news is YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  A quick look back at the climatological data for the Twin Cities from March until now puts the struggles of the 2012 growing season into perspective.  In mid-March we saw highs in the upper 70’s, and

July 26, 2012

With the extensive drought we’ve been going through in much of the Midwest, it becomes concerning to think that our lawns are not being watered as efficiently as they could be.  For homeowners with irrigation systems, some new technologies have hit the consumer market recently that will aid in water conservation and irrigation uniformity, ultimately increasing the health of your lawn and preser

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