Yes, I said summer! With temperatures in the mid-80’s and dew points approaching 70 degrees, I think it’s safe to say that summer has finally arrived. With the arrival of summer, we also notice that many weeds are starting to show themselves in Minnesota lawns. The late winter (or cold spring…..whatever you want to call it) left many of us scratching our heads wondering if our turf would hav
Perfect and Low-Maintenance?
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.
What a difference a year can make. We certainly didn’t expect to be writing this report in the end of April while looking at snow on the ground across the state. Now compare this to last spring, with golf courses opening in mid-March, and it gives us a little perspective on the influences that Mother Nature can dish out from season to season. This winter has certainly gone on long enough, bu
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