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Getting your lawn ready for Fall and Winter


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Fillmore County Master Gardener

It’s not too early to start this process, which is hard to believe. Where oh where did the summer go? We have lots of fall work coming up and then winter!

The solder beetles are out in great numbers and as adults in form we know they will be laying their eggs soon. They are a pollinator, so are good insects. My later blooming plants sure are getting pollinated.

Perennials for the most part can use a little help this time of year. As phlox and monarda end their growth, they could be cut off at ground level and removed from the site. They usually have powdery mildew so they shouldn’t be composted.

Iris and peony can be cut back if they’ve not already died back. Iris borers and botrytis blight overwinter in plant debris, so be sure to clean all of the plant materials from them and they shouldn’t be composted.

Some plants can be left as is for winter interest, like astilbe, coneflowers, and rudbeckia. Birds often find these and snack on the seeds. Most of the grasses benefit if they can remain. Some grasses stand up most of the winter and are cover for birds and wildlife. Hard frost is an added beauty to the grasses. Come spring, rake or comb out the old growth.

Make a drawing of your garden, list the new plans you added this year and know where to watch for them next spring. I think I’m going to remember but don’t. If I flag them and the grandkids move the flags, as happens at my house, that doesn’t help either! Keep your map up to date and that will help you plan in the spring as to where to stick in annuals.

Roses need special care to survive the winter. The hardy shrub roses for our zone will be fine. The tea roses need the Minnesota tip method or mounding of soil to cover the crowns. Every tea rose you are able to overwinter is a bonus.

Your summer bulbs need to be dug, dried, and prepared for winter storage. Your dahlias, cannas, glads, and begonia’s would be this kind of plant. If you planted the beautiful amaryllis you received at Christmas time, don’t forget to dig it, let it dry down naturally and store it in a cool dry place.

How about our lawns? Fall care is very important for a healthy green carpet of grass. When the leaves fall, a light covering of leaves won’t hurt the lawn. If after you mow you see shredded leaves on top of the grass, that means you .....
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Community garden coming to Harmony

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony city council meeting on October 14, Becky Hoff, along with Brenda Pohlman from Fillmore County Public Health and Aaron Bishop from Niagara Cave, approached the city council about starting a community garden. According to Hoff, they ..... 
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Rushford hires full-time officer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Police Department is in the midst of several staffing changes, following the recent resignations of officers Wade Anderson and Cody Bellock. The department was comprised of three full-time officers and one part-time officer, Ryan Quanr ..... 
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Minnesota Historical Society announces newest recipients of Historical and Cultural Heritage Grants

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro State of Minnesota

41 mid-size and large grants made possible by the Legacy Amendment are awarded to organizations in 23 counties throughout Minnesota for projects of enduring value ST. PAUL, Minn. –The Minnesota Historical Society announces the newest recipient ..... 
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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Whalan’s “emergency siren” is currently not working, but plans are underway for corrective measures to change that, the Whalan City Council learned at its monthly meeting on October 13. An apparent water leak at the top of the siren pole, a le ..... 
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Chatfield discusses allowing a food vendor use of a city parking lot

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the October 13 Chatfield city council meeting a request from Joseph Lawler, Anthony’s Wood-Fired Pizza, to set up a food truck in the parking lot next to the library (corner of Main St. and Third St.) was discussed. The request was to set up on ..... 
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Two programs, one day at Harmony Library

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Education

“A Monster Meeting for Kids”, with Draga Stefanovic reading her book, “A Monster Meeting about Healthy Eating”, will take place at 11 a.m. on October 25 at the Harmony Library. Later the same day, join Rochester native, Erin Hart, in discus ..... 
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County discusses tobacco policy

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The draft of a Tobacco Free Workplace Policy was discussed at the county board’s October 14 meeting. Several months ago a committee was formed to develop a policy. This day the current draft was discussed, especially the scope of the policy, where ..... 
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Area residents meet new business owners in Harmony

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Business Announcements

Things change. People change. Businesses change hands. That is just what has happened in the town of Harmony, Minn., as the former Torgerson’s Paint & Floor Covering, Inc. has recently been renamed: Torgerson - Ostby Floor Coverings & Stone, Inc. ..... 
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