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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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Mums is the word at Spring Valley Greenhouse

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

If you’re looking to spruce up your yard this fall, then Spring Valley Greenhouse & Floral has what you need. The Greenhouse originally opened 40 years ago, and for the last 12 years has been owned and operated by the Gehling family (Carol, Jacob ..... 
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Winterize now, relax later

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Home & Garden

Everyone remembers how harsh and long the last winter was, and most predictions are for another cold and snowy winter this year. But although nobody knows for sure just how severe the winter will be, there are many winterizing tasks to be done arou ..... 
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Recycling 101 8.18.14

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

The majority of Fillmore County residents have the opportunity to make use of our roads and highways to get from one place to another. Their travels frequently allow them to observe wildflowers, cat tails, cardinals, butterflies, wild turkeys, bal ..... 
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Good time for an 8-1-1 safety reminder from Minnesota Energy Resources

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Rosemount, Minn. - Minnesota Energy Resources reminds everyone on August 11, or 8/11, to call 8-1-1 BEFORE attempting any projects that require digging. Calling the “8-1-1 Gopher State One Call” should be the homeowner and contractor’s first s ..... 
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Tips for lowering cooling costs in your home

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Continuous cooling during the dog days of summer can take a bite out of your budget. You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to a high-efficiency, ENERGY STAR-qualified air conditioner and taking other actions to lowe ..... 
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Community Field Day & Pancake Breakfast at Seed Savers Exchange

Mon, Aug 4th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Decorah, Iowa— Seed Savers Exchange (SSE) is inviting Decorah-area residents to Heritage Farm for a behind-the-scenes look at SSE’s work preserving America’s food and garden heritage. Made possible by Silos & Smokestack’s National Heritage Ar ..... 
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Don’t let your summer getaway open the door to fraudsters

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

Burnsville, Minn. – Summer is a great time for getaways, but while you’re on vacation, criminals are still hard at work. Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) warns consumers that they can find themselves tripped up by their ..... 
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Whats going on in the garden?

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Judy Lacey, Extension Ag Assistant When we vegetable and flower garden, this is the busy time of the year. I’ll visit with you on a few things that need to be done. Strawberries are about done now. We need to think about next year’s berri ..... 
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