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Fall Home & Garden: Autumn garden care to-do list


Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

By Nancy Huisenga, Fillmore County Master GardenerNow that the 2003 gardening year is drawing to a close, it’s time to go through a To-Do List of Garden Care Tips to ensure the best chance for successful wintering of trees, shrubs, lawns and perennials. Here we go!In generalDon’t stop weeding! Weeds not only compete with your plants for nutrients and water, they harbor disease-carrying insects that will crop up next year. Keep watering! This allows perennials, trees and shrubs to go through the slow, long process of shutting down for dormancy in winter. Keep the upper 6-8 inches of the soil around trees and shrubs moist, watering newly-planted trees and shrubs every 2-3 days, preferably with a soaker hose for several hours at a time. Water a five-inch diameter tree 5-7 feet out from the trunk, where the feeder roots are. Lawn care1. Rake up your leaves and decrease your mowing height gradually to help prevent the moisture accumulation that contributes to snow mold, seen on the grass in the spring. 2. Fertilize once more in late October when grass has gone dormant and no longer requires mowing. Care of trees and shrubs1. Prune oaks now. 2. Plant and mulch young evergreens, as well as new deciduous trees and shrubs during September and even after they have lost their leaves and gone dormant. Taking advantage of fall sales is wonderful, but be sure to select healthy specimens. After watering the new trees, remove grass and add 2-4 inches of mulch, keeping it 2 inches away from the trunk.3. Fruit treesa. Do NOT prune fruit trees – this is a spring-time activity, done just as the buds start swelling. If you prune now, the plant will be susceptible to dieback and freezing injury. b. Protect the tree bark with deer/rabbit/mouse guards. Wrap trunks with hardware cloth that has a 1/4 inch opening up to the expected snow line. Flowers1. Bring houseplants indoors during cool nights. Separate them from other indoor plants until you’re sure they are insect-free.2. Pull out and compost healthy annuals such as impatiens, zinnias and petunias after the killing frost. Look for infected plants and destroy that foliage.3. Cut back perennials as they yellow – chrysanthemums and asters can be cut back to a few .....
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New school immunization rules adopted by state

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has adopted rules that set out new immunization requirements and makes several modifications to the current school immunization requirements.

Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, child ..... 
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Harmony seeks to purchase property from the county

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA), City Administrator Jerome Illg, and Council Member Mark McKay approached the commissioners about the possible acquisition of a parcel that runs just west of the incubator building at 235 2nd St. NW in ..... 
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CCC and WPA are an important part of local history

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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On October 29, 1929 the stock market crashed and the United States was sent into a great depression that lasted for over ten years. In just a short period of time, millions of Americans lost their life savings. Over half a million were unemployed and ..... 
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Preston woman recovers from liver transplant

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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"It has been almost a nursing class on its own,” stated Irene Mathison, as she reflected on the health problems of her daughter. She and her husband, Larry, have spent the better part of ten years helping their daughter, Karen, work through a maze of ..... 
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ATV track hits big bump in road to approval

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

For a while, it looked like a fast track to a fast track.   A citizen, in this case Dave Clement, told a county commissioner, Randy Dahl, that he wanted to build a commercial ATV (all terrain vehicle, commonly known as 4-whee ..... 
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Special elections slated for Preston

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

Monday's Preston City Council meeting had a bumpy start with a council that seems split on most difficult and contentious issues. With the recent passing of Mike Gartner, the city council is left with a two-to-two vote, especially when anything havin ..... 
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Funding, levies, and budgets on Lanesboro Council minds

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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The Lanesboro City Council adopted a proposed levy of $310,105 at their meeting September 15. An estimated eight percent increase in tax capacity is expected for Lanesboro; the city tax rate will remain at .75022. The impact of this will be an $87 in ..... 
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Floating in a cloudless sky

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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“Your first time up in a glider?” Steve Fischer asks me. Steve is a mechanical engineer from the metro area whose passion in life is flying gliders.   “Yah,” I shout out above the noise of the wind.   ..... 
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