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Lawn & Garden Tips

Warm weather is right around the corner and it is almost time to start planting flowers, mowing lawns, and trimming branches. The University of Minnesota Extension office has a list of best practices to help grow healthy plants and maintain your lawn.


Planning Your Garden
Timing is everything in the vegetable garden. Planting seeds at the right time ensures a bountiful harvest. Each crop has its own needs, including tolerance of cold temperatures.

Growing Healthy Vegetables
Using good cultural practices throughout the growing season can reduce many common diseases in the vegetable garden to a tolerable level.

Composting Home Gardens
Composting is a process that allows naturally occurring microbes to convert yard waste, such as leaves and grass clippings, to a useful organic soil amendment or mulch.


Lawn Care Maintenance
Do not add fertilizer too early in the spring. This may encourage the grass to grow during a time when it should be slow or dormant.

Water-Saving Strategies for Home Lawns

  • Pay attention to the weather
  • Select lawn grasses that use less water and can tolerate drought
  • Adjust irrigation programs to conserve water

Lawn Care Calendar

  • Mowing - Last week of April through early November
  • Seeding - Early August to late September; Mid November
  • Fertilizing - Early August through mid October


Planting and Transplanting Trees and Shrubs
When planting and transplanting trees and shrubs, it's important to consider the site conditions and the type of tree stock.

Pruning Trees and Shrubs
Remove dead or dying branches injured by disease, severe insect infestation, animals, storms, or other adverse mechanical damage.

Watering Established Trees and Shrubs
During periods of consistent rainfall, a well-sited and well-established tree or shrub will need little additional water. But during long periods without rainfall, established trees and shrubs can decline or die without timely irrigation.

For more information, please visit the University of Minnesota Extension website here.