Heads Up Home Owners, Particularly in the North!

My business cardNow is a very important time for your lawn and landscape. Here in the greater Minnesota area, we are heading into a period of dry and warm( considering our area ) weather. Please continue to water your lawn, at least an inch a week, and your trees, shrubs, perennials, and fall planted bulbs!

As for your lawn, make sure all leaves and debrits are removed from the grass. Don’t let leaves get “matted” on the lawn as this will choke off oxygen and light to the grass plants which results in death. Once the leaves are removed, set your mower cutting height down to about 1.5 inches for the winter cut. By doing this, it makes it easier for the leaves to blow over your yard and into your neighbor’s 🙂 ! Also, keeping your grass too long in winter makes it easier to grow “snow mold” in the grass. This will result in dead spots on the lawn in spring!  It’s not too late to apply a good fall turf fertilizer either. You can use a name brand or any generic off brand, like a basic 10-10-10, as long as it’s organic! I say organic because it won’t start to work until spring, when the soil temps go over 50   degrees. In managing a healthy lawn, you should never fertilize in the spring!

Keep watering trees until ground freeze up, particularly one’s that are 3 inches or less diameter trunk. First years new plants, should definately be watered regularly, again, at least an inch a week. Evergreens, pines, firs, junipers, arborvidaes, etc. should really be watered in well in the fall. They lose more moisture during the cold dry winter mounths through the exposed needles etc. Now is a good time to fertilize these trees and shrubs as well, either with a root feeder or spreading a granular on the ground within the drip zone of the canopy. Be sure to scratch it into the soil, then water water water! If winter varments are present in your landscape, wrap the trunks of smaller trees to prevent “girdling” as rabbits, deer, voles, etc. like to eat tree bark as other food sources become harder to find. Also, using white drain tile pipe, cover the trunks of young trees, particularly maples, to prevent “winter sun scald” in late January to early march.

Keep watering your beds because until the ground freezes, these plants are still taking up water and nutrients, helping them to be ready in spring. That goes for newly planted bulbs as well. These buried tubers are still taking up nutrients until frozen.

Tomorrow, I’ll cover fall pruning and tree and shrub care! I hope to hear from many of you. Thank you.

Cam Obert

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One Response to “Heads Up Home Owners, Particularly in the North!”

  1. Roger Tweed Says:

    Good stuff. I’m looking forward to the next installment. I have a house to sell next Spring, and I need to improve its curb appeal

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