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Late spring flowers for pollinators

The U of M Extension Consumer Horticulture Team You can support pollinators by providing flowers throughout the growing season. Spring flowering plants like willows, maples, plums, and gooseberries provide bountiful nectar and pollen for bees that are active in spring. Many bee species in Minnesota are only out flying as adults during the first month […]

Frost Advisory !

Frost/Freeze Advisory – Cover plants or bring them in! Hazardous Weather Outlook Hazardous Weather Outlook National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN 1105 AM CDT Thu Apr 27 2017 Hennepin-Anoka-Ramsey-Washington- 1105 AM CDT Thu Apr 27 2017 This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of central and southern Minnesota…and west central Wisconsin. .DAY ONE…This Afternoon and […]

Wait! It’s Still Too Early for Lawn Care!


Use This Handy Sustainable Lawn Care Calendar This has been an unusual winter for Minnesota – very little snow and unusually mild temperatures. We’ve already enjoyed a couple weekends with temperatures in the 60s and everyone is looking forward to spending more time outside. But as much as you may be itching to get out […]

Boxelder bugs inside homes during winter

Boxelder bugs inside homes during winter Jeffrey Hahn, Extension Entomologist With the recent mild weather we have experienced, some residents have been finding boxelder bugs and lady beetles in their homes. This is actually not unusual in the middle of the winter. These insects remain inactive as long as their hiding places in various wall […]

The dangers of standing ash trees by Jim Walsh Board Certified Master Arborist

In January of 2017 I attended the Northern Green, an annual green industry get together, and it’s Master Classes for tree geeks.  The dangers of standing ash trees falling apart due to heavy infestations of emerald ash borer (EAB), was one of the main themes of the conference.  The effect of EAB, an agrilus beetle, feeding […]

De-icing Tips For Your Small Business

De-icing Your Sidewalks to Keep Your Customers Safe When freezing weather hits, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots can become dangerously slick. And if you’ve ever gotten out there with a shovel, you know how tenaciously that ice can cling! There are many different ways of de-icing your sidewalk, whether it’s using one of many chemical […]