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Spring is a good time to review dock and platform regulations

Before installing or investing in a new dock or dock platform, lakeshore owners should check to ensure it will meet state requirements. Lake service provider businesses should also review the regulations, to ensure the equipment they sell or install is in compliance. Dock and dock platform size are regulated in Minnesota by the Department of…

Properly planting trees

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Trees provide many things for our communities: beauty, energy conservation, reduction of soil erosion, filtering air pollutants, raising of property values, a home for wildlife, and so much more. Trees are an integral part of our home landscapes and neighborhoods. If you are looking to plant a tree for…

Lawn mowing considerations

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Whether you see mowing your lawn as a chore that has to be done, or a relaxing way to wind down after a long week at the office, there are some tips you should take into consideration this season. If the weather and your individual lawn conditions allow for…

April Weed of the Month: Habitat Restoration

By Shane Blair, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Habitat loss is one of the most important causes of species decline in the United States. More and more people are looking to restore parts of their property, or their entire property, back to a natural setting. This is great news for native plants, insects, birds, and other wildlife that…

Meeker SWCD tree distribution dates set

The Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District’s tree distribution will be held at the SWCD building on the Meeker County Fairgrounds in Litchfield from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, April 23, and from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 24.  Enter through the west gate of the fairgrounds and follow the signs. For the health and safety of…

Oak wilt – Now high risk

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Oak wilt is one of the deadliest diseases for oak trees in Minnesota. As of the end of March we are currently at high risk for the spread of oak wilt. Oak trees should not be pruned right now, and construction near oak trees should also be avoided. Oak…

Taking a good soil sample for your lawn or garden

By Karen Johnson, U of M Ext. Educator Ag Production Systems, McLeod and Meeker Counties Soil test analysis data collected from a lawn or garden can be no better than the sample. Therefore, proper collection of the soil sample is extremely important. Representative samples are as important to get good data back for your home…

March Weed of the Month: Change to the 2021 Noxious Weed List

By Emilie Justen, Minnesota Department of Agriculture The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has made one change to the state’s 2021 Noxious Weed List. The designation of the non-native subspecies of phragmites (Phragmites australis spp. australis) has changed from Restricted to Prohibited Control. Though the list typically changes once every three years, the MDA is…

Our connection to each other

I recently heard the word Ubuntu. If you are not familiar with this term, it means “I am, because we are.” The story I read was about a group of children playing outside. A person had a beautiful basket of fruit that they placed under a tree across the meadow. They told the children that…

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