Starry stonewort confirmed in Lake Carnelian in Stearns County

One new confirmation out of more than 200 lakes searched The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has confirmed the invasive algae starry stonewort in Lake Carnelian, near Kimball in Stearns County. DNR invasive species specialists confirmed starry stonewort near the public access in Lake Carnelian after a trained volunteer discovered it during the University of…

Japanese beetles in central Minnesota

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) have been in Minnesota since 1968, but in central Minnesota we do not tend to see them very often. Unfortunately, that trend seems to be changing. I have had several reports just this week from gardeners reporting large numbers of the invasive insect. The…

U of M Extension offering free food preservation webinars

By Suzanne Driessen, Extension Food Safety Educator (320) 203-6057, driessen@umn.edu Are you going to the grocery store less often and buying in quantities when you do? Did you plant a garden this year? Are you wondering how to preserve food that is tasty and safe? Please join Suzanne Driessen, University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Educator as she…

Birds that attack windows or vehicles

By Karen Johnson, UMN Extension – McLeod and Meeker Counties Over the last couple of weeks, I have had a number of calls into the Extension office about birds that seemed to be attacking windows or vehicles. I have even had the prettiest yellow finch repeat-visit one of the windows of my home. This begs…

Water wisely

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension We seem to have rushed straight into summer the last week or so. We have seen heat and very little moisture this year. Your trees, lawn, and gardens are likely noticing the lack of rain. There are a few things you can do to provide your plants with…

Caution when around Wild Parsnip

By Karen Johnson, U of M Extension Educator, McLeod & Meeker Counties Wild parsnip, a noxious weed on the control list in Minnesota, has continued to spread throughout the state. Otherwise known as Pastinaca sativa, wild parsnip falls onto this list because of its characteristics. “The Minnesota Noxious Weed Law (Minnesota Statutes 18.75-18.91) defines a…

Gardening from the Ground Up; a webinar series

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension When looking to start a garden, or improve your current garden, it is best to start from the ground and work up. University of Minnesota Extension local educators are excited to bring you the Gardening from the Group Up webinar series to help you achieve your garden goals.…

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…

Nuisance insects appearing in homes

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension As the temperatures outside continue to feel more like Spring, you may notice some insects in your home. These insects include: cluster flies, boxelder bugs, sowbugs, multicolored Asian lady beetles, and more. Although these insects can be annoying, especially when there are many of them present, they are harmless.…

2020 McLeod County Gardening Education Day planned for April 4

By Karen Johnson, Extension Educator, McLeod and Meeker County Attention all gardening enthusiasts. The McLeod County Extension Master Gardeners’ 2020 Annual Gardening Education Day will be Saturday, April 4, at the Crow River Golf Club and Banquet Facility in Hutchinson. Come join the McLeod County Extension Master Gardeners for a day of great speakers, gardening…

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