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According to the Minnesota DNR, a significant portion of the drought in Minnesota is in the seven-county metro area. Recent rains have helped, but many areas are still parched.
While you might be tempted to give your lawn, plants, and trees extra water and fertilizer during a drought, these practices can actually do more harm than good. When there is a drought, keep these tips in mind:
Water turf LESS frequently in order to conserve water. Allow grasses to go dormant during extremely dry weather. Mulching around new plants will help retain soil moisture.
Don’t fertilize stressed plants or lawns during a drought! The excess growth during dry weather is stressful for plants; even new plants should not be fertilized! If maintaining ideal water levels isn’t feasible, a better option is to reduce a plant’s need for nutrients during the growing season.
Avoid wounding plants and unnecessary pruning. Only dead or hazardous plant material should be pruned in dry conditions as cut surfaces act as entrances for diseases or attract insects that may feed on the plant tissue and foliage.
Certain plant-eating pests thrive during droughts. Pesticides can be used to help prevent foliage damage or infection but should only be applied to healthy plants. Weed pests can be manually removed or sprayed with herbicide on cooler days to decrease water competition.
Remember to water trees. Don't wait for leaves to wilt before you give your trees a drink, especially young ones.
Every child deserves a little Christmas. Drop off a toy at our office or use our Target Gift Registry. We'll deliver all the toys we collect to KARE 11.
Our four-legged friends are part of the family. Their undeniably cute faces, waggy tails and unconditional love bring immense joy to households around the world. As cute as they may be, sometimes pets can really “ruff” up our outdoor living spaces.
You may think those wiggly worms in your soil are helping your garden, but not so fast. Some species of earthworms, such as the Jumping Worm, can negatively impact soil and plant health.