What does all this snow mean for my lawn? For much of the United States, record snow fall has made life miserable, especially in areas that are not accustom to two feet of snow on their home lawn for the entire winter season, let alone having it come down within a week’s time. For the most part, it will not affect your lawn to any great extent. Snow is a good insulator and the grass will be protected from the extremely low temperatures that often follow large snow falls. Most […]
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When Spring Finally Comes, What Should I Plant? For much of the US including the Upper Midwest, Midwest and Chicago area, winter means working hard to stay warm. Working outdoors is just a distant memory or a dream for the upcoming spring and summer. January is the time of year when seed companies send out catalogues, so it is a great time to plan for the coming growing season. Think back to what grew well and what did not. Look through the seed and plant catalogues to get ideas on […]
Winter Pruning Can I prune in the winter? The simple answer is, ‘yes” but you need to keep a few things in mind, especially if you are in the northern parts of the country: How much cold weather can you stand? Do you have a source to haul away pruning debris? Do you have the proper tools? The distinct advantage to pruning deciduous trees (plants that lose their leaves) in the winter months is that there aren’t many leaves to rake up. It is also easier to see branches that […]
I have heard that mycorrhizal fungi are beneficial to trees and shrubs. Exactly what are mycorrhizal fungi? Mycorrhizal fungi will either grow into or on the surface of plant roots. There is a mutually beneficial relationship that develops between the roots and mycorrhizal fungi. The roots supply a steady supply of carbohydrates to the fungi to help them to grow, and, who in return, provide water and minerals to the roots. Some essential plant nutrients, such as phosphorus, are very difficult for plants to access from the soil. Mycorrhizal fungi […]
What is dormant seeding? This is a process where seed is sown during the winter months of November to March. The seed will remain in a dormant state until the ground warms up and soil moisture is adequate to promote germination. The key to dormant seeding is good seed-soil contact. A good way to create places for the seed to germinate is to core aerate the lawn prior to seeding. You can rent a core aeration machine if you have a vehicle large enough to transport it and the muscle […]