So long sweet summer! Prepping lawns and gardens for the winter

By now, you’ve probably picked the last of the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants growing in your vegetable gardens. The predicted frost never quite made it to my house last weekend, but I know it’s only a matter of time before the winter temps will settle in for good. As you begin to prepare your lawn…

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When the sprinklers are running but the grass is still dry

Have you ever wondered why some parts of your lawn remain stubbornly dry even on days when the sprinklers have run? You might be surprised to learn that water pressure is often to blame. According to Lindsay Brown, most cities serve homes with water at a pressure of about 60 psi (pounds per square inch).…

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Sprinklers running? Better catch them!

75% of homes with automated irrigation systems have at least one broken sprinkler head. Is yours one of them?

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Visions of Gardens Danced in Her Head

The Ramsey and Washington Conservation Districts provide site visits to homeowners to help plan and design Blue Thumb projects and area watershed districts provide cost-share grants for raingardens and shoreline planting projects as well.

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Working in Partnership with Homeowners’ Associations

The Washington Conservation District currently has funding available through a Clean Water Grant to help interested Homeowners’ Associations in Washington County complete projects that will help to reduce runoff water pollution, improve habitat, and conserve groundwater.

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Your Lawn Care Personality, Decoded

Though we may like the idea of lush green grass in theory, the reality is that most of us aren’t willing to spend the time or money necessary to actually achieve a “perfect” lawn.

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A Goldilocks Approach to Lawn Care

New research from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) indicates that good-looking lawns are often better for water quality, which may come as surprise to those of us who thought that we were doing our part by growing a chemical and fertilizer-free lawn.

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