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Achieving a Sustainable Lawn

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Most of us value our lawns for their various environmental, recreational and aesthetic benefits. However, when we mismanage or neglect our lawns we diminish or destroy these benefits. As it happens, with a few maintenance and schedule adjustments, most every homeowner … Read more

Backyard Composting

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Composting is the microbial process whereby organic yard wastes are converted into to a highly desirable, organic, soil-like material. Gardeners have used compost for centuries to increase soil organic matter, improve soil physical properties, and supply some of the essential nutrients … Read more

Gardening with Wildflowers and Other Native Plants

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Over the last 150 years many midwestern tallgrass prairies and natural woodlands have been converted to residential housing, agricultural fields, municipalities, shopping centers, parking lots, roads and highways. In the process, this development has consumed large areas of natural plant and … Read more

Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Garden Insect and Disease Control

Robert Mugaas University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Environmental Horticulture Over the past couple of decades there has been ever-increasing scrutiny of the products utilized for controlling pests in our home yards and gardens. That scrutiny is largely based on our growing safety concerns regarding those products, especially pesticides, to adversely … Read more

Native Plantings: A Beautiful Solution for Minnesota Shorelines

Angie Hong East Metro Water Resource Education Program Here in Minnesota, shoreline living is not limited to the rich and famous. According to the MN DNR, Minnesota has 11,842 lakes and 69,200 miles of natural rivers and streams. We have over 13 million acres of lakes, streams, and wetlands, which … Read more

Organic Meets Thrifty: TIPS FOR USING SCRAPS TO FERTILIZE YOUR GARDEN AND REPEL PESTS

Meleah Maynard Master Gardener If you’re reading this, I imagine you’re somebody whose mind is already open to trying things that others might find kind of, well, strange. But there’s a limit to such openness of mind. My limit is hair. Rest assured, I’m not going to suggest you sprinkle … Read more

Top Houseplants for Improving Indoor Air Quality

cleanairgardening.com In the late 1980s, a study by NASA and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA) was conducted to find ways to purify the air for extended stays in orbiting space stations. The study resulted in excellent news for homeowners and office workers everywhere, because it concluded that common … Read more

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