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Emerald Ash Borer

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has confirmed emerald ash borer (EAB) in Pope County for the first time. There are now 52 counties in the state, including Pope, with EAB.

fairy ring in lawn

Have you noticed circular patches of greener grass in your lawn? It's not uneven fertilizer but fungi feeding on decomposing matter like old tree stumps, leaves, or roots, releasing nitrogen. This phenomenon is called a fairy ring.

reading pesticide label

It’s that time of year, the pest control calls are beginning to roll in! Homeowners want to know when to treat for crabgrass, what to use for spider mites; how about spotted winged drosophila and creeping Charlie…the list goes on and on. But before we get carried away on the tide of pesticides used in our lawn and garden, let’s go back to the basics. What is a pest?

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