Most insects are important to a healthy environment, including controlling pests, pollinating flowering plants, and providing food for other wildlife. Only a few are pests. Yet, the pesticides we use to control unwanted plants and animals rarely distinguish between beneficial insects and those which cause harm.
The 30th annual Kids’ Groundwater Festival in Alexandria featured the expertise of agencies, businesses and educational organizations like Extension.
Minnesota is home to about 24 different bumble bee species. However, one out of three of our bumble bee species are in trouble and face an uncertain future.
A bee lawn can not only provide a recreational space for you, your family and your pets, it can also provide much-needed food resources for bees and other beneficial pollinators.
There are two new FSA programs that provide financial assistance to producers who experienced losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic or from eligible natural disasters.
Free webinars and Facebook live events about pollinators, native plants, bee lawns and lawn care will be held throughout May.
You would think that this later than normal spring would delay the tick season. Well, think again, I pulled several ticks off of my cats last week. If you have been spending time outside, chances are you’ve seen a tick or two.
Kudos to the Alexandria City Council, who passed a Resolution of Support for No Mow May at its April 10, 2023 meeting, temporarily suspending its turf and weed ordinances related to lawn height for participating properties. This is a positive step towards supporting our 400+ native bees in Minnesota.
I have been receiving many calls about how and when fertilizer should be applied to lawns and gardens. This is a difficult question to answer without information about your soil type and content.
Since 1982, Master Gardener volunteers have trialed selected annual vegetable and flower seeds in their home gardens across the state. Volunteers compare varieties and share their growing experiences, providing valuable information for home gardeners in Minnesota and the upper Midwest.