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Keep on watering
As we go into another dry fall throughout most of the state, it's important to continue watering our landscape plants — especially herbaceous perennials, trees and shrubs. Saturate the top 6-9 inches of soil and mulch the root areas to help hold in the moisture, protect roots and moderate the soil temperatures. Watering and mulching help plants transition into winter dormancy gradually with less stress. Always Water Wisely.
Find climate-resilient, native trees and plants recommended for the Northern Superior Uplands.
Extension is working with The Nature Conservancy and Minnesota DNR to develop a tree seed collection training program in an effort to reforest one million acres in Minnesota by 2040.
Cover crops can improve the health of your soil. There are several times during the year that you can plant, including now.
This is the third consecutive year of drought across much of the state, and successive years of drought can compound stress on trees. There are steps you can take to reduce drought stress on your woods.
Extension foresters provide recommended tree and plant lists for east-central Minnesota.
Thinking of soil testing in the spring? Consider testing this fall when the Soil Testing Lab has a smaller backlog of samples to test, results are just as accurate, and you can be ready for planting as soon as the soil thaws.
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