Janet Erdman is a Dakota County Master Gardener, Minnesota Master Naturalist and Minnesota Tree Care Advocate. Her experiences include prairie plantings, sustainable home landscape demonstration garden, rain gardens and incorporating native plants into her home landscape.
It is pruning time for many of our tree and shrubs. The late dormant is often the best time to prune fruit trees, oaks, dogwoods and more. It is easier to determine what needs pruning without any leaves and new spring growth spurt will quickly heal any pruning cuts. The U of M Extension has a great article on what, when and how to Prune Trees and Shrubs. If you haven’t already, enjoy the first day of spring and our beautiful weather and cross pruning off your spring choir list.
The Dakota Soil & Water Conservation District is once again offering their Landscaping for Clean Water workshops this year. These workshops are held throughout the county and focus on general water quality practices of rain gardens, native gardens, and shoreline stabilizations. Design courses help residents plan and install a project in their own yard.
For more information and the workshop schedule visit the Dakota County Soil & Water website.
Let’s Get Growing is packed with great education presentations this year. Don’s miss this event and keynote speaker Curt Coudron, Dakota County Soil and Water Project Management Supervisor. Curt will be speaking on Landscaping for Clean Water and ways to improve your home landscape that are attractive and beneficial to our lakes, streams, wetlands and pollinators too.
For all the details on this fun, springy event visit our Let’s Get Growing webpage and download the registration brochure. Sign up today as space is limited!