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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

30th Anniversary highlights ornamental grasses trend for low-maintenance gardens

By Gail Hudson, Horticulture Extension Communications Specialist

As summer flowers fade and the leaves turn fall colors in Minnesota, many varieties of ornamental grasses are at their majestic peak and in full flower.  They stand from 3 feet to as much as 12 feet in height (although some are shorter), as vibrant kings of the perennial garden with their jaunty, yet graceful looks. Ornamental grasses have not only become key components in the driving trend toward sustainable and low-maintenance landscapes, but their strong vertical lines offer living sculpture in today’s native gardening mix.

 Mary Meyer, U of M Extension Educator
“Today there’s a real interest in native grasses and using native cultivars in the garden,” said Mary Meyer, the University of Minnesota Extension professor and educator who maintains the only collection of ornamental grasses accredited by the American Public Garden Association in the U.S. “We went from having exotics from the non-natives and huge numbers of Miscanthus [in the collection] to more and more North American native species. And really the grasses that are native in the prairie.”

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

From our Turf blog: November is the time to dormant seed

November dormant seeding helps promote
a healthy lawn next spring.
By Sam Bauer, Turf Extension Educator

The optimal lawn seeding window is mid-August to mid-September. If you missed that time frame, but you still want to seed this fall, my recommendation is to wait until November to seed. This practice is called dormant seeding and is certainly an effective way to introduce new species and/or varieties of turf into your existing lawn.

By far our most popular post on this site has been the one on this topic, so we are re-posting an article originally published on November 1, 2013.

If you are considering dormant seeding, read on to start planning for November: There’s Still Time to Dormant Seed Your Lawn.
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