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October 2011 Archives

Landscape Design Basics for Homeowners

Instructors:Julie Weisenhorn, Extension Educator and Director, U of MN Master Gardener Program, and Dr. Jim Calkins, Landscape Horticulturist

Saturday, February 25, 2012
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: Room B45 Ruttan Hall 1994 Buford St. Paul, MN 55108
Map / Directions
Price: $99 MSHS members, $109  - price includes basic drawing tools and all supplies
*Deadline for registration: February 18 - Active email address required for registration*

Got a landscape design project in mind, but don't know where to start? This class will cover the basics to help you get started and avoid common mistakes. During this 8-hour class, students will work with a selected residential property to learn about site analysis, the landscape design process, and plant and materials selection with hands-on labs throughout the day. One hour lunch break.

Also available for purchase: Plant Elements of Design plant selection software (CD for Windows). Reg. $49 + s&h - Special class price: $42! Cash / check only.

Classes are sponsored by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society, but are held at various locations, as noted. Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required.

To register, call 651-643-3601 or 800-676-6747, ext 211.

A continuing education opportunity for Master Gardeners! - jw

The Ecological Restoration Training Cooperative was established in 2011 by several State of Minnesota agencies and the University of Minnesota to provide training opportunities for both professionals and community members who would like to advance their restoration skills and knowledge. These opportunities include online courses, discussion forums (the "practitioner's network"), Webinars, conferences, and a virtual library of restoration resources. The purpose of this training cooperative is to share the best available knowledge from research and practice to support restoration across the Upper Midwest.

Webinar: Building Better Native Seed Mixes

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m.

Learn how to make the State of Minnesota's new seed mix system work for you! Get your team together over lunch, and join us for an online Webinar. Participants will be able to submit questions to be answered during the Q & A session at the end of the presentation. Questions not able to be answered live will be posted on the website with answers after the Webinar. Webinars will be recorded for future viewing.

Registration is free. Participants are asked to register in order to receive important resource materials ahead of time. View the website for more information and to register online.

Peter MacDonagh
, Kestrel Design Group
Susan Galatowitsch, University of Minnesota
Moderator: Ken Graeve, Minnesota Department of Transportation

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 For more information, and to participate in the practitioner's network, visit our website.

New to the MN State Horticultural Society? Renewing member?
This is a good time for Master Gardeners to join or renew their MSHS membership!

Master Gardener Individual membership: $32 (regular $37)
Master Gardener Household membership: $47 (regular $52)

Membership Benefits
Subscription to Northern Gardener magazine - The only magazine edited exclusively for gardening in our northern climate!
Discounts with over 130 nurseries, greenhouses & landscaping services
Discounts on classes, tours and special events
15% discount on purchases with MSHS
One 25% Off Coupon for the Northern Gardener Store
Access to our extensive lending & reference library
Discounted Memberships with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory and the Walker Art Center
Northern Gardener E-News
New Member Offer of a $25 merchandise credit with White Flower Farm mail order nursery

SPECIAL OFFER for Master Gardener Household membership:
All above membership benefits plus two free tickets to the MN Home & Patio Show AND two free tickets to the Mpls. Home & Garden Show

Join by calling or via our website:
Minnesota State Horticultural Society
2705 Lincoln Drive
Roseville, MN 55113
800-676-6747 or 651-643-3601 ext. 204
By Bob Mugaas, Extension Educator. Posted by Julie Weisenhorn

The best thing people can be doing right now is get some moisture to their lawns to reduce the stress from the very dry conditions of late August through most of September.  Two or three good soakings either from rain or irrigation before freeze up will help restore internal plant moisture levels although you're not likely to see a lot of vigorous new growth yet this fall due to falling temperatures and the significantly shorter daylengths. 

Too late to be fertilizing. Remember also that with the very dry and slow growth conditions over the last month and a half, the plants haven't been using much N either. At this point, I would wait until spring to apply some additional N. Timing for that spring application should be around the middle to end April perhaps even into early May depending on where you are in the state.  Rates should be about 1/2 pound of N per 1000 square feet as you do not what to encourage too much growth too quickly at that time of year.  This will be more of a supplemental application to ensure ample soil N levels for healthy growth.
Depending on how you look at it, it is either too late or too early for seeding.  In the first case, right now would not be a good time for seeding as the very small young seedlings often have a difficult time surviving winter stresses.  In the latter case, which is referring to a process we term dormant seeding, it is too early for that since soils are still warm enough for germination to occur.  The purpose of dormant seeding is to get the seed in the ground just before it freezes.  Those cold soil conditions will inhibit germination this fall but the seed is in position to germinate and begin to grow earlier next spring.  Dormant seeding in the Twin Cities area doesn't usually begin until early November or in some years the very latter part of October.  This timing can be adjusted up or down slightly depending on where you are in the state.

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