Sam Bauer, Extension Turfgrass Educator
Greetings Yard and Garden News Readers!
As we write this, March is quickly coming to a close, yet we're still looking at snow on the ground across much of the state. What an unbelievable start to spring. Mother Nature has really shown us over the last couple of years that there really is no such thing as normal. But, weather patterns are not the point of this article, rather we would like to inform you about some positive changes that have happened with the Yard and Garden News over the last month.
No, this is not the time to panic if you enjoy the current format and the way that you receive and read our publication. None of that will change. We've simply added more ways for you to access the information in a timely manner, and we're utilizing more platforms for you to learn from our educators.
We will continue to email out all of the articles bi-monthly (growing season) or monthly (off season) if you are a subscriber. However, when more critical time sensitive issues arise, we will be posting those articles immediately. The first article to be posted in this fashion was Jeff Hahn's "New Sightings of Invasive Insect Pests." We feel that articles such as this one are important to get to you as soon as possible. For this reason we have added Facebook and Twitter to our arsenal.
If you are a Facebook user, you can find us at "University of Minnesota Garden Info." By "liking" our Facebook page you will start to receive our status updates and posts in your personal news feed. We will have similar information here as on the Yard and Garden News, but you might expect to find more frequent short posts. Please feel free to leave comments and/or questions to any of the posts, as we will have an administrator managing the site to make sure that you received timely and valuable feedback.
For you Twitter users, we have a Twitter account as well. You can find us by searching for the handle @UMNgardeninfo. In January's issue of Yard and Garden News I wrote an article regarding the basics of Twitter and encouraged many of you to join Twitter. In fact, we even held a drawing for a free membership to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for one lucky person that followed some detailed and particular instructions. You can find that article here: Congratulations to Tom Wawra for winning this drawing!
We always welcome any comments regarding these changes. You can comment by reaching out to us on our Facebook page, Twitter account, or by emailing us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You will hopefully find some value in these new applications, and we look forward to hearing from you.
University of Minnesota Extension Educators