A critical factor affecting the survival of newly planted trees is post-planting care. It is important to remember that digging and transplanting a tree involves what amounts to a very severe injury to its root system.
It's been a while since the July 17-19 2011 heat wave in Minnesota, when temperatures hit 97 degrees Fahrenheit and dew points rose into the mid-80s, leading to a record-breaking, miserable couple of days. But it was memorable.
The Perennial Plant Association's 2012 "plant of the year" is the "Jack Frost' brunnera macrophylla, described as a silvery, mounding ground cover that thrives in shady conditions like those favored by hosta.
The campgrounds at the Lake Elmo Park Reserve and St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park in Washington County opened for the season April 27. The modern campground at Lake Elmo Park Reserve has 80 campsites with electricity. Modern restrooms, showers, playground and a dump station are available.
Minnesota's unusual stretch of warm weather has led to earlier-than-normal tick activity and a sudden start to the tick-borne disease season. Health officials urge Minnesotans to begin their efforts to protect themselves from ticks and the diseases they carry.