Seed Test Plots: Finding a Better Method

Brian Davis | Account Manager
Posted 4/13/2020

Minnesota winters present a number of challenges to our landscapes. Salt usage, deep snow piles, and the freeze/thaw cycle all contribute to one of these challenges called ‘winterkill’. Winterkill is used as a general term to describe grass (ie. turf grass, hereby referred to as “grass”) that has died over the winter, possibly due to the causes described above. Living in our climate, winterkill is an unfortunate and inevitable problem that we must tackle each spring to some degree. Over the years, Horticulture Services has tried a number of different methods for winterkill grass repairs, with the two main methods being sod and grass seeding.

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We Can’t Work, Now What?

Jeff Wilson | General Manager
Posted 4/2/2020

On Wednesday, March 25, Minnesota Governor Walz announced the “Stay at Home MN” Executive order in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. At that time it appeared that landscape maintenance was exempt from the order as an essential industry and we would be able to start our work on our job sites Monday, May 30. As a leadership staff we began strategizing safe practices for our staff to be able to work safely. Unexpectedly on Friday, March 27, the Governor’s office released some specific clarifications that said we were not exempt from the order. This left us all pressing pause on our plans for the next two weeks.

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