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October 3, 2017

How dandelions behave going into winter & other famous perennial weeds.

Like all living things that overwinter in MN, fall is the time to start preparing to be isolated from warmth and sun.

Dandelion Perennial Weed

Like all living things that overwinter in MN, fall is the time to start preparing to be isolated from warmth and sun. Squirrels are busy as can be packing away acorns and building winter shelters.  Evergreens are slurping in as much water as you can give them so that they can photosynthesize all winter long. Perennial plants will take up oodles of nutrients to ensure strong viable roots to start off the next year right.

Survival tactics are in play all around, and this includes the weeds in your lawn! So, let me tell you a little turf maintenance trick, apply your turf weed control now while the perennial weeds are feverishly taking up and storing nutrients from the soil. What are perennial turf weeds? Some infamous perennial weeds are crabgrass, quack grass, dandelions and clover.

Get sneaky with stubborn turf weeds and attack them when they least expect it. The next step would be to follow up with fall seeding and some fall fertilizer to help your grass strengthen its roots pre-cold. Healthy grass going into winter equals healthy grass after the snow melts.

*Bonus tip: Apply rabbit control to your arborvitae now to begin deterring them from eating and nesting near your shrubs over the winter.

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