Watershed Care Tips: July

Begins: Jul 1st, 2022 at 8:00 am
Ends: Jul 1st, 2022 at 5:00 pm

Location:   | , Minnesota

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Pet Waste Tip of the Month

Dog poop is not a fertilizer for your lawn and shrubs. Due to their high-protein diet, dog waste is highly acidic and will actually burn your grass creating brown patches.

Bonus Tips

Seasonal actions for water and soil health:

  • Keep grass clippings off of paves surfaces. If mowing around a ditch, spray clippings away from the ditch.
  • Consider helping out with a public raingarden through VLAWMO's adopt-a-rainarden program. 
  • Pay attention to watering needs more than relying on assigned odd/even watering days. Your assigned day for watering doesn't automatically mean watering is necessary on that day. Turfgrass typically requires only 1"/week to survive. Summer dormancy is a normal part of grass' life cycle just as it goes dormant in the winter. 
  • Check-in on irrigation systems. Be sure they're set to water 1"/week so that grass stays alive but reduces excessive watering. Accommodate for rainfall into the weekly count, and avoid irrigating when it's raining. 
  • Fix errant sprinkler heads so that they're not spraying onto pavement. 

Looking ahead: 

  • Adjust downspouts to drain onto a grassy area or to flow over grass before it reaches pavement. 
  • Observe where stormwater runoff is traveling over pavement and visualize how this impacts winter maintenance. Redirecting downspouts, extending downspouts, or even channeling downspout connections beneath sidewalks can all reduce ice formation and winter maintenance chores. 


Upcoming events

Fri, Jul 01 2022 : From 8:00am to 5:00pm

Monthly yard and garden tips for caring for the watershed.

Mon, Jul 04 2022 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

The VLAWMO office will be closed in observation of Independence Day.

Tue, Jul 12 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Join us to celebrate the newest raingarden in town! Event will include mini walkthrough tours, Master Gardener talks on pollinators, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

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