1. I live in Forest Lake, MN. Given our wet, late spring, how would I deal...

Asked May 13, 2014, 11:23 AM EDT

1. I live in Forest Lake, MN. Given our wet, late spring, how would I deal with the need to seed bare patches (from dog spots and from snow removal) as well as weeds (dandelions)? 2. A volunteer tree grew out of a previous garden and now is approximately 30 feet tall. I think it is a Black Walnut tree. Two neighbors have gardens close to this tree and I am wanting to make a vegetable garden again this year. I have heard that this tree (and even the roots) can effect other plants like tomatoes. I don't feel a need to keep this tree but I don't know if cutting it down would prevent the roots from still impacting vegetables. Would raised beds help enough? I need your advice. Thanks!

Washington County Minnesota lawns and turf vegetables

1 Response

This is a good time to work on those dead spots in the lawn. Most grasses get a good start in the cool spring time. You will have to make sure that the newly seeded areas remain moist until the grass is mowing height. Here is a link that will show you how to repair the lawn:
http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/yard-garden/lawns/lawn-repair-in-spring/
The black walnut tree will have a negative effect on your vegetable garden. It will be much easier, and cheaper to cut this tree down now, than wait a few more years. Here is some information about black walnut trees and gardens:
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-193.pdf

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