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I have received my first packets of garden seeds in the mail already - a sure sign that spring will be here soon. Have you seen any signs of spring yet in your neighborhood?
Mar 07, 2008 | 1232 views | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print


Hey, thanks! Last year, I
by Ruth Anne Maddox
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Apr 23, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Hey, thanks! Last year, I bought some of those “biscuits” that are supposed to neutralize the grass-burning urine components but it really didn’t seem to make a difference.
Basically, the dogs got an expensive treat and I had to pay a fine to the homeowners’ association for lawn repair — we’re allowed to take matters into our own hands, but the HOA decided to re-sod vs. re-seed last year and then the lawn boy spun about on his zero-turning radius mower and moved the sod patch (never did really take).
I want to get a jump on it this year — and I’ll see what I can do about keeping the dogs in the rocks.

That first thunderstorm
by Greg Boe
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Apr 22, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

That first thunderstorm provided 0.40" of welcome rain for Chaska – “liquid green” for our lawns! We also enjoyed a summer-like 76 degrees on Monday afternoon….wasn’t that great!!

You will probably want to
by Greg Boe
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Apr 22, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

You will probably want to water the area very well (to flush the excess salt/nitrogen out of the soil), and then either wait for the soil and grass to recover, or reseed the area. If you want to speed that recovery process along, you can replace the top few inches of soil in that area with bagged topsoil/compost blend from a garden center before you reseed. You could also attempt to train your dog(s) to go in an area that is landscaped with woodchips rather than grass underfoot. Finally, in the summer, simply apply a good amount of water to the area after your dogs are done, before the urea has a chance to burn the grass. Simple!

Aaaaaah, what a wonderful
by Greg Boe
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Apr 22, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Aaaaaah, what a wonderful thought!!

Ice was completely gone from
by Zeke
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Apr 22, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Ice was completely gone from Lake Bavaria yesterday afternoon. It started breaking up Sunday afternoon, and there were still huge sheets of ice left Monday morning.
That’s around one month later than last year.
Time to get the boat out!

The greenery of what will
by Ruth Anne Maddox
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Apr 22, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The greenery of what will become daffodils is up nearly 3 inches already at my house.
The grass, however, is wondering just how much dog urine it took in atop the snow and is now represented in large yellow circles throughout the yard. Other than reseeding, is there any advice for undoing this damage?

April 22: Grass is growing!
by Mark Olson
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Apr 22, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

April 22: Grass is growing! A co-worker informed me that spring is officially here.
We may need to start a “Signs of Summer” blog.

April 21: First thunderstorm
by Mark Olson
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Apr 21, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

April 21: First thunderstorm of the season.

April 20: People were
by Mark Olson
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April 20: People were outside in droves yesterday, staggering around like zombies, apparently in disbelief that the weather was as nice as it was.

More signs of spring: 0.18"
by Greg Boe
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Apr 19, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

More signs of spring: 0.18" of rain on Friday. Need more? Just wait until Sunday and Monday, when temperatures may top 70 degrees for the first time since October 20th! We may also enjoy a spring-time thunderstorm on Monday!

April 16: Open water on the
by Mark Olson
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Apr 16, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

April 16: Open water on the clayholes and floodbottoms. (I forgot how much I missed seeing waves.)
Spotted a guy wearing shorts, without a shirt.
I almost (almost mind you) had to turn on my air conditioner, because my parked car was so warm.

The wasps have come out of
by Mollee Francisco
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Apr 16, 2008 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The wasps have come out of their winter hibernation and are once again roaming around my office window. It must be spring.
(Mollee Francisco is a staff writer for the Chaska Herald. She can be reached at mfrancisco@swpub.com.)

April 14: Saw the Guardian
by Mark Olson
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Apr 14, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

April 14: Saw the Guardian Angels gym class running around the block (a sure sign of spring).

Thanks for the interesting
by Mark Olson
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Apr 14, 2008 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Thanks for the interesting snow totals.
I will ignore the comment “seemingly insurmountable” and pretend you just wrote “insurmountable.”
I’m also taking the initiative to add a “0” after the month of May.

As Maxwell Smart would have
by Greg Boe
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Apr 12, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

As Maxwell Smart would have said, “missed it by that much!” With our temperatures at or just above freezing for most of the last few days, the bulk of our precipitation fell as rain rather than snow. We received 1.19" of moisture in two days, which would likely have fallen as over 12" of snow had our temperatures been just 10 degrees colder. A good portion of our winter has been a case of “missed it by that much!” with several large snowstorms sliding by just to the south and east of the Twin Cities.
Mark, so far this winter, our month-by-month snowfall breakdown looks like this:
November: 0.2"
December: 22.1"
January: 2.5"
February: 6.3"
March: 2.6"
April (so far): 6.7"
May: ??!!
We are at 40.4" for the season – a seemingly insurmountable distance from my predicted 64" total. Oh well, as a good Vikings fan would always say, “Just wait ’till next year!”

Winter won't end -- or so it
by Mark Olson
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Apr 11, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Winter won’t end — or so it seems.
So Greg, it appears that all of the snow decided to fall in the later part of winter/early spring.
What is the month-by-month break-down of snow since November?
And, so I don’t sound like too much of a pessimist, here’s one more sign of spring:
April 11: Noted open water along the shore of Firemen’s Lake.

Don't look now, but here
by Greg Boe
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Apr 09, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Don’t look now, but here comes another round of winter weather! The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for our area, with upwards of 6" of snow expected between Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning. The good news is: it will all melt soon, as temperatures will likely rebound into the 60’s within a few days. Meanwhile, think of it as one more chance to enjoy a little quality snowman time with the kids…

Officially, we received 1/2
by Greg Boe
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Apr 07, 2008 | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Officially, we received 1/2 inches of snow today in Chaska! Fortunately it didn’t stay around long…

Snowflakes are falling
by Greg Boe
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Apr 07, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Snowflakes are falling outside my window this morning….but don’t worry, spring is still on it’s way! We received 0.35" of rain on Sunday, which helped to melt most of our remaining piles of dirty snow. We are looking at a wet period this week, with a few snow flakes mixed in as well from time to time. However, I have started my vegetable seeds inside already….so I am anxiously waiting for spring!

65 wonderful degrees on
by Greg Boe
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Apr 05, 2008 | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

65 wonderful degrees on Saturday…how about that! I suspect Sunday will be a bit cooler….and wetter. Just remember, those April showers are a necessary part of spring too.
I spent all day Saturday at a Skywarn workshop, in a room filled with 100 fellow weather enthusiasts, discussing the finer points of severe weather. We talked about forecasting, storm chasing, tornado spotting, and the newest technological tools available for the improved forecasting of severe weather. Boy, I’ll tell you what…all that time spent talking about storms has me in the mood for summer!! Meanwhile, spring continues it’s slow march forward…

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