Evergreen? Well, Maybe

Real Estate Agent with Boardman Realty Minnesota License#90858
It's fall in Minnesota. We are fortunate to live in a state with four seasons and autumn is definitely full of color. In a month or so, we could be almost all white as our winter season blows in. But  when the golds and crimsons and rust colored leaves are but a memory, the greens of the pines and firs will still be a part of our landscapes. 

This summer has been brutally dry. It's been a very long time since our lawns and trees in Anoka County have received a good, soaking rain. In fact, September was the second driest on record in Minnesota. Our trees are suffering along with our lawns. As a REALTOR® I know that a wooded landscape can add significant value to a home. It provides curb appeal and beautifies the exterior. If you have evergreens, they may not show the signs of stress right now. But the drought conditions could mean your pines won't be green come spring. In fact, they could be dead. 

Keeping your evergreens green will mean more than adding a quick watering to the fall "Honey Do" List. In Anoka County, much of the soil is sandy and doesn't hold in the water like clay or black dirt. It is recommended to give pines a good soaking before the ground freezes. To do this it's a good idea to run a sprinkler for few hours or put the hose down at the base of the tree for a good 15-30 minutes so the water has time to soak down into the roots.

Take a little time while enjoying the fall colors to protect your evergreens so they will continue to provide beauty to your landscape for year to come.

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Teri Eckholm. REALTOR with Boardman Realty, is a native Minnesotan who has lived and worked in the Minneapolis St Paul metro all of her life. She specializes in lakeshore homes, acreage properties and first time home buyers but assists anyone making a move in the north and east Twin Cities metro.

If you are buying, selling or relocating to Minnesota and need help from a professional REALTOR®, give Teri , a call or visit her website for a FREE Home Buyer Success Guide or FREE Home Value Report She specialize in acreage and lakeshore properties in the north and east Twin Cities metro area including Ham Lake, Lino Lakes and all communities in the Forest Lake School District! Serving Anoka, Chisago, Ramsey and Washington Counties in Minnesota.

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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
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Teri-Excellent watering tips. In Seattle we've had 1 day of rain in the last 70 days. Very unusual. 



Oct 04, 2012 05:20 AM #1
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Adrian--We have only had a few days with a trace in about the same time period. Northern MN got some rain/slush/snow mix this morning but nothing for most of the state. Though it is very early for snow, even in the north. people were glad to get some precipitation.

Oct 04, 2012 05:25 AM #2
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Great advice especially for those younger trees.  I don't live all that far from you and a hole I had dug last week showed no moisture 29 inches down and then the soil was not set but just a hint of moisture in it.

Oct 04, 2012 12:16 PM #3
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


There is something magical about fall and the promise of spring it brings

Oct 04, 2012 12:38 PM #4
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Teri,

Great information on watering the evergreens in the fall before the first freeze. I did not know this and it might come in handy for some of my clients nearby. I live in an area where we never have more than 3 seasons and rarely any real cold but we are 5 1/2 inches below the water line this year so I am sure the trees are in need of water.

Oct 05, 2012 03:41 AM #5
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