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ju00y2, 2009 Community Tri.County News * Kimball, MN K00mball senior D00.in00l July 6-10 Monday-Euchre, Blood Pres- sures taken: Hamburger tomato casserole, peas, lettuce salad, flesh fruit. Tuesday-Euchre: BBQ riblet, O'Brien potatoes, mixed vegeta- bles, wheat bread, banana cake. Wednesday-Birthday cake: Tater-crust fish, Rosemary roasted potatoes, broccoli, wheat bread, sugar cookie. Thursday: Lasagna, French cut green beans, lettuce salad, garlic bread, gelatin. Friday-Bingo: Chicken chow mein, rice, Oriental vegeta- bles, Mandarin oranges, fortune cookie. 1% milk is served with every meal. Menu is subject to change. Suggested contribution for per- sons 60+ and volunteers is $3.25, or what you can afford. Guests under 60 pay $6.50. REMINDER: When there is a choice of entree on the menu, you will receive the first one listed UNLESS you notify us. The cof- fee pot is on by 11:15 a.m. every Wednesday. For reservations, call Rosa- lea Hoeft (320) 398-2211 between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. the daybefore you plan on attending. Gift dining booklets are available at the Senior Dining Site and the State Bank of Kimball. THEIN This program is funded in part under a contract with the Central MN Council on Aging as part of the Older Americans Act Program. Wise watedng for a healthy lawn Summer in Minnesota often brings water rationing programs and rising water prices. Homeowners can reduce water usage with no loss in grass quality by watering their lawns wisely. "Most homeowners drastically over-water their lawns," according to Carrie Raber, Stearns County Soil andWater Conservation Technician. "Frequent lawn watering can lead to shallow root systems and an unhealthy lawn," according to Raber. "It is best to water deeply and infrequently - one inch of water each week, and remember that if it rains an inch during the week, watering is probably unnecessary." "Water early in the morning and avoid watering on windy days. Ifyou see puddles forming or water run- ning off the lawn, it's time to turn off the sprinklers. To really maxi- mize your water budget, landscape with water-conserving plants, use rain barrels and install drip irriga- tion systems," said Raber. Some turf grass has mechanisms to survive the dryperiod. Kentucky blue- grass will go dormant and use very lit- tle water. The leaves mm brown, but when adequate water returns, new growth 11 occur with no long-term damage. The fescuegrasses do not go dormant, but are quite drought toler- ant and grow very slowly under dry conditions, thus using less water. Proper fertilization promotes deeper root systems which can use water held deep within the soil. Too much fertilizer, especially nitrogen, may encourage shoot growth but hin- der the development of hardy roots. Nutrient deficiencies stunt roots and shoots making the turf more vulner- able to disease, insects, weeds and drought. The University of Minnesota Extension Service provides specific information on how much and when to fertilize to achieve a nice lawn in the most environmentally sound manner. To determine how often to mow, use the "one-third" rule - no more than one-third of the leaf area should be cut at any one time. Frequent mowing produces thicker, denser turf which will evaporate less water. Thatch, the layer of non-decom- posed organic matter found between the soil surface and the base of the leaves, can slow water move- ment into the soil. Thatch accumu- lates because of heavy fertilization, improper mowing, and over-water- ing. De-thatching and aerification can help control that:h develop- haent. Aerification of compacted soils once or twice a year helps break up packed layers to .allow air and water to reach plant root systems. Page 5 WELL CO. Wells Pumps Water Conditioning all Gaffe LLC HRS: Mon-Fri: 7:30-5:30; S North of Hwy. 55 on Hw),. 15 in Kimball American Heart i . 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