Pruning Fruit Trees

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Fruit trees need pruning to maintain shape, remove dead branches, remove diseased branches, and to rejuvenate older trees so that they can again begin producing more fruit.

Timing of pruning is important and more gardeners will tell you to prune while the tree is still dormant.  This allows you to better see the branches since you are not contending with leaves.  I am told the limbs are lighter in the winter as well although I haven’t noticed.  There is one other time you can prune and that it right after they are fully leaved out.    This allows the wounds to heal before those spring diseases try to get into your tree.

Winter is also a good time of year to trim most other types of trees as well and in many cases reduces disease.  Some of you gardeners who have been maintaining yards for years may not know this, but we no longer paint over the wound.  The tree will do this naturally on its own and this is said to be healthier for the tree.

I will be looking for apples come fall!  How about you?  What types of fruit trees do you have in your yard?  Is there another type of fruit that you wish you had growing in your yard?  Please share

I am a Realtor with Keller Williams Premier Realty in the North Metro area in Minnesota.  If you are looking at buying or selling your home or know someone who would like to work with an experienced agent please pass my information along.  kwoehl.kwrealty.com  or 651-214-1459

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Who is Buying Homes?

According to the MN Association of Realtors.  Minnesota home buyers have some characteristics.  Do you fall into one of these?

  • 42% of recent home buyers are first time homebuyers
  •  The typical home buyer is 38 years old
  • 2010 median household income for buyers was $76,900
  • 61% of recent home buyers were married couples
  • 17% of recent home buyers are single females
  • 29% of MN recent home buyers said that their primary reasoning for purchasing a home was the desire to own a home.

If you are looking to be the next home owner please give me a call!  You can also visit my website and shop on your own until ready to go see one of the homes that are currently listed.

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Recycle Your Old Holiday Light Strings – Ace is The Place – Forest Lake and Wyoming

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Now is the time year that we all open up our boxes and bins in search of our holiday cheer.  I cannot help but to think about that mass clump of lights that Clark Griswald of Christmas Vacation pulls from a box.  He hands this huge knotted clump of lights over to his son Russ and says something like, “a little knot there”, when it could not have been a more impossible task to untangle.

I too have seen these knots no matter how carefully we put them away, and no matter what method we use or have tried.  We still seem to not be able to find the end or untangle the set.  The other major issue is that you can have a perfectly working string when you put them away, but by the next season when you gingerly pull them out, they have decided to work only partially or not at all.  Now what to do with that non working string?  Most of us have tossed these into our trash cans and they go to the landfill and fill up our land with what can now be recycled.

All participating Ace Hardware stores are taking holiday light strings beginning on the 15th of November.  The Recycling Association of MN (RAM) is starting its 3rd season of recycling and will continue until the end of the holiday season.

Did you know that they can recycle every part of a light string?  They recycle the lights, the string, the plug ins, everything!  Last year they met their goal and this year are hoping to recycle 200,000 light strands.  Obviously this is making a difference to the landfills, but it is also allowing us to reuse these materials and also to create employment to the workers who are paid to take these strings apart, to those who recycle the product and to those that turn these pieces into new items.

If you don’t have a local Ace Hardware such as Forest Lake and Wyoming Minnesota, you can go to  www.RecycleMinnesota.org. for an interactive map that can guide you to a recycle center near you.  Last year there were 400 locations taking part in this effort and this number will grow as the season goes on.

After you recycle your old strings, consider purchasing the new higher efficiency LED lights.  “According to the Department of Energy, running LED holiday lights on one 6-foot tree for 12 hours per day for 40 days can save 90% or more energy when compared to traditional incandescent holiday lights”.  In ending I wanted to share that they also recycle any type of electrical cord such as telephone, speaker and damaged extension cords.  Make a trip to your local ACE hardware store with your old knot today!  It will feel good!

Kim Woehl is a Realtor with Keller Williams Premier Realty in Forest Lake Minnesota.  651-214-1459  kwoehl.kwrealty.com

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Drop off your old strings at ACE Hardware!

Winter in MN – Holidazzle Fun

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Head on down for some winter fun!

Fall is technically still here and yet we are beginning to see signs of winter.  I saw a truck with a large plow on the front in Stacy, Minnesota this evening.  Earlier today I took a few minutes to catch up on twitter and in doing so was surprised to see dates up for the Holidazzle Parade.

If you have not yet put the family in the car and headed down to Minneapolis for this fun event, you are really missing out.  It has been a few years since we have made the trek, but I think this winter is the year to put this fun event on my calendar again.

Parades begin November 25th and go through December 18, 2011.  They will be held every evening Thursday – Sunday.  Parade begins promptly at 6:30 and lasts about 30 minutes.

If you want a true Minnesota experience this is it.  The Holidazzle is done in the dark and the floats are all lit up with lights.  So are the people, bands, and the 200+ costumed characters.  There is music and always some great grand marshals to wave at.

If this sounds like the activity for your family, head to  the Nicollet Mall from 12th – 4th Street.  There are some amazing seats along the route and I did not yet mention this, but its FREE to attend!  Bring some hot cocoa and a blanket or two and enjoy!  Maybe I will see you there!

Kim Woehl is a Realtor with Keller Williams Premier Realty 651-214-1459

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Blandings Turtle – Right Here

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So I just came across a story about a baby Blanding’s Turtle being found in southern Minnesota.  I live on the Sunrise River in Wyoming, MN and have these endangered Blandings turtles living in the area.  If you should come across one, remember not to bother these gentle critters.  In the spring to early summer we often see turtles crossing the road in search of that perfect spot to lay their eggs.

During this time they are on a mission.  If they are headed in one direction, they will continue in that direction, even if we try to take them to safety.

If you must move a turtle so that they are not run over, please move them to the side of the road in the direction they were traveling.

I said we have many turtles crossing the road.  Most are snapping turtles, these, well let’s just say they are not so cute and adorable and have jaw strength that will cause severe damage to your body.  Leave these alone!  Seriously!

Educate your neighbors, children and community about the Blandings turtle and remember, if you can slow down and just let them pass over the road on their own, this is the best for all involved.

I like seeing the nature that lives in my area and I would be very sad to see us lose the Blanding’s turtle, so watch for them, slow down and let’s hope that we can be in the next story with babies of our own.

http://www.kare11.com/rss/article/942457/14/Researchers-encouraged-by-discovery-of-threatened-turtle

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Road construction is one of Minnesota‘s 5 seasons. It seems to kinda blend in between and among spring, summer and fall.   Trying to give driving directions from here to there can be nearly impossible!  Oh and if by chance you can get them through this mass obstacle course of orange cones, large equipment and pot holes the size of compact cars, you might find out that they just changed the course and what worked yesterday to get you through was today impassible.

This summer locally they have totally removed a bridge from our main corridor, ripped up that said corridor, and then for hoots and giggles, decided to pretty much tear up the Interstate 35 heading in both directions for about a 20 mile drive in either direction.

So you say, find a detour and you should be fine.  Well that does sound like a great idea if said detour was they not under construction as well.  Recently a client called me in frustration about her drive to work.  She was getting off in Hugo, MN to detour around some of the congested freeway work only to find that 14 was closed.  No warning was given as to why nor did the closed sign give a length of closure.  Needless to say getting from here to there can seem down right impossible.

Being the positive person that I am, I choose to leave extra early for appointments, carry a book with me at all times and think about how exciting it will be to have our roads passable once again.  I look forward to the area businesses regaining some of the lost revenue from those who simply would not take the challenge of the obstacle course and I especially can’t wait to run my 4 tires over the smooth surface of the all new Broadway corridor.  Oh how I miss the Western half of the city.

The local papers are reporting that the bridge project is 3 weeks ahead of schedule even though we had a state shutdown earlier this year.  Will you be out there with me waiting to travel this brand new road?

The photo is taken looking eastLooking East toward Lake Street - Forest Lake, MN out of the Culver’s parking lot.  They have made progress indeed!  I am a Realtor working at Keller Williams Premier Realty in Forest Lake MN.  I would love to have you give me community topics to discuss on this blog.  Better yet, follow me!

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Relax by the Lake – It’s a Good Thing

Our Lake Home - Currently Under Construction

According to the MN Dept of Revenue, lake homes have increased in value while other MN homes have lost 10% from 2006 – 2010.  As a lake home owner it is just one reason to be thankful for the purchase.  The best thing about owning lake property is that there is only so much of it, and to have a little piece of heaven to call your own is great, but to have it increasing in value is even better.

The biggest concern with purchasing a second home is that you can afford to make the payments and to keep the property up.  Foreclosure can still be  a risk and property upkeep can be a concern sometimes as well.

Who will mow the property and keep it looking nice?  Will you hire a cleaning service to maintain the cleanliness of the home when you care not there?  What about siding, roofing, driveway maintenance?  These are all things that will need to be considered.

Even with all this said, we love our time at the lake.  With relaxed weekends spent with family and friends, boating, fishing, cooking, having campfires, nature walks, and the pure joy of not having to set an alarm.  This makes everything worthwhile.  To find that it is maintaining its value is just one more benefit.

I love the lake life and would love to help you find your lake home too.  If I can help you in this process, please give me a call at 651-214-1459.   Kim Woehl – Keller Williams Premier Realty  You can find me right here in the lakes area!