Crunchy leaves, apple pie and pumpkins abound…it must be fall in Minnesota! It’s our favorite time of year – great to check out festivals around the area AND a good time to plant perennials for next year’s landscape. Here are a few options for festivals, as well as some guidelines for fall garden care.
Landscape & Garden To-do List
Plant: It’s a great time to plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines, trees in containers and spring-blooming bulbs. Bulbs like lily, hyacinth and iris will bloom in the spring if covered with mulch to protect them from frigid winter temperatures.
Divide and conquer: Now is a good time to divide perennials and replant in areas to keep plants healthy and thriving. Wait until they’ve finished blooming for the season, then cut back foliage and cover with leaves and/or mulch.
Aerate: Lawns can benefit from aeration this time of year. The extra oxygen helps give the lawn a boost.
Oktoberfest and other Fall Festivals
Here’s a list of some of our favorite fall festivals – enjoy!
Oktoberfest in Waconia!
October 8, 2016, 12:00 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Traditional fun, food and beverages and music. Sat October 8th Noon to Midnight at the Carver County Fairgrounds
$7 advance $12 at door
Tickets also get you in for the main drawing.
Polka band the Jolly Huntsmen 1pm-5pm
Joe Deithelm strolling accordion 5-8pm
Mix It DJ 8pm-12am German food, Beer & Liquor
Car show (roll-in)
Twin Cities Oktoberfest – Saint Paul, MN – Oct 7 to Oct 8, 2016
This Minneapolis-St. Paul Oktoberfest provides two days of live music, dancers, brats and Summit Oktoberfest beer.
New Ulm Oktoberfest – New Ulm, MN – Oct 7 to Oct 15, 2016
The 35th Annual Minnesota Oktoberfest will take place at four locations in New Ulm on the first two weekends in October. The four locations are the Best Western Plus, Downtown New Ulm, Morgan Creek Vineyards and Schell’s Brewery. This has been ranked one of the top 25 events in Minnesota for many years. The Best Western Plus has two indoor band stage areas with German-style polka and bands playing party favorites for dancing. Downtown activities include horse-drawn trolley rides, hometown bands and tours of various buildings including the John Lind House, Hermann Monument, Schell’s Brewery and the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. Don’t miss the 45 foot Musical Glockenspiel which is setup in the downtown area. Morgan Creek Vineyards generally has a Grape Stomp on the first Saturday of the festival.