Bits and Pieces of News from St. Louis Park

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 12:17pm.

Maneuvering the highways, working in the yard and our healthcare systems – we’ve rounded up a couple of news stories from St. Louis Park – grab ‘em while they’re hot!

This used to be such a quiet street

When the highway gets tough, the tough get going – right through our neighborhoods. Remember how tired you are of motorists using the streets near your home to bypass congestion on Hwy. 100 when you get the urge to complain about the construction mess on said highway.

MnDOT officials say that we can expect the chaos to continue through the fall of 2016. You can learn more about the project here.

Back away from the lawn

Spring! Those with the proverbial green thumb sit by the window during the waning hours of winter, chomping at the bit to get outside and dig in the dirt. While there are lots of things you can be doing in the St. Louis Park yard and garden right now, dethatching your lawn needs to be removed from your list, according to turf grass experts with the University of Minnesota.

Dethatching is the process of removing that buildup of dead grass, soil and other detritus that accumulates between the top layer of turf and the soil below it. Nasty stuff, it holds water during rainy periods, prohibiting the oxygen the lawn requires. On hot days, thatch heats up and dries out quickly, so the lawn requires more water.

Spring is the season when lots of seeds germinate best, including our old nemesis crabgrass. By loosening the thatch layer during this part of the season you’re giving the pests’ offspring everything they need to become established and, eventually, take over.

Don’t confuse dethatching with power raking, say the experts. This IS a good time for the latter.

Ah, to own healthcare stock!

Since the inception of Obamacare, healthcare has become big, huge business, especially in Minnesota. So, it should come as no surprise that our Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital will be undergoing a bit of a facelift – to the tune of $140 million.

Look for two new floors, a complete renovation of the surgery center and all patient rooms made private.

See you next week!

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