What Makes Fall in Minneapolis Special?

What Makes Fall in Minneapolis Special?

Minneapolis is known for its outdoor activities and the changing of colors during the fall season is what makes it so special for so many people.  With that being said, let’s take a look at a few places where you can go to enjoy the outdoors and all the colors Minneapolis has to offer.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum has the most diverse tree collection in the state, making for one of the most colorful places in Minneapolis during the fall.

You can take a scenic drive through the Arboretum’s forest, or you get out and enjoy some of the fall activities like scarecrow exhibits or the World of Pumpkins display.

There is an admission, however if you make it on the third Thursday of the month after 4:30 admission is free and children under 15 are always free.

Hyland Hills Chairlift

If you really want to see a “30,000 foot overview” off all the fall colors the Twin Cities has to offer, head over to Hyland Hills for a chairlift ride.

This scenic retreat is in the heart of Bloomington and in addition to all the colors you can see from the top of the highest hills in Hennepin County, you can also enjoy stargazing, campfires, and live music.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

If you really need a break from the Cities, head just south of Bloomington and visit the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

This Refuge is along the Minnesota River Valley and offers all the fall colors along with wetlands and wildlife that is native to the land.

Stop by the visitor’s center and grab your map to all the trails and hiking paths available.  This Refuge visit is sure to be a pleaser to the entire family.

There you go, those are our top 3 spots to visit to see fall colors in the Minneapolis area.  If you have another spot to visit in the fall you think we should know about, please let us know in the comments below.

The Importance of Fall Leaf Clean Up

Fall is officially here in Minnesota and we are starting to see the beautiful colors that make this time of year the best.  However, before you know it those leaves will be falling from the trees and littering your lawn.

Although it may be fun making huge piles of leaves for the kids and pets to play in, your lawns health depends on you picking them up before the snow falls.

What Happens When You Don’t Pick Up Leaves

Leaf cover blocks air and light which is a necessity for your lawn to grow.  Leaves that are not picked up before snow fall will suffocate your lawn and cause brown and dead patches.  Furthermore, leaves can carry disease such as anthracnose.

What is The Best Practice for Leaf Removal

In Minnesota, we have tons of trees with tons of leaves which means your yard is likely to have too many leaves to make mulching a good practice.  However, if you yard does not have a ton of leaves, mulching is the best practice because they help keep moisture and warmth in the soil during the colder months.  Additionally, you can add leaf mulch to flower bed, trees and shrubs.

For lawns where there are just too many leaves, you will want to bag the leaves and drop them off at your local yard waste.  Before bagging though, be sure to place as much mulch as possible around flowers beds, trees and shrubs and possibly even rake some into your lawn for protection.

Our Leaf Removal Services

At Peter Doran Lawn, we use commercial mowers and custom made lawn vacuums that make leaf removal a breeze.  Our  lawn mowers mulch the leaves while our lawn vacuums suck up at 99 percent of the debris, leaving just enough through your lawn for protection.

You can request a free estimate online or give us a call at our new offices in Rogers, MN at (763) 595-1440.

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