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  • The Definitive Guide to Willow Trees

    Willow trees are suited in moist, temperate soil, and need a lot of sunlight. While they can grow in virtually any climate, the stems are quite fragile and are prone to be broken from high winds and damaging storms, therefore they are not recommended to be grown in areas prone to such weather. That being said, willow trees are a fantastic choice for your home’s landscape. There are a wide variet … Continue reading
  • How to Grow Apples In Your Yard

    Apple trees can provide not just tasty treats throughout the season, but they can add to the aesthetic appeal of any yard or garden. It’s not quite as simple as sticking a tree into the ground and benefiting from the fruits of your labor, though. Here are some things to know about growing apples in your garden. Sun is Vital For apples to grow, a tree needs a lot of sun. ideally, an apple t … Continue reading
  • How is a Blizzard Defined?

    Contrary to popular belief, it is the wind and not the amount of snow that differentiates a blizzard from a snow storm. This is according to the National Weather Service, who’s definition for snow storm classifies a blizzard as a storm that has strong enough winds to blow snow resulting in low visibility. To be classified as a blizzard, a snow storm must feature winds as high as 35 mph that cuts … Continue reading
  • 5 Essential Autumn Lawn Care Tips

    We should never underestimate just how important it is to maintain our lawns. Aesthetically, lawns increase property values, complement landscape plants, and can even enhance the quality of our lives. A lush green lawn provides a blanket for families to picnic on, a soft landing for children at play and a soft cushion for bare feet. Scientifically, a healthy lawn is great for the environment b … Continue reading
  • How to Control Erosion With Concrete Retaining Walls

    Believe it or not, but it is not just metal that can corrode. Soil erosion can cause serious problems for your home garden, so steps must be taken to control it. When water flows across the ground, it can damage the soil. The faster the flow, and the more exposed the soil, the more damage it can cause. To help prevent these problems, you can cover or plant the slope to help minimize erosion. On … Continue reading
  • The Best Materials to Use For Your Patio

    Many homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to make their homes more appealing. Whether that means increasing the living space or just making it look better, they are always trying to find something that works. Installing a patio can make any yard look better, and will provide a comfortable place for guests and family to enjoy the yard. Here are the most common materials used in patio const … Continue reading
  • Low Maintenance Shrubbery 101: The Basics

    There are many of us out there who love having an attractive and well-maintained yard, but do not necessarily want to put in all of the effort needed to make it happen. Luckily, there are low effort and low energy options that can help fulfill your need for visual appeal while not causing you to lift too many fingers. Shrubs, for instance, might be just what you need. They can be beautiful, do not … Continue reading
  • Landscaping Tips to Become More Energy Efficient

    The Minnesota climate is known for its extremes. It is very cold in the winters, and can get very hot in the summers. This can put a strain on your energy consumption and water usage. There are some things you can do outside of the home to help with that strain and keep your house warmer or cooler, depending on the season. They can also help conserve water as well. For Homes That Are Too Hot … Continue reading
  • 5 Mistakes to Help You Spot a Poor Ice Dam Removal Service

    A lot people think of rain when they think of leaky roofs, but leaks can happen in the winter as well. Tons of snow can build up on your roof over the winter season, and ice dams are the result. These hard blocks of ice put a strain on your roof and can lead to leaks as the water melts off. An ice dam removal service can help clear away the risk, but you must use a reputable service. Here are some … Continue reading
  • Useful Tips for Winter Gardening

    Winter might seem like a time when you can sit back and forget all about your garden for a few months, but you could not be more wrong. While there might not be anything growing, there is still work you can do to get the most out of the warmer months when they do come. Here are some tips and ideas for what you can do when the weather is too cold for growing. Winterizing This should be done befo … Continue reading
  • How to Take Care of Your Poinsettia Year Round

    The poinsettia has long been a Christmas favorite. Despite being native to Mexico, the poinsettia has become the plant to provide holiday cheer in millions of households. As time has gone on, poinsettias can now be purchased in many colors, shapes, and sizes. It is natural that you might want your new “Christmas plant” to last longer than the holiday season, so here are some tips to help keep … Continue reading
  • Why Deck Lighting Is A Great Option

    Installing a deck is an exciting way to upgrade your yard or home. The thing is, once you have put in a deck, you will probably want to spend time enjoying it day and night. There are few things more relaxing than kicking back on your deck on a nice summer evening. However, to do that, you will certainly need lighting for several reasons. Here are the benefits of deck lighting. Safety It pro … Continue reading
  • What Accent Lighting Can Do For Your Home

    As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, our homes are more often seen in the dark. That means that what your home looks like at night becomes more important. Outdoor lighting is a great way to keep your house looking appealing, and can even change how your home looks to others. One of the ways this is achieved is through accent lighting. Accent lighting is any lighting that’s purpos … Continue reading
  • What is That Powdery Mildew on Your Lawn?

    No one wants to see any abnormalities on their home lawn. There are many alarming things that can appear in the grass, including powdery mildew. Powdery mildew is a common disease caused by a fungus, Erysiphe graminis. The disease mostly affects Kentucky bluegrass and fescue. The disease starts when spores are released by the fungus. The fungus spends the entire winter resting on plants, and relea … Continue reading
  • How to Grow Organic Pumpkins At Home

    Anyone who has been to a country fair or experienced Halloween knows what a pumpkin is. It’s a large orange fruit, and is most often used for pies, decorations, and entering in competitions. Many people don’t realize that there are several different types of pumpkins. There are the large ones that go in competitions and also get turned into jack-o-lanterns, and there are smaller, tastier ones … Continue reading
  • How to Grow Your Own Apple Tree

    Being able to pluck a crisp and tasty apple directly from a tree is one of life’s little pleasures. Apples just seem to taste better when they go right from the tree to your mouth. The great thing is that if you have the room on your Minnesota property, you can have your very own apple tree. There are just a few things you should know, however. Here are some tips to help you grow your own apple … Continue reading
  • Minnesota Trees Threatened by the Two-Lined Chestnut Borer

    When the two-lined chestnut borer is around, oak trees in Minnesota are in danger. Otherwise known as Agrilus Bilineatus, the two-lined chestnut borer will attack any oak species, although red oak is its favorite. It like trees that are already weakened. If conditions like stress, construction, or drought have affected trees in a certain area, then there is a good chance that the TLCB will try to … Continue reading
  • What is Oak Anthracnose And Why is it a Threat?

    Oak anthracnose is a fungal disease that infects oak trees, in particular the White oak. The fungus that causes it is apiognomonia quercinia. Each year, the plants that were infected the year previous will spread the spores from rain and moisture that gets splashed in the spring to new growth. How Can You Spot it? Early in the season, the immature leaves start to show infection, the disease w … Continue reading
  • What Minnesotans Should Know About the Asian Long-Horned Beetle

    You may have heard of the Asian long-horned beetle, but have not really paid attention to what you’ve heard other than enough to know it’s not good. If you are in an area that is in danger of losing trees to this invasive beetle, like New York City, Chicago, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Ohio, and Toronto, then you’ll want to know a little more. Here’s what you need to know. What Trees Do … Continue reading
  • The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Re-Opens

    Following a two-year renovation, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden reopened on June 10, 2017. Its renovations include new artwork, an underground water system to reduce pollution and a restructured arrangement of its art. About the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden The Minneapolis Sculpture garden is truly one of Minnesota’s gems. It’s the result of cooperation between the Walker Art Center an … Continue reading
  • What Type of Grass Should You Use on Your Lawn in Minnesota?

    It is important when you are getting a new lawn to get the best type for your region. That can be a difficult thing to decide, but hopefully this guide will help you make the right choice. There are certainly better types of grass to plant in Minnesota. Here is what you need to know. If you have lived in Minnesota for more than six months, you know full well how cold it can get. For that reaso … Continue reading
  • Emerald Ash Borer Found on Trees in Goodhue County

    In March 2017, The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) placed Goodhue County under a quarantine following the discovery of emerald ash borer (emerald ash borer) in Red Wing. The emerald ash borer is an insect that can be classified as an invasive species. The insect gets its name from the trees that it feeds on, the emerald ash tree, which is commonly found in North America. If infected t … Continue reading
  • MDA Issues Infestation Warning For Owners of Rustic Log Furniture

    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently issued a warning to rustic log furniture owners recently. Owners of the material are urged to check for signs of insect infestation in their furniture. MDA investigated two separate accounts of insect infestation in wood furniture in 2016. As a result, they are issuing warnings to log furniture owners to check for signs infestation. Insects can live … Continue reading
  • Twin Cities Takes Preventative Measures Against Emerald Ash Borer

    An exotic Asian beetle is wreaking havoc on ash trees all across the country,and Minnesota is no exception. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic beetle indigenous to Asia. Introduced into the United States in 2002, the adult beetle causes little damage to plants when they nibble on leaves. Larvae, however, feed on the bark of ash trees, interrupting the normal flow of water and nutrients. (mor … Continue reading
  • Make Your Lawn Last All Summer Long With These 3 Species of Shade Grass

    Nothing makes your home landscape look more beautiful than a luscious lawn in a red summer sunset. The summer heat, however, can be enough to wreak havoc on the health and appearance of your lawn. While the trees and plants on your property grow lusciously with plenty of sun exposure and proper watering, the grass in your lawn is susceptible to a number of hazards. Overexposure to the sun’s heat … Continue reading
  • Tips For Growing Lilac Bushes In Your Home Garden

    With spring weather quickly approaching, the time is getting near for you to start making plans for your summer garden, and believe it or not, there’s a lot more to consider than you might expect. When it comes to selecting plants for your garden, consider patterns, color schemes, and the climate and geography of the area you live in. Sunflowers and daisies are always great options because of th … Continue reading
  • Why Add a Garden Fence To Your Landscape?

    Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. With the warmer weather quickly coming our way, now is a great time to start thinking about your home landscape. That includes what plants you are going to feature in your design, and also the layout of your design. You should also consider providing some extra protection, or support for your garden. Fencing is one of the best ways to provide s … Continue reading
  • 6 Landscape Photography Tips To Improve Your Landscape Photo Album

    If you enjoy landscape photography, then you probably want to ensure you get the best shot every time. Although weather certainly plays a role with outdoor photography, you need to dig a little deeper to get the job done. In fact, try to approach landscape photography with an open mind. The rain, snow, and wind all make for interesting photographs. When you're shooting outside, it may be beneficia … Continue reading
  • Great Green Gardening Guidelines For Your Minnesota Landscape

    This article is about ways you can make your garden care both easier and also more eco-friendly. The following examples and guidelines will give you more information into eco-friendly landscaping approaches. The methods you use to keep your yard maintained and looking good are directly tied to the local environment. You are just as responsible as anyone else about its condition. That said, follow … Continue reading
  • Small Yard Landscaping Ideas

    There are many ways small yard landscaping can improve your home's appearance. Working with a small space might limit the room you have to work with. There are, however, plenty of options for you to make your small yard landscape beautiful and unique. You will need to take some time to prepare, but once you've finished, you'll have a beautiful landscape project that will make all your neighbors je … Continue reading