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  • Can Heavy Rain Damage Your Garden?

    While it is true that heavy rain can wreak havoc on your garden, the damage caused can be avoided by taking some simple steps. Here are a few beneficial tips to keep in mind when heavy rains are coming: Look for Cracks Inspect your garden for any possible cracks or openings in your soil or mulch layer. If you spot any, fill them with soil or mulch to prevent water from seeping into the groun … Continue reading
  • Why You Should Consider Planting Native Minnesota Plants in Your Yard

    Did you know that there are many benefits to planting native Minnesota plants in your yard? Some of these benefits include improving pollination, creating a natural habitat for local wildlife, and reducing the need for watering and fertilizing. Here's why you should consider adding native Minnesotan plants to your yard. Improve Pollination One of the biggest benefits of planting native plants … Continue reading
  • Minnesota Landscaping Tips for Spring

    As the snow begins to melt and the temperatures start to rise, it's time to start thinking about how you want your yard to look this spring. If you're looking for some inspiration, check out these Minnesota landscaping tips: 1. Add color with flowers and plants. There are a variety of flowers and plants that can add color to your yard in the springtime. Try tulips, daffodils, crocuses, or g … Continue reading
  • Early Spring Lawn Care Tips

    As winter calms down, many homeowners are anticipating an exhaustive list of lawn chores for the early spring months. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to ensure your lawn is ready for the upcoming spring season. And the best part is, it's very straightforward! Here's what you should tackle as soon as the snow begins to melt. Remove Debris Begin by removing any debris on the l … Continue reading
  • Spring Gardening Prep List

    As the snow melts, it's time to prepare for the busy spring gardening season. Here are some tips to follow before spring is fully upon us. Mulching One of the key things to do in the garden during winter is mulching. Mulching helps to protect plants from harsh weather conditions and keeps the soil from freezing. It is important to use organic mulch, such as leaves, straw, or wood chips, to pre … Continue reading
  • What is Winter Tree Pruning?

    Winter tree pruning is done during the dormant season. This means some trees will be dormant during winter, while some trees will be dormant in spring. If you’re not sure what winter tree pruning is, here are the winter tree pruning basics. Winter tree pruning is a winter lawn care task that helps you maintain beautiful trees and shrubs in the winter and the coming spring season. Why You S … Continue reading
  • Why Ice Dams Can Be So Dangerous

    Ice dams are ice formations that happen on the edge of your roof. They form when ice forms in an area where it shouldn't, like at the edge of a roof or gutter system. This ice then blocks water from draining off of your roof and before you know it, you have a big ice dam that has formed on the edge of your roof. When ice dams form, you might notice that ice starts building up on the edge of you … Continue reading
  • Winter Landscaping Tips For Stunning Yards

    While winter may not be the most beautiful time of year, there are still some things you can do to make your landscape look even better in the colder months. Begin planning your landscaping in summer and fall, and don't forget to add accents in the fall. The cold season can be challenging for plants, so they'll need to be pruned and covered with snow. For winter interest, choose plants that provid … Continue reading
  • Why You Should Professionally Clean Your Gutters in the Fall

    One of the surprisingly worst things that can happen to your home is clogged gutters. Why is that? Clogged gutters can lead to disastrous and costly repairs. The cost of repairing damage from clogged gutters vastly outweighs the cost of maintaining them. Here’s why you should consider having your gutters cleaned before winter. Clear Out Summer Debris If you haven't cleaned your gutters since l … Continue reading
  • Do Boxelders Cause Any Harm To Your Lawn?

    In these fleeting days of beautiful weather, many of us want to enjoy some time on our patios or lawn. However, there is a minor pest that seems to plague the yards and patios of homeowners in September: boxelder bugs. Boxelder bugs seem to be virtually everywhere. You might be finding them crawling on your patio furniture, your window sills, and even worse--you. While they cause no harm to hum … Continue reading
  • Simple Yard Tips to Prepare for Fall

    While many of us are still trying to beat the summer heat, it will soon be time to consider preparing for fall. Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your lawn and yard are ready for the cooler months. Lawn Care Tips You should always try to improve your grass cutting techniques throughout the year. Make sure your mower’s setting is set too high. How you cut and treat your lawn will be … Continue reading
  • Water Conservation Tips For Your Minnesota Lawn

    Whether you are experiencing a drought, or there is a municipal ordinance on water usage, chances are your lawn is in desperate need of water. A lush green lawn is a sight to behold, but for many Minnesotan residents, it is only but a dream. Maintaining your lawn requires a lot of water, however, many factors can prevent a homeowner from having a thriving lawn. No matter where you live, conserv … Continue reading
  • How to Treat Your Yard During a Drought

    Every summer in Minnesota can have unpredictable weather. It could be rainy all week, but then suddenly, the rain hasn’t come in almost a month. Many states are subjected to periods of dry weather, especially in the summertime. During a drought, your yard will surely show that it is suffering, so many homeowners are wondering, what can they do to help their landscape survive during this tough ti … Continue reading
  • Summer Lawn Care Tips

    Summertime means mowing time. But are you treating your lawn the most effective way? Here are some tips you can follow to ensure your lawn is being cared for properly. Mow at the Correct Height You should adjust the height of your mower to leave the grass a bit taller. Taller grass will reduce water evaporation, and it can help the roots grow deeper. This can prevent weed seeds from germinatin … Continue reading
  • How to Naturally Manage Weed Growth in your Garden

    Weeds can be extremely problematic for your garden. Not only do they hinder the appearance, but they can also prevent your garden from flourishing and growing. Getting rid of weeds can also be a difficult task, especially if you want to avoid harming your other plants. Here are some natural weed removal remedies that you should follow. Use a Gardening Tarp Tarps are an excellent and natural way … Continue reading
  • Landscaping Tips For Small Yards

    In denser, urban neighborhoods, yards are usually on the smaller size. Because of this, some people don’t bother with upkeep, as there is this notion that traditional landscaping techniques don’t apply. Lawn equipment tends to be on the bulkier side, so it is harder to store and maneuver. Also, shade from neighboring trees and houses can make growing and gardening seem like an impossible fea … Continue reading
  • How Do Plants Survive Extreme Cold?

    It’s the middle of winter, and temperatures are plummeting below zero. This is common for a Minnesota winter, after all. However, as a homeowner, you probably wonder how the animals and plants can survive this unbearable cold? Many animals hibernate underground or fly south during the winter because their food sources are scarce. Vegetation, such as leaves and flowers, don’t exist. But how is … Continue reading
  • Why You Should Consider A Minnesota Edible Garden

    While the weather isn’t quite ready for a garden, that doesn’t mean you can’t begin to plan one for the next season. If you’re interested in having a unique landscape or garden, consider an edible garden. Edible gardens are ones that have plants and trees which offer fruits and vegetables. Not only will you have a supermarket in your backyard, but an edible garden can add a significant amo … Continue reading
  • Why You Should Hardscape Your Land During the Off-Season

    The colder months are typically considered the “off” season for residential and commercial landscaping. But did you know that this is the best time for a hardscaping project? Hardscaping is a bit different than landscaping. While landscaping involved the implementation of living elements to the yard (trees, shrubs, flowers, etc), hardscaping is the opposite. Hardscaping features typically i … Continue reading
  • Christmas Landscaping Tips

    Halloween is officially over, and for many, that means one thing: Christmas! Whether you begin decorating right on November 1, or wait until December, there are always great holiday landscaping tips. Here are the best Christmas decorating ideas that utilize natural elements. Using Natural Elements in Your Christmas Landscaping The most common way to decorate your yard for Christmas is by hangi … Continue reading
  • Fall Gardening Tips

    We all know some fall planning can help prep for the spring season. For many, fall is seen as the cleanup season: manage your soils, prepare sod, clean bed, etc. But what some don’t realize is that you can still have a thriving garden even in the cold Autumn weather. Planting spring bulbs and pulling out summer blooms will help tremendously with next year’s bounty, but there are excellent opti … Continue reading
  • The Best Ways to Boost Fall Curb Appeal

    It doesn’t take a whole lot of work to improve your curb appeal, especially during the fall. Many fall landscaping ideas are easy to implement. You can create a beautiful yet simple outdoor landscape with the colors of fall. Fall landscaping works with any budget. Whether you want to do a simple project or go all out, the sky's the limit when it comes to this festive season. Here’s how you can … Continue reading
  • The Benefits of Using Plants Native to Minnesota

    If you're planning a new landscaping project, one of the best routes you can go is to reintroduce native Minnesotan species to your garden. Not only are native plants naturally beautiful, but they are also highly beneficial to both your budget and the environment. Native grown plants help increase the biodiversity of your yard, which is incredibly important to our ecosystem. So if you’re in the … Continue reading
  • How to Grow and Care for Honeysuckle

    Honeysuckle is known for its tubular shape, nicely scented flowers. They’re fantastic for accenting walls and sides of buildings, adding another component of personality. Honeysuckles perform best when they’re overflowing, flowering tops are mostly in sunlight or just lightly shaded. While deer don’t eat Honeysuckle, Hummingbirds and other wildlife love to consume it. Below, you can learn … Continue reading
  • How to Grow Azaelas in Your Yard

    Azaleas are flowers that are easy to maintain and bloom beautifully. While more common in the south, they can be grown in Minnesota and can be a great addition to any garden. Azaleas can become a staple of your garden, you just have to make all the necessary steps to make it a reality. Here are some tips for growing Azaleas this spring. Choosing Azaleas The type of Azaleas you grow depends o … Continue reading
  • How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

    Spring is fast approaching, which means chore time begins for gardens. After a cold and cruel winter, it can feel overwhelming to get back into your garden. But it doesn’t have to be! While it might still be too early to start gardening, there are many things you can do to prepare your garden for the Springtime. Follow this checklist for a smooth and efficient garden prep. Make Sure Your To … Continue reading
  • What Is Perennial Ryegrass?

    For decades the long-standing contender for the ideal lawn grass was Kentucky bluegrass. Kentucky bluegrass has been the creme-de-la crop when it comes to a show-stopping landscape, primarily due to its rich and vibrant color. If you know a little something about different types of grass, you might be aware of a couple of other varieties of popular lawn grass: fescue and perennial ryegrass. Fes … Continue reading
  • The Top 5 Ornamental Plants for Fall

    Summer is over, which means it’s time to swap out for fall-friendly plants. While flowering plants tend to thrive in the spring and summertime, many beautiful blooms are available for fall. With the change in seasons comes a change in colors. Opt-in for profound harvest-colored arrangements, as these vibrant and autumnal hues, take the spotlight this season. Here is a list of flowers that are pe … Continue reading
  • 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