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  • 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
  • How to Resurrect Your Lawn by Killing Garden Moss

    Not everything that grows green is good for your outdoor space. Most people try to surround their family homes with plants, trees and bushes. Those who have bigger areas around their houses tend to use it to their advantage. People build gardens and courtyards to spend time with family and friends. Children can play with each other and guests can pay a visit on a festive occasion. Grass that grows … Continue reading
  • How to Plant a Flower Garden in 8 Steps

    A flower garden can enhance your landscape. They should be prepared during spring, after the snow has melted. You can decide on what kind of flowers to plant in your garden. Choose from a wide variety of perennials, annuals, or both for your garden. Try to select an array of colorful flowers that will attract local wildlife. Once you have your selection, follow these tips on how to plant a flower … Continue reading
  • 4 Must-Have Summer Landscape Additions

    You still have time to make your landscape the talk of the town this summer. These four simple summer landscape additions can transform your average yard into a stellar one. As a result, you and your family and friends can enjoy the remaining warm weather in the comfort of your own backyard. Use these summer landscape additions to reinvent your design in time for August and Labor Day festivities. … Continue reading
  • 4 Chemical Free Pest Control Methods for Your Garden

    Keeping a chemical free yard can be really frustrating when you feel like your plants are being destroyed by nature. There are, however, several things you can try in order to detour insects and animals from eating up your prized garden. Check out these chemical free pest control methods for your garden this summer. (more…) … Continue reading
  • How to Enhance Your Front Yard Landscape

    Improving your home's curb appeal is a great way to add value to your home. You can enhance your front yard landscape by creating an appealing design that sets the tone for the rest of your home. Here are three ways you can enhance your front yard landscape this summer that will really turn the neighbors' heads. Enhance Your Front Yard Landscape Use Dark Colors Dark colors can create a lush … Continue reading
  • 4 Things to Consider for Your Outdoor Fire Pit Design

    Minnesotans make a point of being outdoors as much as possible in the summer. Having a great outdoor space to enjoy the weather helps you really enjoy the season. Your front or backyard is the perfect such place. Adding a fire pit can bring a whole new level of enjoyment to your outdoor space. Below are some essentials that go into creating not only a fire pit, but a whole space devoted to beautif … Continue reading
  • Best Perennials for Minnesota: Top 13 Flowers for Midwest Gardening

    Choosing flowers for Minnesota gardening can be challenging. The extreme differences in temperature and weather that occur throughout the gardening season make it planning a difficult task. If you’re planning a garden with long-term use in mind, you’ll definitely want to include perennials. Perennials guarantee beauty year after year and can be planted to bloom throughout the gardening season … Continue reading
  • Great Flower Arrangement Ideas for Your Garden

    Gardening can be hard work. Arranging flowers for your garden is no easy task. If you want to make your garden look great, however, you should certainly consider the importance of flower beds. Flower beds can make all of the difference to your garden. In addition, they bring life and vibrancy to your garden. So what are some good flower arrangement ideas for your garden? (more…) … Continue reading
  • Little Known Garden and Landscape Design Strategies

    We have discussed ways to keep your landscape healthy, but this time we are going to discuss proper landscape design strategies that are seldom thought about. Many people have lawns with flowers and trees. For some reason, however, the landscape never seems to look as good as it could. If you want to create your dream landscape or garden, there are a few things you should think about. For examp … Continue reading
  • Potential Ice Dam Damage To Your Home

    It is fun to watch icicles form on your house. In Minneapolis, icicles forming on your roof are one thing you can count on each winter. The bigger they get, the more impressive they become. Behind that large icicle hanging from the side of your roof, there is even more ice holding the structure in place. All icicles from your roof must have strong bonds to your roof or gutters. In previous posts, … Continue reading
  • Tips for Hiring a Minneapolis Landscape Design Professional

    Current trends in landscape design do not just include a nicely mowed lawn and pretty flower beds. If you desire this, you can simply hire a lawn service to keep your lawn perfectly manicured. Today’s Minneapolis homeowners are using companies that perform professional landscape design. But what is the key to hiring a Minneapolis landscape design professional? (more…) … Continue reading