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The Right Tool For The Right Job

Planting and caring for trees and shrubs is one the best things you can do for the environment. Trees are critical tools in nature’s control of water and air pollution. They cast shade on hot sidewalks and reduce heat and air conditioning needs in homes and offices. Trees and shrubs provide food for pollinating insects, birds and people while beautifying the views ...

>> read “The Right Tool For The Right Job”       #Advice   #Feature   #Pruning
False Cypress
Chamaecyparis

Say “cama-sip-a-ris.” Yes, this is a mouthful — and an evergreen conifer whose name is worth stumbling over. Every landscape would be more beautiful year-round for having several types of false cypress — from 6-inch alpines to 3-foot dwarfs to medium- and large-size trees.

>> read “False Cypress”       #Hot Plants
Bedtime for Roses

Not all roses need winter protection, but for those that do, here’s how to prepare them for a long winter nap.

Summer is just a memory now for gardeners as they clean and stow their tools and look forward to the holidays. But before you get sidetracked, have you thought about putting your roses to bed for the winter ...

>> read “Bedtime for Roses”    
Small Spring-Flowering Trees

This is the time of year when you notice all the blooming trees — they just seem to pop out of the landscape. Maybe it is time you added one or two (or all of them!) to your garden.

>> read “Small Spring-Flowering Trees”    
Plan Your Cutting Garden Now

I used to consider my cutting garden a luxury. I think of it as a necessity now, as it has contributed so much to my quality of life. Reveling in my new ability to fill vases throughout my home, I assemble arrangements of blooms coordinated specifically to work with the colors in my interiors. It is wonderfully satisfying to bring fresh bouquets to friends, neighbors and my children’s teachers and coaches ...

>> read “Plan Your Cutting Garden Now”    
Damaged Trees

Storms, wind, cold temperatures, the freeze-thaw cycle — all of these can injure trees and shrubs. What’s a gardener to do ...

>> read “Damaged Trees”    
Blessed Are the Aggressive, For They Shall Inherit the Garden

Ideally, good, aggressive garden plants are tough, spread nicely and can be controlled easily by pulling, cultivation or herbicides. The thicker and taller they are, the better they suppress weeds. But what exactly are ‘good’ aggressive plants ...

>> read “Blessed Are the Aggressive, For They Shall Inherit the Garden”    
The Importance of Pollination

There are many organisms involved in the process of pollination: wasps, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, ants, bats and other mammals, including humans. If there were no pollinators, there would be no gardens. Here are some fascinating facts about pollination ...

>> read “The Importance of Pollination”    
Create a Focal Point in a Day

Gardening is usually an exercise in patience. Everything takes time. But here are a few ways to get instant gratification by creating some ‘pop’ in the landscape with new focal points. We gardeners revel in a pastime that is all about the long game. We are used to waiting and the sport truly does reward us for our patience ...

>> read “Create a Focal Point in a Day”    
Tool Time
The Best Tools for the Vegetable Gardener

What tools are the ‘must haves’ for the serious gardener? Which tools might make good holiday gifts? Here are a few recommendations.

>> read “Tool Time”    
Ivy Leaved Cyclamen
Cyclamen hederifolium

Cyclamen hederifolium’s growth is the exact opposite of everything else in your garden. It wakes up and blooms in the fall, then the leaves come up and look amazing until next summer ...

>> read “Ivy Leaved Cyclamen”       #Hot Plants
Seven-Son Flower
Heptacodium miconioides

Heptacodium miconioides or seven-son flower is new to most Minnesota gardeners. Sometimes called a crapemyrtle for the north, it is a large shrub with attractive peeling bark and late-summer blooms. When freezing temperatures evade our region until late fall, bright red calyxes develop, which offer further interest. Heptacodium is adaptable, but it prefers a sunny location and well-drained, neutral or acid soil.

>> read “Seven-Son Flower”       #Hot Plants
 
 
 

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