Springtime Tips to Spruce Up Your Lawn
by Kathleen Hennessy
Step outside and take a deep breath. That new season smell may have you itching to get started on yard-care tasks, but the best advice is to be patient.
One of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to lawn care to starting too early. Raking and mowing when the grass is wet can actually do more harm than good. Early in the season, when the ground is wet, the roots of your grass can easily be pulled out of the soil. So, wait until the ground dries out.
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Spring Garden Cleanup Yields Happy, Healthy Plants
by Anne Larson
As the last significant snow of the season nears, thoughts turn toward getting your ornamental gardens ready for the year. >> read article
Boost Your Curb Appeal
Does the front of your home say " welcome" or "go away?"
by Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp
Whether you are planning to sell your home or just update the look, there are a few things you can do in the landscape to boost your property’s curb appeal. >> read article
A Room With a View
Creating a garden space that is attractive and useful
by Vicki O'Neal
“Outdoor room” has become quite a buzz phrase. But what does it really mean? You won’t find it in the dictionary, because there is no true definition. An internet search, however, will bring you all sorts of interesting results. An outdoor room is really any exterior space that is furnished or outfitted around a specific function. It’s a room with a purpose and a view! >> read article
The Tall and Skinny
Gardening with columnar and fastigiate evergreens
by Les Parks
It is no secret that plants come in many shapes, sizes, and growth habits. For those of us who are fortunate enough to know the joys of gardening, we get to take advantage of this great variety when creating our own personal Eden. Two nearly identical groups of plants that are both fun to work with and practical, are columnar and fastigiate evergreens. >> read article
A Plant Collector’s Landscape Design: Three Lessons Learned
by Joseph Tychonievich
When I bought my last house, there was a half-dead rose bush, some stumps of dead arborvitaes and a lot of ugly fencing. I sold it last year after three and a half years, having created a garden in the front that I was rather pleased with. There are lots of tricks, rules and guidelines to making gardens, but here are three things that I feel helped me the most in creating this garden ... >> read article
Updating an Overgrown Landscape
by Lisa Steinkopf
As some landscapes age, they begin to look overgrown and unattractive. Many times the landscaping was done incorrectly, resulting in the need for a new landscape sooner than would have otherwise been needed ... >> read article
Lawn Care for Minnesota Landscapes
Has grass gotten a bad rap?
by Diana Rankin
Deb Brown, garden writer and retired University of Minnesota Extension horticulturist, thinks maybe so. In a newspaper article a while back, she made some very good arguments for having a yard and garden with at least some turfgrass. Here’s her thinking:
Having a lawn is less work than maintaining a small prairie in a front yard ... >> read article