Mulch refreshing

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Is your mulch starting to look a little faded or washed out?  Are a lot of weeds starting to pop up? Then it might be time to get that mulch refreshed! Mulch refreshing is a simple way to give your yard a brand new look. You’d be surprised how big a difference mulch makes – take a look at these Before and Afters: Before:           After:   Before: After: Before: After: Your first step should be…

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Free Gardening Consult with Peterson Lawn Services!

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Schedule your FREE gardening consult now with Peterson Lawn Services in Hopkins, MN. Peterson Lawn is happy to announce that we are offering landscape and gardening services again in 2014 and we are excited to see what projects this year brings! Now that things are finally starting to warm up it’s time to start thinking about your yard. We only have a few months of real summer in Minnesota, after all, and so we need to make the most of…

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Herb Gardening For Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth: Miscellaneous Herbs

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Looking to kick your cooking up a notch?  Fresh herbs can make a big difference in any recipe and you can grow many of them in your own backyard!  Whether you keep a separate herb garden or scatter them throughout your garden; the bright colors, strong scents, and intense flavors will appeal to all your senses. Miscellaneous Herbs: These herbs originate from Northern Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  As a result, their growing needs are similarly diverse. Cilantro Similar in…

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Herb Gardening For Your Eyes, Nose, and Mouth – Mediterranean Herbs

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Looking to kick your cooking up a notch?  Fresh herbs can make a big difference in any recipe and you can grow many of them in your own backyard!  Whether you keep a separate herb garden or scatter them throughout your garden; the bright colors, strong scents, and intense flavors will appeal to all your senses.  Mediterranean Herbs: Used in savory dishes, these herbs originate in a hot, dry climate and do poorly in overly moist soils. Depending on your…

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More Houseplants, More Problems : Tips for a healthy indoor garden

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While the temperatures outside are currently sub-zero in Minneapolis and the weather is dark and gloomy, many gardeners turn their attention indoors. But growing plants inside presents a whole new set of challenges and many of us end up throwing out a soggy, stinking mess well before spring. The first thing to consider is providing a healthy environment for your plants.  Today we will go over a houseplant’s basic needs: light & temperature. Light & Temperature: If you bought a houseplant from…

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Bring the Beauty of Your Garden Inside!

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Why spend money on store-bought bouquets?   If you’ve already invested in your garden then you have plenty of beautiful materials available to make your own floral arrangements! Rules of Thumb: As far as I’m concerned there isn’t a wrong way to make a bouquet so long as you like it.  Even a simple mass of color can make a spectacular display! However, a few rules of thumb can help you design an arrangement that may be more pleasing to the…

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For all types of garden projects, Peterson Lawn has you covered

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As the air turns cooler and your yard is getting prepped for the long winter, you may already be making some mental plans for next year’s yard projects. For a little bit of inspiration, here are some “before” and “after” photos from a few simple projects we did this season that had a big visual impact. Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of mulch and a few new plants to give your yard a whole new look. At…

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Dethatching: What is it and is it necessary?

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Thatch is a layer of dead plant material that forms over time in your lawn.  A certain amount of thatch is healthy because it helps add organic matter to the soil over time.  However, sometimes the thatch doesn’t break down quickly enough and it can keep water and air from reaching the soil.  A thick layer of thatch can also harbor problematic fungi or attract lawn pests. If you notice that your lawn doesn’t look healthy take a closer look…

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Aeration: What does it do and when should I do it?

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Over time a lawn’s soil tends to get hard and compacted.  This makes it hard for the grass roots to push their way through the soil.  Roots also need oxygen just like we do – a healthy lawn soil has plenty of air pockets for roots to breath.  Those air pockets also allow water to move deeply into the soil.  A highly compacted soil will shed more water than it absorbs – all that sprinkler water just running into storm…

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