shade garden

Simple ideas for brightening your shade garden

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When the summer heats up it’s time to retreat to the shade! But so many homeowners I speak to find their own shade gardens to be dark, depressing and boring. Try these easy tips below to transform your garden into a cool, colorful oasis! 1. Choose a bright mulch This one is simple: your mulch is the background for your garden and the one constant color you’ll see throughout the seasons so try choosing one with lighter coloring: The natural…

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rain day

Rain day reminders

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We’ve sure been getting plenty of rain in Minnesota this spring! In fact, this is the wettest start to the year since 1871!  According to Fox 9 news we’ve had 19.73 inches of rainfall in the past 80 days – that’s two thirds of what we normally get in an entire year. While all this rain is great news for our lawns and gardens, it sure does put a crimp in our mowing schedule and in any plans you may have…

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green-grass

How to get greener grass

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“How can I make my lawn greener?” This question comes up a lot during my FREE garden consultations over the summer. More often than not a lawn is suffering from a couple of problems: low nutrients, compaction, thick thatch, weeds, and drought. There are two main routes to deal with the low nutrients and weeds: One would be to start a fertilizer and weed spray regimen. You can call our office to get a price on our fertilizer and weed spray…

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Tip #4 For a tidy garden: Deadheading!

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Deadheading This just means that you periodically go through your garden and remove old blooms well as sick, damaged, or dead plant material.  Deadheading can help your plants flower longer or rebloom later in the season.  It can also help keep any plant diseases from spreading if you remove dead or damaged material. Deadheading can be done with your hands or with a small hand pruner.  If you have a disease problem in your garden make sure your gloves are…

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Weeding

Tip #3 For a tidy garden: Weeding!

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Weeding Everyone’s favorite task! What’s that? No one likes weeding? Well, all the more reason to pay attention to Tidy Garden Tip #1: Mulch. In life, however, weeds will happen even if we take preventative steps, so here a few tricks for making the joyous task of weeding a little bit easier. #1 Know your weeds! Not all weeds are created equal – some are crooks and others are super villains. If you don’t have time for a thorough weeding at…

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4 Easy Maintenance Tips for a Beautiful Container Garden

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So you’ve chosen your container and put in your plants – now you can sit back and enjoy, right? Well, yes and no.  After putting in all that initial time, effort, and money you don’t want to lose any plants through neglect. Here are few simple things you can do to make sure your pots are looking their best all season long. 1. Watering! Containers will dry out much faster than your in-ground gardens so you’ll need to make sure…

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edging

Tip #2 for a tidy garden: Clean Edging!

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Clean Edging Make sure your garden has a clean, orderly edge.  This doesn’t necessarily mean installing plastic or metal edging or putting down patio bricks or blocks. A simple edge can be made with a flat bladed shovel.  Dig a small trench about 3-4 inches deep and and inch or two across.  Then bring in your mulch and let it fill in on the garden side. A curving edge is often more pleasing to the eye.  I like to lay…

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Felco Pruner

What to prune, how to prune and when to prune: Some basic tips

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Deciding what to prune and when to do it can be confusing.  Here are a few basic tips that can help. WHEN to prune: Typically, if a shrub blooms in the early spring it means that the blooms grow off of old wood.  This means that if you prune it in late fall, winter, or early spring you will be cutting off all the buds that will growing into blooms.  You’ll need to prune these plants after they finish blooming…

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Container Gardening: Dos and DON’Ts

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Containers are a fun and easy way to try your hand at gardening.  There are no hard and fast rules for successful container gardening so feel free to take a few risks and experiment. That being said, here a few tips and suggestions that may help steer you away from problems: 1. Use annuals!  There are two major divisions in garden plants: annuals and perennials.  Annuals can only be used for one year (meaning they will die in our Minnesota…

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mulch

Tip #1 for a tidy garden!

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TIP #1 : Mulch Refreshing This one is first on my list because I think it is one of the most important and useful maintenance methods. It’s best to refresh your mulch every year but if you lay down a thick layer of 2-3 inches you can often do it every 2-3 years.  The new mulch will look fresh and clean and the older mulch will break down to add more organic matter to your soil. Mulch also serves several important, practical…

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