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Spring Clean-up – More Than a Pretty Space

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My annual quandary is when to get my hands back into the garden.  If done too early, there’s the risk of a hard frost injuring young shoots.   It’s a lot easier to clean before the plants have grown, getting in the way of one’s rake and pruners.  No doubt about it, though:  spring  is here!  Everything is greening and time for cleaning. Spring cleaning about more than esthetics, though.  Cleaning the dead debris helps warm the ground and allows plants to…

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Understanding weeds through ecology

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Weeds are my specialty, and I see them a little differently from the average gardener because of my background in ecology.  I’ve done research on them, written about them, and pulled millions of them.  Today I’ll share some of that with you. And, I wanted to make sure to mention that we have a garden staff who can come to your home and help you, too. Peterson Lawn wants to be an educational resource for you as well as being a company you can hire…

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How to choose and care for evergreens in Minnesota

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It’s always a nice reminder that despite the cold Minnesota weather, there is plenty of plant life just waiting to burst forth come spring.  Besides being such a reminder, evergreens also provide interesting structural and foliar contrast in the garden year-round.  There are enough varieties of evergreen that the landscape uses are endless, including groundcover, hedge, focal specimen, accent plant and shade tree.  They range in height from a few inches to over 50 feet.  They can be golden, blue, reddish, and of course…

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What you need to know about dividing perennial plants

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Dividing perennial plants is an excellent, inexpensive way to plant more of your favorites or trade with other gardeners for new and different plants.  Other times a plant simply outgrows its space, and some actually benefit from division and replanting every few years.  If you notice that your hostas are starting to die back in the middle, or your irises aren’t blooming like they used to, try giving them a boost through division. Many perennials form either expanding clumps with increasing numbers of stems,…

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Six practical gardening tips for successfully transplanting perennials

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Transplanting perennials is pretty straightforward if you get a few key things right – in theory, anyway.  Sometimes, no matter what you do, a plant just won’t like being moved.  Hopefully, though, the suggestions below will improve your chances of success. Do your research.  Some perennials simply don’t like to be moved.  It’s not that they can’t, but it needs to be done carefully, and sometimes the risk is just too great.  Plants with deep taproots, for example, can be…

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Landscaping for curb appeal

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While it is impossible to quantify what kind of return on investment a particular property will get, there is little doubt that when it comes to selling your home, curb appeal matters.  If nothing else, a well-presented surrounding will encourage prospective home buyers to follow up. They might simply look out the window and keep driving if the land appears to be boring or poorly maintained. THE MINIMUM INVESTMENT Preparing a home for sale can be hard on the budget, but making…

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Garden plants gone wild! Buckthorn and other nature invaders.

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Like many other plants throughout the world that have cost millions of dollars in damage and control, buckthorn was originally an ornamental. In some places, it can still be found as a nicely trimmed and maintained hedge plant. Unfortunately, buckthorn is not alone:  many other ornamentals have escaped people’s gardens to wreak havoc on the environment, and many more are awaiting their chance.  Just because a plant has been around for years doesn’t mean it won’t become a problem in the future, since there is…

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Introducing Kristi, our 2016 garden blogger!

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Greetings fellow gardeners! As your faithful blogger this season, I thought I’d introduce myself. I’ve always had gardens myself, but that apparently wasn’t enough!  I began working on my family’s gardens, neighbors’ gardens, worked for companies, had my own clients…gradually developing my knowledge and expertise along the way. Another passion is science.  After getting a Bachelor’s in biology from Amherst College, I went to Rutgers University, where I got a Master’s in ecology and evolution.  My research was on the effects of an…

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Welcome to the 2016 Lawn Season!

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Weekly lawn mowing has officially started and if you are anything like us you are rejoicing over the change of seasons. If this warmer weather has got you thinking about all of your landscaping plans for the season, but you aren’t sure which project to tackle first, our service list may be able to help point you in the right direction. Have you ever wondered which services happen during which month? For example, when is the best time to trim…

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All about mulch-less gardening

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Let there be no misunderstanding here:  Mulch is wonderful!  Organic mulches help keep the soil cool and moisture, add nutrients and organic matter, deter weed growth and add esthetic value.  However, in some cases a wonderful garden, or an area of a larger garden, can be perfectly healthy, happy and beautiful without ever seeing a bit of mulch.  The key is filling space with greenery that is able to outcompete weeds. Rock Gardens Stones can be artfully arranged to provide…

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