Category Archives: Trees and shrus

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Crabapple Season

This past week seemed to be crabapple season in Minnesota. All of a sudden — as happens most year — the crabapple trees, aka, flowering crabs, burst into bloom. Pinks,…

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Plant Shopping for Mother

Mother’s Day weekend is the traditional start of the plant shopping season. While this weekend’s weather may be unsettled, it won’t be cold. (And, we can all be grateful for…

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It’s Not Too Late to Plant Trees

While it looks like much of Minnesota may experience frost later this week (and that’s later than normal), it’s not too late to plant trees, shrubs, even perennials. In fact,…

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Why We Appreciate Chartreuse Plants

The gloomy spring that seems to finally be behind us really drove home why it’s important to plant trees, shrubs and perennials with foliage that is something other than plain…

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Update on Emerald Ash Borer in Minnesota

During the Minneapolis Spring Home and Garden Show, I stopped by a table with information about Emerald Ash Borer and other invasive and potentially invasive insects. The Minnesota Department of…

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When to Prune Trees (and Why)?

Pruning is one of those gardening topics that has an air of mystery about it. When to prune trees? Why do you prune trees? How do you prune trees? Curious…

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Christmas Tree Care Tips

If you enjoy a fresh evergreen in your home for the holiday season, there are a few things you can do to keep your tree beautiful longer. According to the…

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How Big? Planting the Right Size Shrubs

It’s happened to many gardeners and homeowners. You plant a trio of cute little shrubs in front of your house. Three years later, you’re hacking your way through the brush…