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 gardeners want to know. Here are the basics. When to prune trees? February and March are generally considered the best time to prune trees in…

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Low-Maintenance Way to Water Your Vegetable Garden

The Twin Cities home shows — the Minnesota Home and Patio Show, which runs this weekend, and the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show, which is open Feb. 28-March 3 — are great places to pick up gardening and landscaping tips. The Northern Gardener stage was the scene of two very informative talks Thursday night in…

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Get Your Garden Ready for Winter

Oh, no! Can the garden season really be coming to a close so soon? This week, we’re having slightly warmer temperatures—and happily, some rain!—but the fall is hard upon us and now is the time to start getting your garden ready for winter. This weekend may be the perfect chance. Here’s some great advice we…

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What Your Lawn Needs This Fall

Fall is the prime time to do lawn maintenance: fertilizing, weed control, aerating, reseeding even. But what does your lawn really need this fall: Water! We recently came upon a University of Minnesota Extension press release about fall lawn maintenance. In it, extension turf grass guru Sam Bauer says: The lack of precipitation in August…

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Tips for Making Better Compost

Probably the most common advice given for improving your garden’s performance is to add compost. Compost improves soil fertility and texture. It’s packed with microorganisms that plants love and is the happy home to worms and other beneficial creatures. And, if you make it yourself, it’s free. But, many gardeners are stumped about how to…

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Garden Chores for September

As August ends and fall activities gear up, it’s easy to let the garden go a bit — to weed less, forget to pick those extra large zucchini, even neglect watering. But September is a great month to enjoy the beauty you have created and get ready for next year. Here are some chores to…

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Love Those Asters!

As August slides toward September, the heat tends to ease up and many gardens improve in appearance. Some plants will put on a second flush of bloom, annuals that faded in the heat perk up, and the fall flowers—especially asters—add rich, bright color. Because they give the garden a boost at the end of the…

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Summer Container Care

Your containers may look lovely in early summer, but what happens when the weather gets hot and the summer gets long? Sometimes the containers get bedraggled. On a garden tour not long ago, we asked the homeowner how she kept her containers fantastic all summer long. She gave three pieces of simple advice. First, she…

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Who Needs a Haircut?

By midsummer, the plants – like some of the kids – are looking scruffy. It’s time for haircuts! Many perennials and annuals benefit from trimming back or selective pruning in midsummer. Reasons for doing the pruning vary as does the severity of the haircut. Whenever you prune, make sure your scissors, hand shearers or bypass…

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