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, deep maroons, whites — the colors exploded on city boulevards, a clear signal that winter has truly retreated and summer cannot be far off. Crabapple…

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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 that!) That means eager shoppers will be out selecting hanging baskets, pansies, petunias and other annuals to give as gifts to mom or just to…

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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, many landscapers recommend fall planting. There are several good reasons to plant in the fall. Ka-ching! First, you will get a deal on plants. Many…

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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 green, preferably something bright. Over the long series of gray days (weeks?) we’ve noticed the value of those plants with yellow to chartreuse foliage. Against…

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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 Agriculture had lots of information about the borer, but here are three top things to remember about EAB. 1) Watch for woodpeckers. There’s a long…

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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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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 Minnesota Christmas Tree Association, several types of trees are grown here, including firs, pines and spruce trees. Tree care basically involves preventing the tree from…

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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 to get to the door. What happened? Nothing. You’re shrubs just grew to their intended size, and like children that go from pint-sized to six-footers…

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