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Category: Minnesota Garden Design & Plantings

10 Easy to Care for Summer Plantings

It’s almost the warmest months of the year, and vibrant, fragrant Minnesota summer flowers will soon be everywhere. However, what do you do if you aren’t known for your gardening expertise? Not everyone is born with the innate knowledge to take care of a garden. Fortunately, there are low-maintenance plants for summer that require little maintenance. And don’t worry, they aren’t succulents! These annuals and perennials will have your Minnesota garden looking summer-ready before you know it. Low-Maintenance Plants to Add to Your Garden You can get started adding greenery and color with the following suggestions that are easy to

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Save the Bees: Building A Bee-Friendly Garden

Everyone with a green thumb has heard of plants that attract butterflies to your garden and has probably planted a few of them in hopes of luring the delicately-winged guests to your garden. However, not as many people have heard of a bee garden. After one too many negative experiences with bees, people tend to avoid them  at all costs, but bees are vitally important for our ecosystem. And bees need our help. That’s why we will discuss the importance of these buzzing critters in our modern lives and how to build a garden that they will love. Why Are

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Winter Recovery Tips Your Landscaping Wants You To Know

The Twin Cities experienced near record-breaking sub-zero temperatures this February. Many homeowners are beginning to wonder if their landscaping will make a smooth transition into the spring cycle. Before we get to that, it may be useful to know that even in the coldest weather conditions plants are biologically active. Knowing this often gives everyone a better mindset to prepare for next year’s winter. Studies of root systems below the tundra-like Minnesota surfaces reveal there is still activity at the microbial level, with mycorrhiza fungi performing their biochemistry role to keep plants alive. While you may never see this activity,

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8 Outdoor Living Trends For 2021 And The Decade Ahead

  Now that 2020 is squarely in the rearview mirror, it’s time to recognize its impact on how people want to experience their outdoor environment. One certainty is that we all have a greater appreciation for it. Outdoor living transformed our lives the past year. We were advised to quarantine, to stay in our homes and away from other human beings until the risks of the pandemic were fully understood. This made stepping outdoors an experience that triggered a flood of emotions, depending upon where and how you lived. Take anything away from people and they want it more, no

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7 Plants That Will Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

If you’re a nature lover and enjoy butterflies visiting your yard, there are many flowers you can plant that will provide them with the nourishment they need along with creating a whimsical atmosphere in your front and back yards. Butterflies go through a unique series of life cycles: egg, larvae, pupa, and adult. Many butterflies have one life cycle per year, and most adults only live for two to three weeks. In their adult life, they must find a mate, reproduce, seek out food and shelter, and find nectar to fuel each of these activities. Butterfly Garden Necessities Butterflies are

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The 15 Best Plantings for a Pop of Winter Color

The cold, dark, and dreary weather of winter can take a toll on people’s mental health. One way to improve your spirits during the colder months is with colorful winter landscaping. There is a vast range of attractive plants, trees, and shrubs that look striking against the stark, snowy ground or wintry sky. Colorful winter landscaping adds value to your property and helps improve your spirits as the cold clutch of winter takes hold. 15 Winter Plantings for a Pop of Color People often associate the winter months with dull, dreary, and drab weather. While this might hold true, your

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