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Category: Minnesota Garden Design & Plantings

10 Timeless Landscape Design Ideas

Landscape design is a practice that seldom follows a predictable path. This is true even for those schooled in a traditional landscape architecture program. There are principles that most adhere to, but the real magic is often uniquely personal, distilled from years of life and client experiences. There are designers with backgrounds in science, engineering, and the arts, all of them accomplished. You should take some of this to heart when working with a landscape designer. Your thoughts and ideas, when blended with others, will make it your own, and quite possibly, more than anyone could have imagined. What follows are

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Holiday Lights Planning Ideas For Festive Displays

  Home for the holidays, I believe I’ve missed each and every face, Come on and play my music, Let’s turn on every love light in the place.    This verse from Celebrate Me Home, a song by contemporary musician Kenny Loggins, captures the feelings many of us have this time of the year. As you know, all it takes is planning and preparation to get with the holiday spirit to make this time as special as you’ve long remembered it. You may wish to arrange elegant seasonal displays of fragrant boughs of green and color to enjoy on warm

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6 Smart and Stylish Shade Solutions For Your Backyard

The sunshine is a welcome addition to any day, but when you want to enjoy your backyard on a hot Minnesota afternoon, a place with good shade is a must. Each home and outdoor living space has a different style and needs, so taking the time to look at all your shading options is key to creating a beautiful and functional backyard. Once you’ve found the perfect kind of shade, spending countless hours outside will be part of your daily routine. Combine Beauty and Function Each home is unique, and your property is no different. Your backyard will need its

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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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