A Plant Collector’s Landscape Design: Three Lessons Learned
by Joseph Tychonievich

When I bought my last house, there was a half-dead rose bush, some stumps of dead arborvitaes and a lot of ugly fencing. I sold it last year after three and a half years, having created a garden in the front that I was rather pleased with. There are lots of tricks, rules and guidelines to making gardens, but here are three things that I feel helped me the most in creating this garden ...   >> read article
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Updating an Overgrown Landscape
by Lisa Steinkopf

As some landscapes age, they begin to look overgrown and unattractive. Many times the landscaping was done incorrectly, resulting in the need for a new landscape sooner than would have otherwise been needed ...   >> read article
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Lawn Care for Minnesota Landscapes
Has grass gotten a bad rap?
by Diana Rankin

Deb Brown, garden writer and retired University of Minnesota Extension horticulturist, thinks maybe so. In a newspaper article a while back, she made some very good arguments for having a yard and garden with at least some turfgrass. Here’s her thinking:

Having a lawn is less work than maintaining a small prairie in a front yard ...   >> read article
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Street Trees are Money Trees
by Patsy Bell Hobson

Neighborhood street trees increase property value, save energy and help with storm water retention. They also create shady, walkable sidewalks ...   >> read article
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Topiary Gardens
by Denise Schreiber

Ultimately, gardening is the act of ‘controlling’ plants and shaping the landscape to our own designs. Topiary takes ‘gardening’ to a higher level. Topiary, the art of training live plants to grow into a myriad of shapes and forms by clipping foliage and branches has been practiced since Roman times. The word itself comes from the word topiarius, a description of an ornamental landscape gardener or the creator of topia ...   >> read article
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Create a Faux Rock Garden on a Hillside or Berm
by Scott Beuerlein

Steeply sloped areas don’t have to be ‘trouble spots.’ Hillsides can be turned into gorgeous rock gardens. Here are some tips.   >> read article
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