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Bring It Home! Add Vikings Pride to Your Landscape

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Bring It Home! Add Vikings Pride to Your Landscape

  How about that Minneapolis Miracle?! Whether you’re a die-hard or a fair-weather fan, most of Minnesota is caught up in the excitement of this amazing Vikings season. If you’d like to carry that spirit through to your landscape this spring, we’ve got some ideas here to get you started. Good choices for spring color are Moonshine Yarrow and May Night Salvia. If you’d prefer your Purple Pride to bloom in late summer/early fall (in time for football season) plant Little Goldstar Black-eyed Susan and Purple Dome...

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Tips for Enjoying Wildlife this Winter

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Tips for Enjoying Wildlife this Winter

Winter in Minnesota is a great time to get outside, enjoy the weather and watch for wildlife. Next time you’re out hiking, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing, look for signs of animal tracks in the snow. State parks and nature centers are a great place to learn about animals in the area and look for tracks. White-tailed deer, red fox, coyotes, fishers and timberwolves are all common here. Check out Minnesota’s DNR website for more tips. If you’re headed up north, look for Boreal owls, usually found in St. Louis, Lake and Cook. Great gray,...

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End of Season Landscape Care Tips

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End of Season Landscape Care Tips

As temps tumble, bundle up and take a look around your yard. Are there some plants that need a little clean up? A spot where you’d still like to plant a tree? There’s still time! Here are a few fall planting and cleanup tips: Cut ’em or Leave ’em? When you see the dead foliage on your plants, you might wonder, “Do I leave that or should I cut it back?” There aren’t any hard & fast rules, but here are a few guidelines: Perennials like Coneflowers (Echinacea) and Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia)...

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Fall Bulb Planting Guide – Get Ready for Spring Now!

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Fall Bulb Planting Guide – Get Ready for Spring Now!

Fall is the ideal time to plant most bulbs in the ground, and you can look forward to cheery blooms sprouting up in the spring. Here are a few tips for planting this season: Decide where to plant. Look around your yard and landscape to decide where you’d love to see color pop up next spring. Consider the soil conditions, the amount of sun and shade, and compare it to the packaging on your bulb to ensure it’s a good spot for that particular variety. Then, check the soil. If it’s too sandy or too dense, you may need to amend it. Find out how...

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Add a Soothing Water Feature to Your Landscape Now

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Add a Soothing Water Feature to Your Landscape Now

The gentle sound of flowing water can sooth the soul, adding peace and tranquility to your landscape. Summer will soon be coming to an end, there’s still time to install and enjoy a water feature in your backyard this season. Here are a few ideas: Boulder fountains are popular now, or you can go the traditional route. Birds love them and they make a fantastic focal point in your yard. Big or small, a pond is a great way to add a water feature, too. It can stand alone or serve as a gathering pool from an adjoining stream. Add a water lily,...

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Caring for your New Landscape

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Caring for your New Landscape

Congratulations – your new landscape is installed and you’re all set to enjoy it the rest of the summer. But do you know how to care for it properly to ensure you’ll enjoy it for years to come? Here are a few tips you can follow to help your new plants, trees and shrubs thrive. Watering your Landscape the First Year (Light Soil) In general, landscapes need about 1” of water per week (rainfall + irrigation). Watering can be more of an “art” than hard & fast rules… you’ll need to consider many variables, such as: •...

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3 Outdoor Game Ideas for your Next Party!

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3 Outdoor Game Ideas for your Next Party!

Summer’s here and party season is in full swing. Whether it’s a graduation open house, birthday party or neighborhood barbecue, it’s fun to have outdoor games to entertain guests of all ages. Here are 3 of our favorites: Kubb Kubb is a fun outdoor lawn game also known as ‘Viking Chess’. The object of the game is to knock down all opposing team five Kubbs and finally topple the King, in that order, using your Batons. You can play with as many as 12 or as little as 2 people, and teams do not have to be equal...

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Fresh Produce + Outdoor Kitchen = Cooking at Its Best

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Fresh Produce + Outdoor Kitchen = Cooking at Its Best

It’s a great time to be outdoors in Minnesota. We love spending time in our garden or at a farmer’s market, and there’s nothing better than cooking with locally grown fresh produce, meat and preserves. Like many of you, we like to cook outside as often as we can. Check out this Pizza Party project we completed for a family last year – it’s a dream outdoor kitchen and a great place to entertain!     Our Bees are Here! We’re excited to start beekeeping again this year at Magnolia Farm. We replace...

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It’s a Great Time to Start Pruning!

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It’s a Great Time to Start Pruning!

It’s a great time to start pruning! You may have heard that spring is the best time to prune many trees and shrubs, but it can be confusing. When is the optimum time to prune trees? How far down the stem should I cut my hydrangea? Do I cut above or below the bud? We’re here to help! Download a complete pruning care guide here, and here are a few tips to get you started: When pruning common landscape perennials, use a hand pruner to cut them back to the ground. Cut woody shrubs down to 1″ to 2″ in height. If you notice...

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Anxious to Dig in the Dirt? Start with These 5 Indoor Plants!

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Anxious to Dig in the Dirt? Start with These 5 Indoor Plants!

Anxious to dig in the dirt? Start with these 5 indoor plants! Mr. Groundhog saw his shadow, so we technically have at least six weeks left of winter. Despite mild temperatures, it’s still hard to wait until we can dig in the dirt again. Until spring arrives, here are five great choices for indoor plants to care for: Aloe – Aloe, with its distinctive elongated leaves, is an easy to grow indoor plant. Aloe vera (a smaller version) is great to keep on a sunny kitchen window or in dish gardens. Avoid keeping in high traffic areas because of its...

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