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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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Winter Tips for Paver Care

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Winter Tips for Paver Care

Winter tips for paver care December is off to a snowy start and it looks like we’ll have definitely have a white Christmas! With more snow coming, you’ll want to be careful how you clear a brick paver or stone driveway or walkway to maintain it and reduce damage. Here are a few tips: Use caution when applying any de-icing chemicals and be careful to not overdo it. We recommend: Calcium based products Rock salt (sodium chloride) Avoid using magnesium-based products, as they are very aggressive and may cause damage to the surface. It’s also...

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November Planting & Clean-Up Tips

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November Planting & Clean-Up Tips

November Planting & Clean-Up Tips Although the temps seem more like September or October, it’s November in Minnesota. We know the weather can turn on a dime, so take time now to get your lawn and landscape ready for winter. Here are a few fall planting and clean-up tips: Plant Trees & Shrubs: There’s still time to plant trees and shrubs in November, because the roots can grow in soil as cold as 40 degrees. Roots will have ample time to establish because soil remains warm long after the air temperatures drop. Check out this handy...

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Celebrate Fall with Last Minute Garden Tips and Oktoberfest!

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Celebrate Fall with Last Minute Garden Tips and Oktoberfest!

Celebrate Fall with Last Minute Garden Tips and Oktoberfest! Crunchy leaves, apple pie and pumpkins abound…it must be fall in Minnesota! It’s our favorite time of year – great to check out festivals around the area AND a good time to plant perennials for next year’s landscape. Here are a few options for festivals, as well as some guidelines for fall garden care. Landscape & Garden To-do List Plant: It’s a great time to plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines, trees in containers and spring-blooming bulbs. Bulbs like lily, hyacinth and iris...

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Add a Soothing Vibe to your Backyard with a Water Feature

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Add a Soothing Vibe to your Backyard with a Water Feature

Add a Soothing Vibe to your Backyard with a Water Feature Water features are a great way to add beauty and structure to your landscape – and there’s still time to install one this season! With several options to choose from, you can find a structural element to fit your style and lot size. Here are just a few ideas: Flowing Fountains Water flowing is a soothing way to add peace and tranquility to your landscape. Boulder fountains are popular now, or you can go the traditional route. Birds love them and they make a fantastic focal point in ...

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What is a Rain Garden? And Why are they Important?

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What is a Rain Garden? And Why are they Important?

What is a Rain Garden? And Why are they Important? A Rain Garden is a shallow depression in the ground that allows water to slowly infiltrate the soil during rainstorms. Water also gathers in the garden from  rooftops, sidewals, driveways and patios. The garden serves as a natural filter to prevent pollutants from entering our lakes, rivers and streams. “I like rain gardens because they are a great solution for reducing water runoff and can easily be incorporated into the landscape design,” says Tom Hoese, owner of Magnolia Landscape &...

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Rock Your Backyard with Outdoor Speaker Systems

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Rock Your Backyard with Outdoor Speaker Systems

Rock Your Backyard with Outdoor Speaker Systems We saw an outdoor speaker system at the Northern Green Expo this winter that grabbed our attention. Essentially, it’s a high quality speaker system with a subwoofer that – get this – is buried in your yard, using the density of the soil to enhance the sound. How cool is that?! Subterrain woofers use the density of the soil to enhance sound. The subwoofer, paired with 2 or 4 speakers, gives you a great outdoor sound system easily played via any Bluetooth device. And, you can design it to direct...

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