Fall is a great time to plant. The cooler weather lessens transplant shock and makes it easier to keep up with watering. With cooler weather and shorter days, plants start focusing on sending energy into their root systems to prepare for dormancy, which is great for getting new plantings settled. Fall planting is … Continue Reading ››
There’s no question that planting a tree is a special thing. Trees are planted in celebration of life’s milestones, to welcome new family members, and in memory of loved ones. We intuitively recognize the symbolic significance of trees with their long lives and steadfast presence in our landscapes. Beyond the symbolic importance, planting … Continue Reading ››
This year’s spring was a long, cold affair. The grey skies and cold rains had gardeners poised right on the edge of madness. We weren’t the only ones in a frustrating holding pattern. Our plants patiently waited for signs that it was safe to emerge from their winter slumber. And boy did we … Continue Reading ››
Have you noticed strange spots, bumps, or lumps on your tree’s leaves? If so, it could be leaf gall.
It sounds extreme, but gall is nothing to panic about. While it is unsightly, seasonal gall shouldn't negatively impact the health of an otherwise vigorous tree and does not require treatment.
Leaf gall is caused by … Continue Reading ››
Signs of spring are all around us. The birds are chirping, crocus are popping, and Minnesotans are wearing shorts. Unusually early spring weather, pandemic blues, and the usual itch to get outside after a cold winter has us all wondering what we can do in our spring garden. Have patience, dear gardeners! It’s … Continue Reading ››