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Outdoor Living Under the Deck

Don't Waste the Space!

Outdoor Living Under the Deck

When dreaming of outdoor living spaces you would like to see in your back yard, why not take advantage of the most overlooked space? Under the deck. The majority of homeowners think it’s good for nothing more than storing yard/garden tools, children’s toys, or overwintering patio furniture. If there is enough headroom, why not create […]

Spring List of Chores – What to do Now

And, more importantly, what NOT to do

Spring List of Chores - What to do Now

Fall-planted bulbs are already pushing up through the mulch, golf courses are opening and the temperatures have been well above normal. With spring threatening to come early, Minnesotans are ready, even anxious, to tackle yard chores. But wait! “It’s too early to do much of anything in the yard”, says Isaac Loynachan, one of Southview’s […]

Fall Gardening Tips

Plus What You Should Do to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Fall Gardening Tips

The beauty and bounty that is Fall.  There is plenty of color left but there are a few chores to be completed before the cold and snow of winter sets in.  Southview Design Landscape Architect, Tom Kerby, shares what he does every year in his garden in an article for Lavender Magazine. Take a moment […]

Backyard Games: How About a Game of Chess?

Or Maybe Checkers??

Backyard Games:  How About a Game of Chess?

Did you think backyard games meant the standard basketball or football?  What if you were looking for games anyone could play at any age?  How about chess or checkers?  That’s just what a Woodbury, Mn family was hoping for.  With six grandsons (between the ages of 7 to 17) and all of them interested in […]

Time Just Flew By…in the KARE 11 Backyard

How Does It Look Today?

Time Just Flew By...in the KARE 11 Backyard

Hard to believe it’s been a year since the landscape renovation of the KARE 11 Backyard was completed and the reveal was broadcast on the evening news.  In recognition of the 1-year anniversary of the Backyard, KARE 11 put together a video – a fast-forward look through the seasons in the backyard: The First Year in […]

We Should be Watering

Plants, Trees, and Lawns

We Should be Watering

Here in Minnesota, we are in a moderate drought.  After winter, most people hope for the blue sky, sunny days during the spring.  But at this point, we should be hoping for some rain….a gentle, soaking rain.  The kind that lasts the whole day, maybe two or three days. Until the rains come, here are […]

A Long-blooming Perennial for any Minnesota Garden

Happy Little Yellow Flowers

A Long-blooming Perennial for any Minnesota Garden

This perennial is one to seriously consider for your Minnesota gardens.  What’s not to like?!  Coreopsis ‘Zagreb’ has the unfortunate common name of Tickseed but it is a beautiful plant that will bloom from June to September with a little deadheading along the way.  Zagreb and all of the other cultivars of Coreopsis have a […]

Edible Gardens Making a Comeback

Put vegetables and herbs in your existing landscape

Edible Gardens Making a Comeback

When you shop for flowers, consider buying a few edibles. It’s not necessary to designate a spot in your yard for a vegetable garden.  You can easily incorporate edibles into your yard, gardens, or containers. Why put edibles in your landscape?  Three good reasons top the list: Vegetables straight out of the garden just taste […]

Garden Whimsy – Fun for All Ages

Fairies, and Gnomes, and Elves - Oh My!

Garden Whimsy – Fun for All Ages

There is something enchanting about the miniature-sized fairy gardens. Haven’t seen one? Look closely in your neighbor’s garden. Mystical, magical, and unexpected, these tiny gardens stir up our imaginations. Don’t believe in fairies? Tinkerbelle would be disappointed. But these gardens can also harbor elves, gnomes, and leprechauns. The idea of a fairy garden goes back […]

Bees in the Environment and Insecticides

How You Can Help Our Small Garden Creatures

Bees in the Environment and Insecticides

Bees, Wasps, Butterflies, Moths. These tiny creatures are essential to our well-being. They pollinate fruits, nuts, vegetables, alfalfa, and even spices by feeding on the plants’ nectar and pollen. There is a lot to know about bees. There are more than 300 species of native bees in Minnesota! Virtually all bee species are non-aggressive, if […]

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