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Landscape Career – Best Choice Ever

Written by Jacob Lichty, Intern

Landscape Career - Best Choice Ever

Growing up every kid has a dream. Mine was always to be a professional hockey player.  I carried that with me from mites through high school to juniors.  But being an Iowa hockey player was no easy task. The prices to play the sport went through the roof. As I got older, the cost to […]

Beneficial Predators for a Healthy Garden

Written by Emily Morton

Beneficial Predators for a Healthy Garden

If pests have been getting the better of your garden this growing season, there may be a handy alternative to harsh chemical treatments.  Do you have pests in your garden? Biological pest control may be the most sustainable decision as well as the most long-term solution for managing pests. Bioagents, as they are more formally […]

Show Your Love for Pollinators This Growing Season

Written by Sarah Kickert and Photography by Teresa Kickert

Show Your Love for Pollinators This Growing Season

  Many often wonder why pollinators are important in their garden. Pollinators are important because they are vital in the reproduction of flowering plants and the fruits and vegetables. So if you want large blooms, seeds, fruits, and vegetables in your garden, make it a pollinator friendly garden! For more information on Minnesota Native Bees […]

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 […]

Time Just Flew By…in the KARE 11 Backyard

How Does It Look Today?

Time Just Flew 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 […]

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 […]

The 2013 Season is About to Close

Hard to believe installation for Landscape Season 2013 is about to come to an end.  Just a few days left to finish a few projects and put others to bed for winter.  Even though project installation has just a few more days, everyone at Southview Design continues to work through the winter months on designs. […]

It’s That Time….Again

Put the Gardens to Bed

It's That Time....Again

A touch of winter weather this past week has put an end to our summer/early fall gardens.  Sad to see the short season end but it’s time to put our gardens to bed and tools in the shed. Every year, we get questions about taking care of new plants and trees.  Should I wrap my […]