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Trees & Shrubs

Trees & Shrubs

A Tree for All Seasons: Serviceberry (Amelanchier spp)

For the smaller yard, a smaller tree can be just the right touch. A forty-foot oak might be a bit overpowering, but a so-called “understory tree” can be the perfect landscaping accent to make the house appear to be a welcoming homestead. One excellent candidate is the native Serviceberry.

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American Smoketree - An American Beauty

This month, MG Jim Lakin continues his series on smaller understory native trees with an article on the American Smoketree. This beautiful specimen can be pruned to be a small tree or large bush. It features stunning “smoke-like” clusters of flowers from which its name is derived. Read Jim’s article to learn more about this stunning specimen tree for your yard.

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Best Time to Prune Trees

Although trees are quite resilient and may be pruned anytime, there are both practical as well as biological reasons to prune or not prune during certain times of the year.

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Black Chokeberry: Showy but Well-Behaved

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Buckthorn Removal

Ah yes, the dreaded B word … Buckthorn! This noxious invasive species threatens
residential, woodland areas, waters and grassland areas. Unfortunately, buckthorn
is a multi-year commitment as the seeds in the soil can germinate for many years.
So, you ask, what kind of treatment plan should you use? Read on for tips to use in removing this invasive plant.

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Buttonbush (Queen of the Wetlands)

Buttonbush is a great shrub for naturalizing in wet areas and attracts butterflies. Read more about its attributes.

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Fruit Tree Pruning Advice I Could Have Used 30 Years Ago

Are you afraid to prune your fruit trees? Are you confused about when and where to cut branches? Master Gardener Sally McNamara learned some lessons the hard way about pruning fruit trees. She is happy to share the wisdom she has gathered over the years so you don’t have to make the same mistakes. Learn about how to protect your trees and prune them properly to keep them healthy and help you harvest the fruit easier.

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Holiday Trees

Tis the season. If your holiday decorating includes a fresh cut tree, here are some things to consider before selecting your tree and some tips to ensure it lasts throughout the season.

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How Trees Talk to One Another

Have you ever walked in the woods and thought there was someone there, someone talking? Well, if you have, you were right. It was the trees talking to one another.

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How to Choose Just the Right Tree

Trees can add so much character to the landscape of your yard. But it’s important to choose a tree that meets your goals. After all, a tree you plant now may last a lifetime. When deciding to add a tree to your landscape there are many things to consider. This article will help you get started on what you need to research.

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How to Identify Minnesota Native Conifers

The garden beds are tucked in under an abundant blanket of snow. The wardrobes of the deciduous trees are a distant memory after their yearly fashion show. But for some of us, one of the most beautiful sights this time of year, is the star of the season’s show: the coniferous tree. Most conifers stay green throughout the winter but they are not all the same.

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Lilacs

It’s getting exciting out there! Spring has sprung, the snow has melted, and the rain is bringing us much needed moisture to help our lawns green up and our plants to bloom. One of the most anticipated early blooming shrubs are the fragrant lilacs which come in colors from white to pink to lavender. This article will tell you what you need to know about planting, pruning and some common lilac diseases.

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