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A list of best trees to plant in Minnesota Minnesota is ecologically diverse, which means, the health and life expectancy of a tree depends on the weather and soil characteristics here.  Remember, trees thrive well in their natural vegetation; some trees dwell quite well anywhere, while others fail to survive

Living Xmas Trees

Why choose a living Christmas tree? A living Christmas tree is not only an ecologically better choice for the holidays than a cut or artificial tree, it’s also more fragrant, and will live in your yard for years to come. According to The Nature Conservancy, about 10 million artificial trees are
Common buckthorn

Common Buckthorn

What is Common buckthorn? Common buckthorn and glossy buckthorn are shade and drought tolerant plants that can easily and rapidly grow in a wide range of habitats. Both species were introduced to North America as ornamental shrubs. Why are they a problem? Common and glossy buckthorn, as non-native species, are
Mulching the right way


What is mulch? Mulch is a material that is used as a protective covering for soil. Professional gardeners prefer organic mulches, which are often made up of wood chips, bark, straw, cocoa hulls, leaves, and compost mixes, as these decompose, thus improving soil structure and increasing soil fertility. Inorganic mulches,
emerald ash borer afected tree
Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire The Emerald Ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) continues to present problems for ash trees in North America. We’ve covered the facts about this pest in previous articles – please see: Emerald Ash Borer and 3 Tips to Detect Emerald Ash Borer – but we have some updates
Storm damage after a tree comes down on a house

Storm damaged trees

Dealing with storm damaged trees Cleanup following a storm can be an overwhelming task for homeowners, and so is repairing storm damaged trees. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says that knowing which trees to save and which to remove after a windstorm can impact people’s safety and the