Gardens

The British are Coppicing, and You Can Too

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:00:00 pm

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Coppicing, pollarding, pleach, fedge, and cordon. All of these are strange and intriguing botanical terms that I’ve encountered on the Royal Horticultural Society’s website. What do they mean? Well, I’ll leave it to you to look up the last four. I’m just going to tell you about the first—coppicing.

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If a tree fails, is there a reason?

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7:00:00 pm

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One thing I’ve often heard from people in the past when talking about tree failure is, “that tree or branch just up and fell.” I wouldn’t go as far as saying it is a pet peeve, but this thinking does bother me a bit as it shows a lack of understanding of trees and how they should be thought about in the landscape. Trees do have inherent risk. They are dynamic, sometimes very large living plants that have to deal with all of nature’s forces, but this doesn’t mean that they die and fall one day out of the blue. There is always more to it.

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Attract Monarchs with Milkweed

Posted by: Clair Burt on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:30:00 pm

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Flowers aren’t the only beautiful things you can find in a garden. There are lots of beautiful insects too. Many of which are attracted by flowering plants.

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What the heck is in my tree?

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 4:40:00 pm

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Have you noticed any webs that seem to be swallowing leaves and branches in trees lately? Well, I have, and so have many of my friends. What we are all seeing are fall web worms.

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Six Lessons from the Culinary Herb Garden

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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Summer Watering Tips: Getting to the Root of the Problem

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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For your own garden at home, keep the following tips in mind to help take some of the guess work out of watering plants correctly.

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Four Types of Ferns You Can Add To Your Garden

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Did you know that some types of ferns can be red, purple, or even copper in color? Or that some ferns spread rapidly, some gradually, and some don’t spread at all?

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Caution: Some plants to avoid buying for your home garden

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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It’s time to stop by your favorite garden retailers to pick up some plants for your summer garden. Before doing so, here are some plants you should avoid or at least use with caution. 

Garden Update: April Flowers in Oakhurst

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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Oakhurst is my favorite spot to enjoy spring flowers here at Minnetrista. There are lots of different flowering plants that provide beauty throughout the whole season. The first acts of the spring show—winter aconite and snowdrops—are already fading, with Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) and Glory of the Snow (Chinodoxa luciliae) coming on next...

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Garden Update: Minnetrista in March

Posted by: Cassie Banning on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 9:00:00 am

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March is a busy month.  Apple trees are getting their annual maintenance pruning, branches are being cut for a project on the riverbank, and early spring flowers are blooming!

This is the time of year when the Minnetrista gardeners get out on ladders and cut off all of the flexible, tall upright growth that grew last year on the apple trees. None of this growth will produce fruit and will only shade the branches that will produce apples this coming fall. The Minnetrista gardeners and I try to get this work done every year before the leaves start to grow, and you should too if you have apple trees at home...

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