7 Tips For Dividing Your Wonderful Water Lilies

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 4:30:00 pm

Spring is a great time to divide hardy water lilies. We recently divided the water lilies in the pond behind the Lucius Ball home here at Minnetrista. If you have a hardy water lily at your home, here are some things to keep in mind when dividing or planting.

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Brown Needles on Your Evergreen? It could be winter injury

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm


After average winters, it can be common for evergreens to show what is generally referred to as “winter injury” in late winter or spring. As you might expect after a winter like we’ve had, it can be even more widespread. You might be noticing this now in your own yard and at Minnetrista I’ve noticed it, too. 

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DIY Project: Self-watering Planters from Reused Materials

Posted by: Elaine Deichmeister on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 1:00:00 pm

Are you ready for spring? Jump start the season with this do-it-yourself gardening idea.  This project uses reused soda bottles and household materials to create beautiful, self-watering planters. They are economical, decorative, eco-friendly, and fun to make! 

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Fake a Topiary!

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00:00 pm

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Topiaries are great pieces of living garden art that can add form and structure to your garden. You might think topiaries are only made by clipping shrubs into various shapes. While that is one way to make a topiary, you can also fake one by training a vine, like English ivy, to grow on a frame. It’s easier, quicker, and more affordable. 

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Quick Tips for Selecting a Tree Contractor

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm


A common question I get from readers, especially after writing about trees, is if I can recommend a tree professional. I don’t mind telling people whom Minnetrista uses, but I like to  first mention some important tips that should be considered when choosing a tree contractor. Check them out below!  

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The British are Coppicing, and You Can Too

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


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


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


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


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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