Four Beautiful Hardy Buckeyes For Northern Planting

Maples aren’t the only autumn color game in town. Maples can be a gamble in parts of the Upper Midwest, because they are very sensitive to soil type. In the Red River Valley, for example, the heavy clay soil makes maples a roll of the dice: sometimes thriving, other times dying. Luckily there are other…
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Preventing Vole Damage To Lawn And Landscape

What destructive creature attacks the widest range of plants around the yard and garden? No, it’s not rabbits – they’re destructive, but they don’t bother the lawn. It’s not deer either – they’re annoying to gardeners, but they rarely eat the roots of perennials, seldom chew potato tubers and don’t upset lawngrass. Slugs nibble leaves,…
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How To Tell If Your Tree Is Growing At Top Speed

Everyone who plants a new tree probably wonders how long it’ll take the young sapling to turn into a spreading shade tree. Exactly how fast can we expect trees to grow? Besides height, trees grow in canopy spread and an increased root system. How quickly they grow depends on the type of tree and whether…
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Dealing With Above-Ground Tree Roots

Tree roots are supposed to stay in the ground, right? They aren’t supposed to be surfacing up in our lawns, ridging partially out, making it difficult to mow. Well, not necessarily. A walk through the woods teaches us to be on the lookout for large horizontal surface roots of old trees, protruding enough to make…
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With Mounting Problems, Should Autumn Blaze Maples Be Planted?

There is one plant about which I’ve receive more emails and questions than any other in the past 38 years. It’s Autumn Blaze maple, and inquiries have far outpaced even questions about the best time to transplant rhubarb. The questions of course don’t address Autumn Blaze maples that are doing wonderfully. They’re about Autumn Blaze that…
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