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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     Planted in the right conditions, yews can tolerate winter weather and provide winter interest in our landscapes.   I planted an upright yew evergreen shrub this summer. Do I need to wrap it in burlap for winter or protect it in some...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Evergreens are particularly susceptible to deicing salt damage especially when planted close to streets.   Winter weather inevitably brings slippery conditions on streets, driveways, sidewalks and parking lots. Deicing salts are used to...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Wait until January or February to prune grapevines.   As we clean up our gardens for winter, many gardeners have been asking when they can start pruning their fruit trees and shrubs. There is something satisfying about having everything...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu       A new asparagus spear emerges in spring. Photo: Annie Klodd   We are excited to announce the release of a new production guide, Growing Asparagus in Minnesota.  This publication is the culmination of a 2-year collaboration between...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     Trees can experience many stresses during the winter months including lack of water, sunscald, wildlife damage and winter injury. Young trees (one to five years old) should be watered throughout the year, until the soil freezes. ...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Barberry   Your favorite season in Minnesota may depend on what you like to hunt or forage. If you forage for morel mushrooms and ramps, spring might be your favorite season. If you are a deer or game bird hunter, then fall is important...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Blue gentian (Gentiana andrewsii) is sometimes called "closed bottle gentian" because of its unusual flower form. This native of northeastern North America, from the Dakotas to the East Coast and through eastern Canada, requires the...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Tillage provides many useful services in the garden but can contribute negatively to soil health. Intensive tillage disrupts microbial communities and breaks up the soil structure. Over time, this leads to compaction, reduced water holding...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   This has been a wonderful year for fall color in trees, shrubs and grasses. Here’s a look at five grasses that are good selections for putting on a show in your garden in the fall.   Little bluestem, Schizachyrium scoparium   The red...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Timely tip: If the early snow left you with plants standing in your gardening, it’s a good thing! These plants will provide seeds for overwintering birds and stems for stem nesting bees, and improve your winter view thanks to the plants’...

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