Warm summer weather finally has arrived which means it’s time to mulch our gardens.
Summer mulch, which can range from well-rotted compost to a wide variety of other plant materials, is said to be the gardener’s best friend. We agree.
A garden staple in cold-winter regions, lilacs are best known for their flamboyant and typically fragrant flower clusters. And just when you thought we were done with the lilacs for another season, there is another on the scene — the Japanese tree lilac.
Trees are not only a good way to improve the environment, but they also add beauty to our yards. Unlike other plantings, shade trees are a long-term investment, one that could continue for half a century or longer. So, we must choose wisely.
This spring, interest in tree planting is even greater than normal as we face another possible disaster — the loss of our ash trees to the emerald ash borer.
Even Steve Sagaser, Grand Forks County extension horticulturist, has been surprised by the interest in home gardening this year. Maybe it’s a sign of the economy. Or, it could be the times. In any event, growing your own vegetables is one of the hottest trends in gardening in 2009.
If you are in hurry to see fabulous tulips in bloom, there are several sites in Iowa and Michigan that host tulip festivals. These events draw thousands who come not only to see the flowers, but to enjoy Dutch heritage, including cuisine, crafts and parades. Several years ago, the Prairie Gardener took a bus tour to western Michigan to take in the Tulip Time Festival in Holland, Mich., near Grand Rapids.
A well-maintained lawn is the basic element of an attractive home landscape.
Such a lawn can be yours with minimal effort. Unlike many woody and herbaceous plants, grass is very unforgiving. Early spring is a perfect time to begin work on that perfect lawn, which will be the envy of your neighbors.
The annual Macy’s-Bachman’s flower show will be on view April 5-19 in downtown Minneapolis. It’s moving from the first floor, its home the past two years, to the eighth floor auditorium in the historic Macy’s downtown store.
Once known as the Dayton’s-Bachman’s flower show, this event is one we gardeners marked on our calendars each spring. The show, which dates back several decades, is a perfect remedy for the winter blahs, especially as March begins today.
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