Home and Garden Tips

Prune trees during dormancy



If we get a blast of warm weather like in the past, early bud formation will be triggered. It is wise to get your pruning completed before this happens. If you prune during dormancy, less disease results, and flowering and fruiting is greatly improved. Leave the lower branches intact unless there are clearance issues. First remove all dead/diseased branches and […]

Control buckthorn in winter



If you are unfortunate to have buckthorn on your property, you probably have guessed that it is extremely invasive. The plant is in dormancy during the winter, so now is a good time to try eradication. There is no known control for this insidious weed. Birds love to pluck the berries off, and pass all those seeds (un-digested) in copious […]

Make Valentine’s Day special



 Bouquets of roses or other live plants are especially loved by the recipient at Valentine’s Day. The color of the rose signifies the type of love portrayed. If a bouquet is chosen for your special Valentine, be sure to remove the lower leaves b… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content. Username Password […]

Nine Border to Border Touring Route listening sessions to be held

NORTHERN MINNESOTA – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Parks and Trails Division, in conjunction with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association, will hold a series of listening sessi… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Deer: Friend or foe?



  Telltale signs of deer browsing are damaged trees/shrubs due to scraping, chewing, and rooting around for something to nibble on. If you can afford it, either an eight-foot enclosure or electrified fence may keep them away from treasured landsca… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Host a sports viewing party to remember

Amateur and professional athletics are both big business. According to Forbes, the Southeastern Conference, a collective of universities that includes the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia, generated $375 million in television money… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Keep your houseplants healthy



  When you stop to think about it, plants and humans need the basic necessities to stay healthy. Long Minnesota winters can be challenging to most everything alive. Houseplants really benefit from a dose of artificial light from fluorescent or LED… Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.

Considerations for healthier homes

Establishing a healthy home means different things to different people. For example, to an environmentalist, a healthy home may incorporate eco-friendly or green products. To those with young children or mobility-impaired seniors, a healthy home may … Please register for a free account or log in below to access this content.


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