Chisago County Master Gardener

The Chisago County Master Gardeners have answered many questions about controlling buckthorn over the years. Land that is not cultivated and left unattended is where buckthorn takes over. Once the shrub is established it is near impossible to eliminate. This winter, more than one gardener has asked me if one can eliminate buckthorn during the [...]

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Minnesota’s harsh climate is often responsible for severe damage to plants in the landscape. Winter sun, wind and cold temperatures can bleach evergreens, damage bark, injure or kill branches, flower buds and roots. Browning or bleaching of evergreen foliage occurs in three ways. First, the winter sun and wind causes excessive transpiration (foliage water loss) [...]

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By Molly Nemec— Summer may be over, but there is still plenty of yard work to do.  Spending a crisp, sunny day in your yard is a worthy way to get exercise and vitamin D before the dark days of winter are upon us. One chore that many people forego is watering newly-planted trees.  Trees [...]

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At the Almelund Threshing Show last week we answered over hundreds of questions. It got so that every time there was a question about the Japanese beetles, we were able to predict that the gardener was from the Twin Cities or the suburbs. Every one of them told how the Japanese beetle was eating everything [...]

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by Donna Tatting Ask anybody with a lawn or garden and they will probably tell you that this year’s weeds are producing a bumper crop.   It’s a never-ending task made even harder by my being somewhat physically limited due to a recent surgery.  I’m thankful for the ones that just pop out easily when [...]

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One of the indicators that the economy is struggling is the renewed interest in indoor and outdoor furnaces.  Along with this interest come questions on using wood ashes as fertilizer.  I asked Sue Humble, our Master Gardener coordinator, to help me.  Sue sent me information from Mother Earth News, the University of Illinois and a [...]

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