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Common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) is a restricted noxious weed in Minnesota. It was brought to Minnesota as a hedge plant and decorative shrub. It escaped and is now found in nearly every Minnesota county, including Anoka....Read More
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It’s garden clean up time and that includes harvesting and drying onions before storing. My crop this year did not meet my expectations regarding the size of the bulbs. Most of them are small: almost shallot sized of a couple of inches or less in diameter. This led me to think about onions and ana...Read More
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If you are considering adding hydrangeas to your landscape, this is a great time of year to see them in full bloom. From mid-July through the end of August, hydrangea flowers transform from bright white or cream to shades of pink, blue, burgundy and lime green. Almost in every neighborhood, you will...Read More
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We know of Bambi, the cute deer in the woods. But when Bambi and her descendants attack our gardens, they are not quite so cute. We would prefer that they eat elsewhere. We can plant deer-resistant plants. Many plants on such lists are eaten when deer are hungry enough. One year, deer ate the leave...Read More
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“What can I spray it with?” That question often pops up when gardeners first see a pest or disease problem. As Master Gardeners we promote the concept of integrated pest management, hoping you will not get to the point of asking that question. The basic concept is that prevention is better than ...Read More
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A flowering crab apple is one of the most beautiful trees in the spring, and comes in many different habits, heights and leaf, bud, and flower colors. The fragrance of apple blossoms is a sure sign of spring. The blossoms also provide necessary food for bees. It can serve as a pollinator for other a...Read More
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Thinking spring often means thinking about a lush spring lawn. Here are some tips for getting the typical Anoka County lawn off to a good start. But temper your enthusiasm. Don’t work on your lawn while it is wet or you’ll do more damage than good....Read More
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A rain garden can capture rain that would otherwise flow down your lawn and driveway into streets and storm sewers, and use it to make your property more beautiful. It does this if it is located where rain can be directed into it, built so that it can temporarily hold the water (a rain garden is n...Read More
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