GREENHOUSE VIEWS

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It’s Time To Plant A Tree

Along with all the flowering shrubs, roses, perennials and annuals you will find at our Nursery, we are also one of the largest suppliers of shade and ornamental trees in Southwestern Minnesota.  We have over 50 different varieties to choose from and many are available in more than one size to meet any budget.  If you are looking for quick shade, we stock some types up to 12 feet tall.  If you are looking for just a splash of color, we stock many ornamental varieties including 7 different varieties of flowering crab alone.  Stop in and browse our wide selection. We’re confident you’ll find what you are looking for.

Think Spring!!!!

If you are interested in getting some advice on plantings for your yard, now is a great time to give us a call.  I know it seems far away, but spring will be here before we know it, and with that comes the busiest part of our year.  We have four landscape designers who will give you the help you need to get a jumpstart this season.  We can give you help with anything from picking a tree for your yard to giving you a design for a complete landscape.

Summer is for Planting

Spring is no longer the one and only time for planting. Our landscape crews plant all summer long and so can you. Because of the care we give our plants, they will look better as the season goes on. Stop by and see for yourself. With container grown plants, there is really no transplant shock and the warm days of summer are just what plants need to get them rooted in well. Roses in particular are in full flower and they are gorgeous.

Are you seeing deer damage this winter?

We have had numerous reports of deer damage on plants this winter. I’m posting in the hopes that I can cover some of the questions we are asked.

Most leafy types of plants will recover completely from deer browsing, but this is somewhat dependent on the plants age and it’s vigor.  If your plants are 25 years old, they may not come back as well as a 5 year old plant. Give them time to leaf out in the spring and judge them at that point before deciding to replace. If they are leafing out well, many types of plants will look great by midsummer. A chosen few that are slower growing, such as Burningbush, may taken more than one year to get to original size.

Evergreens that are browsed, typically arborvitae and sometimes yews, may or may not come back. Both types of plants are able to developed new growth points even if all the green growth has been chewed off. This recovery is also dependent on age and vigor. Evergreens take longer to recover, so expect a couple of years before they will be looking their best. If the plant happens to be right at an entrance to the house, and you are looking at it every day, this might be a plant to just go ahead and replace.  Spruce and Pine which are browsed will not typically form new growth on a stem that has had all it’s green growth and buds removed. If your plants are small and all the green growth is gone, now is the time to replace them.  Larger trees with just a few lower branches browsed should recover over time.

If you have any other questions regarding a particular plant, please give us a call and we can help.

Fruits for Minnesota

We stock a wide range of fruit trees and small fruit plants at our nursery.

Apple varieties we stock are Fireside, Haralson, Honeycrisp, Honeygold, Red Regent, State Fair, Wealthy and Zestar.

Pear varieties are Luscious and Summercrisp

Plum varieties are Alderman and Toka

We also stock two apricot varieties, a cherry variety called Northstar and a peach variety called Contender.

Small fruits include Grapes- 3 varieties, Raspberries-5 varieties, Blueberries, Strawberries, rhubarb, currants, honeyberries and gooseberries.

We also stock asparagus roots.

Our experienced staff will be happy to guide you in the process of picking varieties that are best suited for you. And as always, we are only a phone call away if you have any questions on any of the varieties or if you need help with trimming, spraying and general care of any of the plants we stock.

Winter is for planning

With all the snow on the ground, it certainly looks like we are a long way from spring. Now is a great time to think about the landscape project you want to do next spring. We have three designers who can trudge through the snowbanks and come up with a plan for you well ahead of the spring thaw. Having a plan done now will also give you time to consider multiple options rather than making a quick decision in spring. Give us a call or an email and we will contact you in the coming weeks to stop by and draw up a landscape design for your home.

Discovery Elm

Elms have become more popular in recent years with the development of many excellent selections. None of the new varieties on the market will succumb to Dutch Elm Disease.

We carry several varieties of Elm but we especially  like the form and fast growth rate of the Discovery Elm. Below is a description

Discovery Elm

  • Height: 35-40′
  • Spread: 35-40′
  • Shape: Upright, vase-shaped
  • Foliage: Green
  • Fall Foliage: Yellow
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Zone: 3-7

This terrific new cultivar was developed by Rick Durand of Manitoba, Canada.

Highly resistant to Dutch elm disease, it exhibits good cold hardiness and excellent vase-shaped form. Also resistant to elm leaf beetles, it’s clean looking through the entire growing season.

Winterburn injury on evergreens

Winter injury on evergreens can occur in any given winter but in particular it will show up when the previous fall was dry and the subsequent winter is open. Because of our conditions this past winter, we suspect there will be some cases of winterburn this spring.

Dehydration of the needles will cause them to lose their green color. More often than not, the plants will recover from this injury and begin to put on new growth the following spring.  We recommend that you don’t prune off the brown growth until new growth has started.  Bud tissue is the last thing to succumb to winter damage. You will commonly see new fresh growth appearing on the ends of the branches. Over time, this will cover up the brown areas and the plant will completely recover.

Watering as soon as you can in the spring is always recommended. Because the injury is not typically related to nutrients, fertilizing is not usually necessary.

Photos courtesy of Purdue Extension Office.