Author Archives: Garden Muse

MidWest Winters are No match for a Rain Garden’s Resilient Nature

You all know about now that we here at St. Croix Valley Landscaping are wild about our rain gardens.  From their overall appeal, beautiful colors and environmentally friendly aspects, we truly can not get enough.  Rain Gardens are a low … Continue reading

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Compost the Fallen Leaves of Autumn

The brilliant colors of fall signal the change of the season and provide spectacular views. As we watch the colors change, we also begin to dread the cleanup that we know is coming.  Raking fallen leaves out of our yards … Continue reading

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The 44th Birthday of the Wild and Scenic River’s Act: Celebrate St. Croix River

On October 2, 1968 President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  His words resonate with river conservationists to this day.   In the past 50 years, we have learned—all too slowly, I think—to prize and … Continue reading

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Fall color on the St. Croix

One of the best things about the fall season, apart from relief from the summer heat and a respite before winter’s chill sets in, is the opportunity to take in the majestic beauty of fall color! According to the Wisconsin … Continue reading

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Buckthorn Could be plaguing your Minnesota Back Yard

Have a backyard Buckthorn problem?  Throughout the Northern Midwest, we find more and more invasive Buckthorn making for drab backyard views.  In fall we want to look out on our backyards and see the fiery reds, brilliant golds and majestic … Continue reading

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Musings on Low Maintenance Landscape Design in the St. Croix Valley

Everyday we get questions like, why does your company focus on sustainability and low maintenance landscape design?  The answer is all too simple, we believe that this is the only world we have and it is our job to be … Continue reading

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Ornamental Grasses are catching on in the Midwest

Long know as the darlings of autumn, Ornamental Grasses are growing in popularity.  If you are considering a landscape redesign or are just looking to spruce up some existing plantings, check out the versatility, longevity and low maintenance draw of … Continue reading

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ABC’s of Low Maintenance Landscaping Part 2: N-Z

We know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath for our next installment of Low Maintenance yard tips for your Minnesota yard.   N: Native Plants…for low maintenance ease, you can never go wrong in selecting native plantings for your … Continue reading

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The ABC of Low Maintenance Landscaping Part 1: A-M

  A:  Always plan your design with an experienced Low Maintenance Landscape Designer Call us B: Borrow inspiration from everyday items.  Reusing and Recycling unexpected things like, tires, old pails, even milk jugs can make for some interesting planting accessories. … Continue reading

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RAGWEED is in FULL BLOOM in Wisconsin and it may have you sniffling!

Oh yes, Allergy season is in full swing in the Midwestern region of the U.S. Sneezing and drippy, red rimmed eyes are plaguing allergy sufferers all up and down the St. Croix river valley.  So what’s causing us all to … Continue reading

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