Author Archives: Garden Muse

Drought 2012 Encourages Water Conservation in Western Wisconsin

While not yet on the scale of the Great Depression era dust bowl, the summer drought in the United States is wreaking havoc on the Midwest.  From increases in dairy prices to the devastation of Western Wisconsin corn crops, 2012’s … Continue reading

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Cooling Off In the St.Croix River Valley

Wow! The 90+ humid temperatures sure make some of us Northern Mid-westerners nostalgic for winter.  Well, maybe not winter, but we would like to find some fun way to cool off.  So how do we survive the summer heat and … Continue reading

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Get Rid of Japanese Beetles Safely

Japanese Beetles have arrived early in Minnesota and Wisconsin and are in full pursuit of taking over some people’s plants. Here’s a short video on how to identify them. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=resources&id=8737655 Our landscape designers at St. Croix Valley Landscaping have noticed … Continue reading

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Meadow Plantings to Replace that Traditional Lawn

Are you looking for a more low maintenance and environmentally friendly way to spruce up your landscape?  Think about trading in your traditional lawn for native grasses or ornamental plantings.  John Greenlee, an advocate of replacing traditional lawns with native … Continue reading

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Low Maintenance Design In Eastern Minnesota: A Feminine Touch

Talk to Germaine Ross on any given day of the week and you will literally feel the passion she has for low maintenance, eco-friendly landscape design.  “There is something about how rain gardens, native plantings and edible landscapes work together … Continue reading

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Strawberries and an Eastern Minnesota Summer: Perfect Picnic Combinations

What better way to spend a summer morning than picking a few items from your garden for a fresh summer picnic?  What’s in bloom right now in our Eastern Minnesota landscapes?  Berries of all sorts are popping up all over … Continue reading

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Where have all the Bees Gone and why should we care?

Sitting outdoors one afternoon, I notice a lonely bee buzzing around my marigolds.  Landing then zooming away to bother the birds bathing in my birdbath, then it makes a beeline (pun intended) straight for my glass of iced tea.  As … Continue reading

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Refreshing Water Flavors Straight from your Edible Garden

So much more than water!  We are so excited to share some refreshing ways to use those edibles you have growing in your landscapes.  One really simple and completely eco-friendly way to use all those aronia, blueberries or raspberries you … Continue reading

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Celebrating Fathers and “Manly” Outdoor Activties

It is Father’s Day this month, so  we’re talking outdoor activities!  “manly” kind! What updates can be done to your property that your husband would really enjoy? Our expert Osceola landscape designers  have collected a few ideas to get your … Continue reading

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Beyond Herbs: Edibles in your landscape design

Ever since we shared the blogs with you regarding container gardening, I have been thinking about edibles for the garden.  Some of the questions that are running around my mind are:  Why should we plant edibles in our gardens?  How … Continue reading

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