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Shrubs for Shade?

Posted by on June 23rd 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Lauri, I few deciduous shrubs come to mind. Hedge Cotoneaster Wentworth Viburnum (would eventually get larger than 6′, but could be trimmed back) Aronia, Chokeberry    

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Ornamental backyard fun

Posted by on June 23rd 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Mo, Well, the competition for water may make for a quite a challenge in getting the new tree established.  If you have a half day light you can grow a smaller stature crabapple tree or we like to suggest the snowball viburnum tree for its adaptability to low light. If you are interested in making a go of it, be sure to amend your soil quite well with a…

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Dying Elijah Blue Fescue

Posted by on June 17th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi B., Seldom do grasses die from over watering.  In fact we have a rule here to water our grasses two to three times a day to keep them going in their nursery containers.  Same goes for the spruce, more water.  5 minutes of water four times a day doesn’t seem like enough.  Plants would benefit from one soaking from supplemental irrigation that lasted a full hour (at least!!).  And…

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Perennial for walkway

Posted by on June 7th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Jenny, Here are a couple of thoughts for your sunny walkway: Missouri Evening Primrose, Ozark Sundrop Oenothera missouriensis Salvia ‘Marcus’ Elijah Blue Fescue, Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ Sedum cauticola ‘Lidakense’ Campanula ‘Blue Clips’ or ‘White Clips’  

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Indoor Herb Garden

Posted by on June 7th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Sarah, Gardening herbs indoors can be a huge challenge as there isn’t ample sunlight or airflow to maintain healthy herbs, especially Rosemary.  My advice would be to remove the rosemary entirely and try cutting back the other herbs.  Make sure to let the soil dry out to the touch between waterings and put the container in as much sunlight as possible. Herbs that grow well in  indoor conditions are…

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Stopping Thistle

Posted by on June 7th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Roberta, Landscape fabric or thick layers of newspaper under the new topdress of mulch can help suppress the thistle.  Some harsher week killer may be an option too.  Round UP makes a brush and poison ivy version of their popular weed killer, it’s in a yellow capped bottle and is powerful!

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Hedge Options

Posted by on June 7th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Cynthia, An answer to the hedge question can be a simple as a Hedge Cotoneaster or Privet Hedge.  But interesting hedge?  Consider a row of variegated Weigela or even a Dwarf Korean Lilac Hedge.

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Grub treatment timing

Posted by on June 7th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Christine, From what I’ve read, the Milky Spore powder will be most effective when applied in April-May.  However, the neat thing about the product is that if you apply a little later or earlier, the spores still live and  your efforts are not lost for subsequent seasons.  Even cooler, when the  grub digests the spore, the grub will die immediately but those spores will decompose the larva and continue…

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Prevent Japanese Beetles- here's how!

Posted by on May 1st 2012 in blog

Did you have a problem with Japanese Beetles last growing season?  NOW IS THE TIME OF YEAR TO GET RID OF THEM BEFORE THEY EMERGE!  The Japanese Beetle grub is at the surface of our grass and garden soil right now feeding on roots.  However, before applying an insecticide for grubs, make sure you have a large infestation. Look for areas of brown turf and search in adjacent green areas…

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Cherry Star Calibrachoa

Posted by on April 22nd 2012 in blog

Super Bells Cherry Star! The coolest annual I’ve seen so far this year is this little beauty.  Available in limited quantities for this season, it’s sure to be an absolute hit.

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St. Patrick's Day Plants!

Posted by on March 12th 2012 in News

Just a few of our favorite things: Blooming indoor Helleborus, Purple Oxalis, Iron Cross Oxalis, and Electric Gerbera Daisies.  

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2011 Season's End

Posted by on December 21st 2011 in blog

The Sunnyside gang would like to thank you all for another wonderful year.  As we prepare to close down for the season we are already excited for the 2012 season – anticipating another great gardening year with some tantalizing new ideas.  Happy Holidays!  We look forward to seeing you come March.

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Ice Lanterns

Posted by on December 9th 2011 in blog

Globe ice lanterns are all the rage in Minneapolis thanks to Jennifer Hedberg and her now famous installations around town.  Local businesses in proximity to us in the Linden Hills neighborhood have embraced the winter light displays for the warming, wonderful feeling they exhibit on chilly winter nights. After making several here at the store we’ve concluded that ice lantern creation is really fun and suitable for folks of all…

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Hosta splitting

Posted by on September 25th 2011 in Ask the Expert

Hi Connie, Hosta splitting can go on any time, either spring or fall.  Hostas are really quite hardy plants and can tolerate the splitting as long as you are sure to water.  Even this late in the season it’s possible to damage your plants by not watering, especially a transplant or replant will require a little extra care giving on the part of you, the gardener.  So go ahead and…

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Posted by on September 21st 2011 in blog

The new bags are here!  Aspen, Co inspired designs made from recycled yoga mats and colorful fabrics.  Made to last and with a great story to boot! The Fall Line                            

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Powdery Mildew

Posted by on August 15th 2011 in Ask the Expert

Hi Melissa, The mildew on your peony plants is ugly, but rest assured,  isn’t going to do too much damage.  I would recommend spraying with a fungicide and fertilizing with a liquid fertilizer.   By fall you will want to cut back the peonies and discard the leaves away from your compost pile as they are covered in spores (a spray of fungicide now will help to kill those spores, but…

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Japanese Beetles

Posted by on July 29th 2011 in Ask the Expert

Hi Amanda, I have a grape vine at home too and every year I choose not to treat the beetles.  Every year I have a pretty poor fruit yield, but a yield non the less, and the leaves usually become absolutely destroyed.  If I were to treat the Beetles I’d try to treat the grubs in the soil first and let the current round of adults die off.  If you…

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