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Posted by on September 17th 2012 in Ask the Expert

The preferred time to spray for crabgrass in MN is from May to Mid-August, when the plants are actively growing.  April is the best time to apply a crabgrass granular Pre-Emergent. Crabgrass thrives when temperatures are hot and cool-season lawn grasses are least competitive. Still, they have a tough time invading a healthy lawn, so now would be the best time to apply a fall fertilizer to boost the health…

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Ornamental grass that works in shade?

Posted by on August 25th 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Sarah, There is one zone 4 perennial grass that does well in shade, the Hakonechloa, Japanese forest grass.  A cascading golden grass, 18″ long whose texture and color  will brighten any shady perennial garden. You’re right, ornamental grasses and shade don’t mix all that well, the result being poor coloration, floppy stature and ultimately death to the plant.

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The DIY Landscaper, Part IV

Posted by on August 9th 2012 in blog, News

This week let’s talk about Massing Plants! Massing plants provide color, texture and bloom in numbers! Massing plants could be shrubs or perennials. For shrubs, hydrangeas are the most popular plant at Sunnyside Gardens. Hydrangeas come in white, green, pink, blue and even purple!  For perennial flowers, Coreopsis is a favorite for our landscape designers. Bright yellow flowers that require little or no dead-heading,  and bloom all summer! Other great…

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The DIY Landscaper, Part I

Posted by on July 28th 2012 in blog, News

Late summer and fall are the best times to do your perennial planting. Not to mention, with cooler temperatures it makes getting that landscape project done more enjoyable! Our staff and landscape designers have teamed up to provide you with ideas, elements and tips to guide you to landscaping success! The very first thing you want to take a look at in your yard is what kind of sun or…

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Name That Plant

Posted by on June 23rd 2012 in Ask the Expert

Hi Sharon, Well, it could really be called the ‘Candy Corn Plant’! Candy Corn Plant (Cuphea micropetala)   Or there is a succulent in the store called a lipstick plant or goldfish plant that also comes to mind. Nematanthus wettsteinii

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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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