Apollo Sugar Maple


Sugar Maple trees have long been considered the king of shade trees due to  their lovely shape, excellent fall color, versatility in many different soil types, very strong wood / branching and production of sap used to make maple syrup.  Apollo Sugar Maple offers the same great features in a more compact size that is a better fit for modest sized areas in the landscape.

Apollo Sugar Maple has a fantastic mix of yellow, orange and red fall color and matures to a height of about 30 feet tall and width of only ten feet!  Standard sugar maples grow to 50′-60′ tall and 40′-50′ wide by comparison.

As with all sugar maple varieties, plant Apollo Sugar Maple in properly drained soil.  Avoid wet spots as well as sandy soils.  Apollo Sugar Maple can grow nicely in as little as 1/4 day of direct sun, as well as sunnier areas, and even full sun all day long!

The Apollo Sugar Maples are in their full glory right now, with a lovely mix of yellow, gold, orange and red.  Stop in and see for yourself how very nice Apollo Sugar Maple can be for those smaller areas in your landscape!

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NEW! Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planters

Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planter with Fall Accents Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planter with Red Bow

Transform your entrance, porch, patio or deck this year with Knecht’s Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planters. A locally grown, fragrant assortment of spruce, pine and cedar are cut fresh and arranged around a living fir tree. We can add seasonal touches, like dried hydrangea, a showy bow or twinkle lights to customize and coordinate with your decor.  We urge you to reserve yours today, quantities are limited. We can arrange to have them delivered locally or to be picked up at the nursery anytime in November.

Live Evergreen & Fresh Bough Planters with red bow and twinkle lights.

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Huge Fall Sale

ALL the trees, shrubs and perennials at Knech’ts Nurseries are now on sale priced at 20% to 50% off.  Big savings are available on all of the thousands of trees, shrubs and perennials that Knecht’s has in stock and ready for fall planting projects.

Refresh the look of your landscape and enjoy discounts of 20% off to 50% off this fall on the hundreds of varieties still available at the  nine acres of plant heaven that is Knecht’s Nurseries!  Stop in no while inventories and choices are still excellent!

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Tips to Keep Spruce Trees Healthy & Beautiful

Blue Spruce

1 – Choose a sunny location to plant spruce trees.

2 – Choose a location that has well-drained soil.  Avoid areas where the soil is often soggy and poorly drained.

3 – Windy areas are good spots for spruce trees.  Areas wit

h restricted air movement are a poor choice.

4 – When planting spruce trees (and all other trees) plant so that the top of the root ball is even with the surrounding soil.  Avoid planting too deep!  See our handy planting guide.

5 – DO NOT over-water.  Spruce trees hate wet feet.  Small measured amounts of water applied often are better than super saturating the planting area.  Again, we provide a handy watering guide.

6 – Once or twice a year, spray your trees with a three part mix that will prevent damage to your spruce trees from fungus, mites, and insects.  It’s really easy to apply and takes only a few minutes.  The best time to apply this mixture is in mid-June when the new growth is soft and supple.

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October Perennial Care and Maintenance

Heuchera or Coral Bells

As we move further into fall, overnight frosts and freezes send our perennials to bed. But there is still much that can be done to prepare our garden beds and borders for their winter rest. As perennial foliage is affected by hard frosts or freezes you can, in most cases, cut it back. The benefit to cutting back your garden in fall, is that you will be all set and ready to “grow” when spring finally does return to us. Getting your perennials all tucked in for winter with some fresh mulch will make all the difference in your spring work load out in the garden. There are a few exceptions to fall cut back that we should mention… Semi-evergreen and evergreen perennials such as, heuchera or coral bells, heucherella, helleborus or lenton rose, ajuga, ground cover sedums, and creeping phlox are popular examples of perennials that should NOT be cut back before spring has melted winter away.  Any damage that these plants have sustained over winter can be carefully pruned out.

Miscanthus Flame Grass

Ornamental grasses are another perennial that should be left standing for winter. Cut back your grasses in spring once our snows have melted. This prevents moisture from getting down into the crown of the grass clump, where repeated freezing and thawing could do serious damage.

Groundcover Sedum fall color with October frost.

That said there is no shame in putting off cutting back your perennials until spring. Leaving the dead foliage on the plants can help protect their root systems by catching leaves and fall debris. This is especially true of new perennials that aren’t fully established yet. If you do decide to wait until spring remember to get out there early to cut back. You don’t want your perennials new growth to be damaged. Whenever you cut back your perennials, keep in mind that diseased perennial foliage should be disposed of entirely and your pruner should be cleaned with a quick swish in some rubbing alcohol to avoid spreading disease from one plant to the next.

Creeping Phlox fall color with October frosts!

October is the time to get a few spring blooming bulbs in the ground. It’s the best time to dig and divide your peony clumps. Make sure you aren’t replanting your divided peonies too deeply. Two inches is ideal. Cool season crops like carrots, brussels sprouts, and squash can handle a few frosts but should be harvested before they are damaged by a hard freeze.

Leptinella Platt’s Black covered with October frost!

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Bold, beautiful contemporary farmhouse

Vivus Architecture + Design - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 11:28am

This new home, built on a working farm, added fresh, bright colors to transform an open floor plan and to give liveliness to the rooms in constant use.

The fireplace wall, above, separates the kitchen and the living room. Since stone to the vaulted ceiling would seem too massive, a bright green color was chosen to cover the area above the mantle. The mantle was custom fit from a salvaged barn beam. Like the green? Try Benjamin Moore’s “dill pickle.”

The daily mudroom entry also houses a shower–to rinse off daily work dirt–and the laundry machines. Visible from the kitchen, the orange color provides a sunny hue and a strong contrast against the white woodwork. Marmoleum flooring withstands the wear and tear of a well-used area and hides the farm dust and lint from the laundry machines. Benjamin Moore’s “Adobe dust” is a nice, terra cotta-type orange.

The neutral warm gray walls provide a backdrop for cabinets, tile and floors

With all the color in view of the main living area, a neutral, warmer gray was chosen for the great room. The neutral color allows the white woodwork and cabinetry to stand out, but allows the glass tile, wood floor and furniture to look grounded without being too much of a contrast. “Abalone” by Benjamin Moore is a good, warm gray.

The master bath has a fun, unexpected shower floor. For people who make their living from the land, a nice connection to the earth was formed by using real stones for the shower floor. Subway tile and a glass shower door make it more contemporary. A custom seat was formed inside the shower to provide a place to sit.

“Farmhouse” can mean many things in the world of design, and this real working farm house doesn’t compromise style for daily functionality.

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Growing the Business

Just Food Co-op - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 11:45am

The produce department at Just Food is one of the fastest growing, best performing co-op produce departments in the United States.  Not only does Just Food have an amazing produce manager, Val Critser, who sources some of the most beautiful product, farmers who supply us with high quality produce, but we have a community that supports the department with their shopping dollars. Defying the trend seen nationally, our produce department continues to post strong sales increases compared to previous years. In order to support this growth, and to continue serving the needs of our members, the Co-op has decided to expand the present footprint of the department.

The current configuration does not allow for lingering around the displays to carefully select the best item. Rather it forces you down a narrow “chute” and makes members feel hurried by the flow of traffic behind them. By expanding the area, traffic flow will be more natural, there will be space to take your time as you peruse the displays, allowing those behind you to pass by and continue shopping, more room to highlight the incredible local produce we are privileged to sell, and improved display fixtures that will make restocking easier for our employees.

Where will we find the room for this?

As one department shows an increase in sales, another department shows a decrease and that is our bulk department. Just Food mirrors the national trend in bulk and is showing a drastic decrease in sales. Of course we support the bulk business and would not consider eliminating it from the Co-op, but we must allocate the selling space we have to the departments our members shop the most. Bulk is still an important part of our business and we want to help this department reach its potential.  The department will undergo a facelift of sorts. The current bulk dispensers are 5 gallon bins and we will move to a smaller profile 3.3 gallon bin. These smaller bins are more aligned with the size other co-ops use and will ensure product is fresher since it will be rotated more often. This facelift will include new, easier to read labels for the bulk bins with nutrition information, local and organic identifiers prominently featured on the labels. Some items will be discontinued. We studied sales figures for a full year in order to determine which items needed to make their exit. An bulk item that was also available in the packaged grocery section was likely discontinued over a similar selling alternative not available elsewhere in the store. Once our bulk offerings are condensed, and one side of the department is empty, we will move the international aisle over to the vacated space.

This fresh new look is in direct response to owner feedback, is aligned with our Ends of supporting our local foodshed, and supports the sales trends we are seeing in our store (even though it conflicts with some of the information we are hearing about nationwide trends). The planning process for this began about 7 months ago with careful analysis of the data, and has been developed from idea to reality in partnership across several departments in the Co-op.  Retail Manager Sherri Meyers says “From finance, to grocery to produce, to pricing – everyone has taken a role in making sure we deliver on our promise to our members. This project is a huge step towards our expansion goals and will position us to capitalize on a department with great sales growth. Our members are going to love the new look and we are excited to deliver it!”

Currently, some items are being reduced for quick sale and some shelves may have empty spaces. This is intentional. We are clearing the way! The fixtures have been ordered and we anticipate their arrival the first week of November. We will update you when we have a firm date for the debut of our new and improved produce department. Until then, know that when we make changes, they are made to better serve our members and to support our Ends.

This change will help us sell more good food, create more good jobs and do more good in the community.

Written by Sherri Meyers, Retail Manager

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What’s Doing the Blooming? Little Goblin Winterberry

The extra large red berries of Little Goblin Winterberry are brilliant right now! This hardy, native holly has a compact habit of only 3-5′ tall and wide, making it an excellent selection for home gardens, foundation plantings and landscape borders.

Little Goblin Winterberry

The showy fruit is produced in abundance each fall and persists into winter, making winterberry a favored food source for some of our native birds. Be sure to cut a few branches for yourself to enjoy indoors. Their cut stems will last for weeks, providing lots of color in seasonal decorating. Winterberry grows in moist soils and full sun to part shade. A male pollinator, like Mr. Poppins, is necessary for the female plants to produce all that fantastic fruit.

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Protecting Valuable New Trees


Tree Trunk Protector

There is a very inexpensive way to protect the tender bark of newly planted trees. For trees, their bark is just like important arteries and veins in the human body. Both are absolutely vital to have in good shape to supply the nutrients and fluids needed by the leaves, and branches in trees, and by muscles, and vital organs in humans.

Tree Trunk Protector

Damage to bark reduces the vitality of the tree, and limits growths and longevity. White plastic tree guards are the best way we have found to protect the bark of young trees during their first five to seven years in your landscape. The white plastic tree guards cost from $3.00 to $6.00 each and are reusable for three to five years, so the cost of protection per year is very modest.

Tree wrap (Bald Cypress Tree)

The most common causes of damage to tree bark are mice and rabbits eating bark, people carelessly banging into thee bark with weed whips and mower decks, white tail deer bucks rubbing their antlers on the trunk, and sunlight bouncing off snow banks in the winter. The white plastic tree guards protect against all these types of damage in the first five plus years, until the tree bark gets thicker, and the tree trunk gets thick enough that it is unlikely to be a target of antler rubbing.

We have three styles of white plastic tree guards available. Avoid using black drain tile, as it causes problems due to extreme temperature fluctuation.

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What’s doing the blooming? Autumn Revolution Bittersweet!

Autumn Revolution Bittersweet
Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries

Generally, when I share what’s doing the blooming each week, it’s a plant that is blooming! However this week, I’m featuring a plant that has never been known for it’s bloom.  Rather, it’s known for it’s most spectacular fall fruit! Bittersweet is a native, woody vine that grows quietly along fences, over arbors and up trellises. Its’ bright green, glossy summer foliage doesn’t attract attention. Then, fall arrives, and with it the glossy green leaves become bright yellow fall foliage and vivid orange “berries” appear. The orange outer shells pop open, revealing the swollen red fruit inside, making this inconspicuous vine a wall flower no more!

Autumn Revolution Bittersweet
Photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries

At Knecht’s you will find a revolutionary variety of bittersweet appropriately named, Autumn Revolution. These plants have revolutionized bittersweet with the unique ability to produce fruit without having both a male and female plant. Not only are they self-fruitful, their fruit is almost twice as big as the fruit found on our more wild, native varieties of bittersweet. Autumn Revolution Bittersweet can reach as far as 15-20′, making it a great choice for larger scale structures and for covering fences. Once established, these plants are drought tolerant. The vines and fruit are well suited to fresh cut and dried arrangements.  It is a fantastic fall favorite!

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4 Steps To Improve Your Facebook Game

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Fri, 09/02/2016 - 2:44pm

Business owners are oftentimes too overloaded to get their daily work done, much less put in extra hours for their online marketing. While Facebook can be overwhelming for non-experts, it doesn’t have to be. Start with these baby steps towards creating a great Facebook business page.

Get Verified

Verification lends authenticity to your page, and helps ensure followers find the correct representation of your brand. Verification is a pretty simple process, so get it done now!

Learn how to verify your Facebook page here.

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Check Your Insights

Your insights are an invaluable tool for improving your Facebook page. The best part? You don’t even have to leave Facebook! If you have delved into Facebook insights before, remember that you should check them weekly to note how posts are performing, how your demographic is changing, etc.

If you have never used Facebook insights, take it one measurement at a time. For example, you can focus just on your page demographics. Learn exactly how this measurement functions and what it means for your page, then check it regularly for a week or two. Once you get the hang of it, move on to another measurement!

Learn how to read your Facebook insights here.

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Update Your Page Information

Your page info includes everything from your address to your hours. Ensure your page information is up-to-date to provide the best experience to your customers.

Learn how to add basic information to your Facebook page here.

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Add A Call To Action

Capture visitors to your Facebook page the same way you would if they visited your website. A clear, simple call to action is an easy tool for directing customer behavior.

Learn how to add a call to action to your Facebook page here.

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Hastings Estate Sale -April 15 & 16

Kuhlman Auctions - Wed, 04/06/2016 - 7:49am

We will be conducting an estate sale for the Carol Glade estate on April 15 & 16 in Hastings.  The sale will run from 9:00AM to 4:00PM both days.  Numbers will be given out starting at 8:00AM.  The address for the sale is 1141 Zweber Lane in Hastings.  There is an exceptional collection of fine furniture, glassware, primitives, rugs, clocks, artwork, and antique lighting.  Please come and see us at the sale.

Marble topped mirrored buffet, Walnut bed & dresser w/round (Knapp) dovetails, double oak china cabinet,Victorian loveseat & upholstered chairs, oak fireplace mantle, spinning wheel, Amish quilt, bracket lamp, double kerosene angle lamp, hanging kerosene lamp, GWTW style lamps,  spinning wheel, loveseat, carved shelves, vintage metal purses, Terry Redlin artwork, inlaid table, Windsor type chair, fancy lamp table, wicker buggies, Dionne Quints picture, Miss America butter dish, vintage pictures, handpainted plates, pressed & cut glass, wall clocks, mustache cup and shaving mug collection, primitives, antique wedding dress, rugs, lots of décor, collection of Seraphim Classics angels, tools, household, yard & garden, 17′ redwood canoe,  beer can collection, and lots more.
View full details and see more pictures at EstateSales.NET: https://www.EstateSales.NET/MN/Hastings/55033/1146588

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Grand Event Center - Wed, 04/27/2011 - 10:50am

It’s Northfield’s Annual Girls Nite Out…Friday, May 6th.  After an evening of shopping and dining join us at The Grand for entertainment by The G.N.O. Dancers and live music by Sweet Stache.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at The Rare Pair, Sisters Ugly, Fine Threads, Anna’s Closet,  Rooms by Tagg 2 or the Eclectic Goat.  For more info  call 507-645-2376.

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