Gift Ideas – a Knecht’s Gift Certificate

Knecht’s Gift Certificate

A great gift idea for that gardener on your shopping list is a Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping Gift Certificate.  Available in any amount, they do not expire and can help fuel the imagination all winter long.

We have these available during winter office hours, or leave us a voice mail or send an e-mail and we will get back to you and get the certificate out to you – or mail it to the recipient on your behalf.

Whether you use a Knecht’s Gift Certificate for holiday gift giving, a housewarming present, wedding present, for a memorial tree, birthday present or whatever your gift may be – it is a gift that will keep growing and will be remembered year after year!

Give us a call today!

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Late Season Tasks

With winter arriving several weeks ahead of schedule, we scurried here at the nursery to protect all of our plant material and related winterizing tasks.  Thanks to our great staff – we were able to get everything taken care of!

At home, this weekend we completed the last couple of necessary gardening tasks.  We have many hydrangeas – both tree form and shrubs.  We pruned them to remove all of the spent flower blossoms.   We wait until this late because up until just a couple of weeks ago, the flowers were still providing great fall color and landscape interest.  We prune them off to protect the stems and/or branches.  We learned the hard way – where several years ago, we thought it was so pretty with the late autumn hoar frost and ice crystals hanging to the blossoms that the weight of this “beauty” soon took out the central branch of our large hydrangea tree.  We were heartsick.  It took about three years before other branches grew enough to fill in the void losing that main branch made.  Now the tree looks great – but we are religious now in our pruning of the hydrangeas in the fall.

Hibiscus – cut down and before muilching All tucked in for winter

The other fall ritual is the protecting of any new – first year – perennials or sensitive perennials.  I planted five new garden phlox this year and the new Color Flash Astilbe.   I wait until we have a couple of inches of frost in the ground, and then I apply a 3″ layer of mulch around the perennial and over the top.  My perennial hibiscus which is in it’s second year, got pruned down and covered as well.  This is a definitely hardy plant because it made it through the winter of 2013-14.

One of the main reasons for mulching perennials after a couple of inches of frost is in the ground, is that it keeps the perennial cold and helps prevent the frost heaving when the weather warms and cools down again.

I take one of our empty nursery pots and fill them with mulch and gently shake it down around the plants.   In the early spring, I simply take my hand and brush it away and it blends in with the mulch that is already on the perennial garden.  This took me no more than ten minutes on Sunday afternoon and I am sure that come next season, they’ll again brighten my garden.

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Storage Solution Remodels

Northfield Construction Company - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 6:46pm

Are you tired of your closets overflowing? Storing essential home items in cramped spaces? Could you use a little extra storage in your home? These great ideas will inspire you to come up with creative solutions to your storage problem. Which one is your favorite? Comment below! Add a Built in Storage Units Remodeling your […]

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Helping Habitat for Humanity

Vivus Architecture + Design - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 2:55pm

These kids will get their own homes this year through Habitat for Humanity

It is my honor and privilege to serve on the board for Rice County Habitat for Humanity, our local chapter. Through the work and generosity of many volunteers and donors, the organization has been able to build four new homes in our county this year.

Four new homes is a wonderful accomplishment in itself, but what is underlying is far more important. Four houses equals four homes for four families. Families that will be put on firmer ground for future financial success and stability. The children that live in these four houses now have a place to call their own, and the comfort that it will be theirs for the long haul. Communities also benefit from stable families in many ways.

Part of the mission statement for Habitat for Humanity is that it, “Brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.” What a great mission!

If you would like more information on what Habitat does, how you can volunteer, donate, or get involved in another way, check out the web page or call the office (507-744-2933) for more information. I would be happy to share my experiences too.

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How Often Should You Post on Social Media?

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 7:30pm
One of the most frequently asked questions we answer is: How often...
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Congratulations Burnsville Autumn Skate Fest Competitors

Northfield Skating School - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:04am

On Sunday, November 2nd, four Northfield Skating School skaters competed at the annual Autumn Skate Fest competition in Burnsville, MN. All skaters earned gold or silver medals! Congratulations to Milly Reese (Freeskate 4 – 1st), Veronica Mayrose (Basic 3 – 1st) Michelle Kielas (Basic 7 – 1st), and Sofiya Briguene (Preliminary Spins – 2nd, Preliminary Test Track Freeskate – 6th). These skaters train in Northfield and at various skating clubs in the Twin Cities metro with NSS Director Carey Tinkelenberg.

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Check out NSS Director’s Article in SKATING Magazine!

Northfield Skating School - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 7:09am

Northfield Skating School Founder/Director Carey Tinkelenberg and U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Manager Erin Schopf co-authored an article in this month’s issue of SKATING Magazine. The article focuses on parent education programs that strengthen communication and lead to stronger Basic Skills skating programs. Check it out on page 40:

Read SKATING Magazine Article

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Remodel a Spare Room

Northfield Construction Company - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 6:57pm

Most homeowners struggle with the idea of how they can make use of a spare room in their home. Whether you’ve moved into a new house with more rooms or have additional space, you may be faced with the same problem. Some people simply turn an unused room into a guest bedroom. While guest bedrooms […]

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Creating Online Content for Your Business

Brand Yourself Consulting - Tami Enfield - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 6:18pm
You’ve heard it from your friends and other business owners: If you...
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Registration Open for Winter Workshop with Drew Meekins & Kate McSwain

Northfield Skating School - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 3:09pm

Northfield Skating School is thrilled to announce our two-day Winter Guest Workshop with two superb coaches and choreographers! Drew Meekins, International Coach and World Junior Champion, will join us from the World Arena and Ice Hall in Colorado Springs. Kate McSwain, AIT-Certified National Level Choreographer of the reigning Senior-level National Champion Theater on Ice Team will join us from The Skating Club of Boston. Drew and Kate will team up to present an intensive master class in movement to help skaters develop their fullest performance potential. See flyer for details. Early bird registration ends 11/24.

Register until Dec 1st or until workshop is full! Early bird discount for registrations postmarked by 11/24/14.

Download Registration Form   Download Printable Flyer

 View Drew’s Bio    View Kate’s Bio View Kate’s website


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What Bathroom Layout Works Best for You?

Northfield Construction Company - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 9:46pm

If you’re considering adding or expanding a bathroom, you’ll want to determine the type of bathroom layout you want. Your layout design should factor in any amenities or fixtures you want to include in your bathroom remodel. We found this great infographic from Freshome Design & Architectural Magazine. It outlines some basic bathroom remodeling layouts, […]

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West Side Renovation Project

Northfield Construction Company - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:11pm

Our carpenters are busy on our West Side Renovation Project. We’ve done a bunch of work in the existing basement. Now we have moved on outside and are framing the expansion area. The lower level walls are in place and workers are installing the upper level walls. For this project we elected to use open […]

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Five Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Attic

Northfield Construction Company - Fri, 10/31/2014 - 6:04pm

Attics are extremely versatile rooms, whether you use them for extra storage space, an at home office, family entertainment room, or bedroom. Depending on the amount of space you have to utilize, you could virtually transform any unfinished attic into any room of your dreams. Have you thought about remodeling your attic recently? If so, […]

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Time to Fall Back

Our late season hours start on November 1st .

Our garden center will be open until Friday, November 8th.  Our hours until then are Monday through Friday – 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Starting on November 10th – we will be here Monday through Fridays, from 8 to 4 until Wednesday November 27th.  We will be closed on the weekends.

We will begin the over-wintering of our plant materials on November 6th, however, some potted trees will remain available and our larger balled and burlapped trees will be available until the ground freezes.  The landscape installation crew will continue until late November.

We are  available for site visits and consultations, and have the ever popular Knecht’s Gift Certificates ready for sale for the holiday season!

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Late Fall Color Bursts

By choosing a few plants for your landscape that are among the last to display excellent fall color each year, you can extend the fall color season by two to three weeks.

Shrubs that provide very nice late fall color and interest include the hydrangeas,

Golden Fall Color on the Clethra Grace Smokebush

Emerald Carousel Barberry, Golden Carousel Barberry, Grace Smokebush, Clethra, Grow-Low Sumac and the rusty orange color of the Tamarisk.


Limelight Hydrangea Tree

Trees that consistently provide excellent late season fall color include Red Oak, Northern Pin Oak, Red Sunset Maple, Autumn Fantasy Maple, Green Mountain Sugar Maple, Dakota Pinnacle Birch, American Larch , Hydrangea trees and the Grace Smoketree.

The picture here is just two days ago of our Limelight Hydrangea tree in our yard.  It started blossoming in late August and is still providing an incredible visual feast!

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Fall Sale Savings Continue

Fall plantings are very successful, and the 20% off to 50% off savings available on our trees, shrubs and perennials continue now through mid-November —  makes it an even better time to come into Knech’ts Nurseries and choose from our huge selection.

If you have been dreaming of having a sizable tree added to your yard, come in now.  We still have a great selection of our larger trees (balled and burlapped) at great discounts which can save you $$$.

Our installation crew will be planting trees until late November.  If you do not want to plant yourself – you can hire our crews to plant the tree(s) for you!

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Home plans (“blueprints”) now on the menu!

Vivus Architecture + Design - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 4:18pm

Do you need plans (“blueprints”) for your new home?

Are you planning a new home and have a pretty good idea what you want and some ideas of how you want the house to look?

Recognizing that not all people need the same level of design service, VIVUS now offers a plan-creation service for those people who need fewer design options and less-detailed customization.

Your home will be drawn custom for you, with the layout and the look that you want, on your building site. When finished, your plans will allow you to get construction pricing, to secure a building permit, and allow you to make all the selections that will go into the finished project. We work with you to provide a home that is exciting, functional, and attuned to your budget.

Additionally, if there are rooms or details you want to be further customized (built-ins in a great room, or custom-made cabinetry and details in the kitchen) those services can be added to make your new home reflect your style and allow you to get accurate construction pricing including those more-detailed areas.

Find more information here.

Don’t know which level of service you need (home plans vs. highly customized home)? Schedule a meeting and we can help you decide which arrangement better suits your needs.

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Northfield: the best US city for well-rounded retirement

Vivus Architecture + Design - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 3:15pm

Northfield has recently been named the best city in the U.S. for a well-rounded retirement, according to MONEY Magazine.

Well, now the secret is out! But what they didn’t say in the article is that it is a great town for those who belong to any age group.

Here is the article and some feedback from our local newspaper.

And here is the original article.

Whether you are contemplating a move to our area or already live here, VIVUS is available to help make your home the best retreat in your corner of the world.

Downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square, (Photo courtesy of Northfield News website)

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Norbert Skluzacek

Today, we will say goodbye to a dear friend and former employee, Norbert Skluzacek.

Norbert worked for us for 4 years following his retirement.  Having worked most of his adult life as a dairy farmer, he brought his farming knowledge and incredible work ethic here to the nursery.   He was such a hard worker and his work ethic was second to none – a trait we sincerely valued.

Norbert was a gentle man, probably the kindest man you would ever meet and had a heart as big as the sky.  His eyes would sparkle when he smiled.  Norbert’s love for his wife, family, his faith and friends was evident during  any conversation you would have with him.

We will always treasure our memories of Norbert.  We love you Norbert – may you rest in peace.


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Four Fireplaces We Love

Northfield Construction Company - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:14pm

The fireplace traditionally has been a necessary component and the “heart” of a home, functioning as a source of heat for many families. Its ambience and comforting warmth now provides contemporary homeowners and designers with an aesthetically pleasing centerpiece for any room, balancing function with beauty. We selected some of our favorite fireplace designs for the […]

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