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Northfield, MN Nurseries and Landscaping
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Sugar Maples have earned the admiration of millions upon millions of people throughout North America for their breathtaking fall color, the strength and usefulness of their wood, wonderful cooling shade, and for providing the sap that makes maple syrup production possible. Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple is a selection by Minnesota’s own Bailey Nurseries that has rapidly become the standard of quality.
Within a week, the sap will begin to flow at long last, a sure sign of spring. If you plant a Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple this year, perhaps your children or grandchildren will be able to make maple syrup from it some day. In the meantime, you will have a Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple that is a great tree.
For best results, plant your Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple in medium textured soil that drains properly, but not excessively. Avoid compacted soils, and chronically waterlogged areas. Fall Fiesta will grow into a nice sized tree at a moderate pace when just enough, but not too much fertility and water are available.
Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple will become a full size shade tree of 50′ to 70
‘ tall by 50′ wide, so plan accordingly when choosing the planting location. You may have to wait to get maple syrup from your new Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple, but you won’t have to wait long for great fall color. In just a season or two, you should see a beautiful combination of yellow, orange and red color when summer gives way to the fall color change in October.
By late winter, most of us are longing for green grass, spring flowers and the return of color to the landscape. Despite the pounding of a tough winter, one of my all time favorite plants for adding excellent color to the landscape is in its glory in the waning weeks of winter.
Cardinal Red Twig Dogwoods absolutely shine in late winter. The neon red / orange stems of Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood provide an intense splash of color, especially when contrasted against pure white snow banks. In our photo, we have Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood planted in the back and in front, is a dwarf variety of the standard Red Twigged Dogwood, Arctic Fire.
Plant a mass of Cardinal Red Twig Dogwood in a generous sized area with full sun for the best effect. As the sun intensity increases in late February and the month of March, the color pop of the stems also increases.
Green industry jobs span a broad range of areas, including production of seeds, sod, flowers, shrubs and trees, as well as landscape design, landscape installation, retail and wholesale distribution and sales of plant materials. It’s an excellent time to get started, since many green industry companies are currently interviewing people to fill openings on their staff.
Many people find satisfying careers simply by going to work for a nursery or landscaping company, and working hard to learn by on-the-job training.
Other people choose to enter a horticulture school such as the one at Dakota County Technical College, gaining a rich and broad foundation of knowledge and entering the work force through internships.
Whichever path fits best for you, we’d like to encourage anyone thinking about a career in our industry to stop by at the nursery for a visit. We’d like to get acquainted. We are hiring now.
A relentless, old-fashioned Minnesota winter has a firm grip on us, as early March weather feels more like mid-January. Despite almost no let-up in the significantly lower than normal temperatures, it really won’t be very long until our hopes are realized, and some 40 degree plus weather and a strengthening sun gnaw away at the snowbanks.
When daytime temperatures reach the 30′s and re-freezing occurs at night, sap flow begins in the trees gracing our yards, fields, forests and urban areas. Maple syrup producers will be boiling down sap into the very best compliment for a stack of buttermilk pancakes.
In the next 10-20 days, the sap flow will begin. Some years this happens in February, but this year it will be later due to the extended cold temperatures. Regardless of when it occurs, the beginning of sap flow in trees is the beginning of the end of winter!
This period of the four seasons that we are about to experience is the rebirth of a landscape that has been sleeping quietly since late October when dormancy really became established. As the days grow ever longer rest assured that hope springs eternal. The timeless dance of new life is about to begin.
This standout little hosta makes a statement in your hosta garden. A small plant – reaching only 10 inches high by 24 inches wide, the leaves are cupped and are of heavier substance. A beautiful gold centered inside surrounded by a dark green margin it will produce near white flowers in the summer. This plant is a sport of Maui Buttercups and is often paired with Wylde Green Cream.
Rainforest Sunrise was named Hosta of the Year in 2013 by the American Hosta Society. To be named Hosta of the Year – a hosta has to have surpassed many different criteria – some of which are availability across the country and at an affordable price, hardy in most of the country and reliability all season long.
Pictured here is my Rainforest Sunrise, and I have it planted in a threesome, the other two being Maui Buttercups and Wylde Green Cream. We have many new hostas coming this year and after such a long harsh winter – I am more than ready to get my hands dirty!
. At Knecht’s Nurseries we produce Peak Performance Trees by placing them into specially designed and constructed plastic pots that have dozens of openings in the side walls, and even on the bottom of the pots. When tree roots contact these openings they are soon root pruned by the air drying out the tip of the root. This prevents roots from circling and becoming root-bound as they so often do in standard solid walled plastic pots.
A tree that is not root bound will just plain grow better. The air root pruning that Knecht’s Peak Performance Trees experience in their special pots does not harm the tree. Instead, the root system is actually stimulated by the air root pruning at the outer edge of the pot The stimulus response produces huge quantities of fine roots inside the root ball that virtually eliminate transplant shock at planting time, and speed establishment of new roots into the surrounding soil.
Stop in at our garden center this April or May and see the remarkable Peak Performance Trees at Knecht’s Nurseries. Better yet, plant a Peak Performance Tree this spring and experience the joy of watching your new tree grow vigorously the very first season it is in your yard!
Valuable trees in your landscape can suffer damage to the bark from winter sun, mice and rabbits eating bark, deer antler rubbing and scarring from weed whips and mower decks. If the bark on your younger trees is still intact, it’s not too late to protect them with inexpensive, easy to install white plastic tree wraps.
Most of the damage to tree bark from winter sun occurs from mid-February to early April when the sun’s rays are growing stronger day by day. Sunlight bounces off the snow pack onto the south/southwest side of the trees on sunny days. Think about it. After a winter spent largely indoors, an outing in the late winter sun can cause sunburn to our faces, such as that experienced by skiers around the outside of their goggles. Much the same thing can happen to thin and tender tree bark.
Taking one minute to install a white plastic tree wrap to the bottom 4 feet of the trunk of a young tree will prevent the sunlight damage called sunscald. A white wrap also reduces rapid temperature fluctuations which can stimulate premature sap flow. On thin barked young trees premature sap flow in a day followed by a rapid drop to near zero degrees Fahrenheit or lower can cause a rupture of the bark that becomes visible weeks later in early spring.
This is severe damage to the tree, and is usually prevented by installing a white plastic trunk protector.
The use of a dark colored material to cover the tree bark can actually aggravate bark damage due to the greater temperature fluctuations of the dark colored materials.
We have good inventories of four different styles of white plastic tree bark protectors available at the nursery office. We are open 9 am to 4 pm – M-F in February and the first half of March. We’ll have longer hours thereafter. It only costs a few dollars to protect your valuable young trees. It’s pretty disappointing to wish you had. A really nice feature of the tree wraps that we sell is that they can be re-used for 3-5 winters. Be sure to remove the tree wraps each spring about the time you mow your law for the first time.
Wintergreen Arborvitae are hard to beat for applications where a tall, hardy, dark green, fast growing privacy screen or windbreak is important to make the function and feel of a landscape just right. Plant Wintergreen Arborvitae in a continuous straight or curving row, or group them in staggered clusters that are sited in the foreground /background and in between if a somewhat more naturalized look is desired.
Not only are Wintergreen Arborvitae very fast growing, they are also quite resistant to winter burn. You seldom see a Wintergreen Arborvitae turn brown after a tough winter.
While some varieties of pyramidal arborvitae can splay apart during heavy wet snow or ice events, Wintergreen Arborvitae usually stand tall while other varieties are flopping.
A little patience is required after planting a group of Wintergreen Arborvitae. Wintergreen Arbs grow so fast that they briefly have a thin lanky look. With three to four years a four foot Wintergreen can become a beautiful 10-12 footer. It is usually during the third year that the lanky look begins to disappear and the Wintergreen not only provides a good tall screen, but also develops a density that creates a handsome appearance.
Wintergreen Arborvitae grow to a mature width of about 8 foot and reach to about 35 feet tall. Most spruce trees reach widths of 25 to 50 feet, necessitating a lot of space to get a decent screen. A much narrower area of just 8-10 feet wide is all that is required for a screen of Wintergreen Arborvitae.
If you see an evergreen privacy screen in your future you may want to consider Wintergreen Arborvitae, and its two excellent close cousins North Pole Arborvitae and American Pillar Arborvitae. Both North Pole and American Pillar carry a strong dose of Wintergreen Arborvitae genetics, and perform extremely well in even narrower spaces than the Wintergreen and are plants designated as Proven Winner plants.
Come into our garden center for a look in mid-April. We carry all these of hardy, fast growing upright arborvitae in our production and retail inventories. Watch for our spring sales coupons via our e-news newsletter.
The Como Park Rose is a very hardy shrub rose that produces beautiful rich red roses that remind me of the classic red roses that are a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. While Valentine’s Day cut roses usually last a week or so, the re-blooming characteristics of the Como Park Rose bring forth these lovely red roses quite consistently over a period of about twenty weeks each growing season here in southern Minnesota. It’s definitely a rose that keeps on giving.
At Knecht’s Nurseries & Landscaping in our Garden Center, we sell about 250 or more varieties of shrubs, and when it comes to roses, we have decided to sell only hardy shrubs roses so our customers are very likely to have roses that are successful over a period of years, rather than a few months. The Como Park Rose is part of the Easy Elegance series of shrubs roses developed by Bailey Nurseries from St. Paul. Over 30+ years, Bailey’s has done an incredibly good job of hybridizing and testing thousands of hardy shrub roses, and selecting the very best to be part of their Easy Elegance rose series. These roses thrive in Minnesota, are very disease resistant, flower heavily, and offer great beauty and many color selections.
While the snow is still deep, and we can’t sell you a Como Park Rose today, it will be time to begin planting in just 8-10 weeks. This year consider adding some hardy shrub roses like the Como Park Rose to a sunny area of your landscape. They are sure to please for years to come.
Happy Valentine’s Day from all of here at Knecht’s Nurseries and the Como Park Rose!
Bernie Emery has been working for us for the last two seasons and this year she will be assuming the responsibilities as our Retail Manager. Bernie has just completed – and passed – the examination of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) and earned the designation of Certified Nursery and Landscape Professional. She joins five others on our staff who are also certified.
This designation is a result of putting time into the industry, studying hard and passing a rigorous examination. We are pleased to have Bernie as part of our staff. She is looking forward to working with our customers and giving them the greatest customer service she can provide!
If you are feeling a bit stir crazy due to the old-fashioned Minnesota winter we have been experiencing, you can break out of the craziness by using the last part of the winter to design a new fresh look for your landscape. It can be liberating to experiment with pencil and paper – sketching out different new layouts for an area of your landscape that has become old, tired or overgrown.
Give yourself permission to jot down all of the ideas that come to you, a list of your likes and dislikes and some broad brush vision of what you are hoping for. Then quickly do several quick rough sketches that translate your ideas into a simple layout. Initially don’t worry about what’s right or wrong, striving instead to just get your ideas on paper. Once you have a few rough diagrams on paper, put them away for a couple of days, and then pull them out and review your brainstorming concept sketches. Over a period of days or weeks, pull together the most satisfying ideas and fine tune into your final plan.
If this seems like an exercise that you just don’t want to do – Knecht’s Nurseries and Landscaping offers some help. Our Landscape Designer, Amy Voight, has a great depth of experience designing landscapes that are custom tailored to the wants, needs and tastes of each family she works with. We can assist you with on-site consultations & advice, landscape design and installation. These services are detailed on our Landscape Page. Simply contact our office either by phone or on-line and we can arrange an initial consultation. Pre-season planning makes it possible to see the landscape of your dreams become a reality during spring or early summer. Give us a call today and we’ll get the ball rolling.