Recent Bushes & Trees Articles


Why Clean Up Fallen Leaves and How to Make It Easier

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 21, 2015

Brightly colored autumn leaves are one of the greatest joys of the season. However, once these same leaves drop off the trees and land on your yard or your roof, they are usually no...


The Smart Gardener's Guide to Leaf Removal

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 27, 2015

Okay, so you didn't make it in time for your town's leaf pickup ... er, pickups ... last fall. Then they scheduled another round of leaf removal early this spring. Uh-huh. You missed...

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Keep Your Landscape Looking Its Best

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jan 25, 2015

Winter is hard on gardens. It's a time of severe weather -- storms, snow, hail, and wind. Couple that with sudden unexpected thaws and you've got a recipe for garden damage. The good...

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Feeding Birds in Winter

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 17, 2014

Winter is a difficult season for birds who stick around in northern climes. They need extra stamina to keep themselves warm, just at the time of year when their usual foods are in short...

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10 Top To-Dos for Fall Maintenance

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 13, 2014

1. Take Care of Your Furnace. If you live in a chilly place like Minneapolis, an HVAC system that delivers optimal performance is a wintertime must. Schedule a professional maintenance...

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Planting a Tree

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 02, 2014

Gardening in your backyard … and front yard, and indoors, and on your balcony … is enjoying a huge wave of popularity among Americans. Everyone seems to want to get their...

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Plums: Blossoms of Spring

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Apr 02, 2014

Around the world, the first sign of spring after the appearance of delicate crocuses poking their way through a crust of snow is plum blossoms, which burst out earlier than every other...

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Does Tree Planting Really Help?

Posted by Katie Marks | G+ | Mar 03, 2014

I love trees. Not for nothing am I called, on occasion, a tree hugger. But I got to wondering recently about the popular belief that planting trees will help save the environment;...