Monthly Archives: April 2011

Burning Grasses Spring 2011

In just a few seconds grasses quickly burn, as seen in the slide show above. April 25, 2011 was a good day to burn; the plants were dry and there was little wind. Note the nonflammable fire protection suits worn … Continue reading

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Cool season blue oat grass cleanup

Blue oatgrass, Helictotrichon sempervirens, is a tough, hardy grass. Looks rough in this photo, but it is starting to grow. Remove the dead foliage by raking the plants. Mice and rodents love to spend the winter in this plant and … Continue reading

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Springtime grass cleanup

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s Ornamental Grass Collection is very flat this spring of 2011, due to heavy snow for 123 days. Warm season ornamental grasses grow better when they are cut or burned back in the spring. Cool season grasses … Continue reading

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Cool Season Grasses are Growing

Millium effusum ‘Aureum’ or golden wood millet is one of the first grasses to grow in the spring. A bright yellow for several weeks, it looks good with pansies and spring bulbs. This photo is from April 19, 2010, one … Continue reading

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Rabbit Damage

Animal damage, often from rabbits, is common this spring. 127 days of snow on the ground was rough for all of us! Here is the fallen Toka plum showing where rabbits enjoyed the bark (light area no longer has bark). … Continue reading

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Redbud, Cercis canadensis

Native to central and eastern US, redbud is an early spring flowering small tree. Its tiny lilac or pink flowers cluster along the stem and come out before the folaige.  At the J.C.Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, North Carolina, the National … Continue reading

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Spring Flowers in Minnesota

In 2001 I planted 50 corms each of Crocus tommasinianus and C. tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’. The first year the squirrels ate many of the corms, and in following years deer ate the foliage, and my husband closely circled the foliage … Continue reading

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