Peterson Companies News & Blog

Top 5 Seasonal Plants for Spring, Summer, Fall, & Winter

February 19, 2019

The beauty of living in Minnesota is the constant changing of seasons. The colors, textures, and fragrances are always shifting within the landscape. Part of the challenge as a gardener is keeping the garden looking great in each one of the four seasons. Staggering bloom times, paying attention...

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Prevent Winter Salt Damage to Plants

January 31, 2019

What is better to use on icy sidewalks?    Sand or salt? The answer is both. Sand and salt serve two separate functions. Sand creates traction on the ground while salt raises the melting point of the ice. Both of these options are fairly inexpensive and abundantly available. However, sand and...

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Shoreline & Backyard Renovation - Project Summary

August 21, 2018

This design goal for this residential landscape project was to create a usable space while lowering the maintenance level of the yard. A large portion of the backyard was a steep slope making it virtually unusable as well as difficult to mow. There were old wooden steps leading to a dilapidated...

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How Does a Seed Lawn Compare to Sod? - Two Months After Installation

July 25, 2018

The great debate among homeowners when installing a new lawn is whether to use seed or sod.  Spoiler alert: there isn't a right answer. However, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to monitor the two different applications side by side. Luckily enough, one of our clients wanted to use...

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Why Your Lawn Has an Unquenchable Thirst for Water

July 16, 2018

Out of all the shrubs, trees, and perennials in your yard, hands down the plant that requires the most amount of water is the grass in your lawn. For how much you water your lawn, you’d expect to have a giant puddle in your backyard by now. It seems as if the thirst is unquenchable and you're...

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Why Do My Plants Keep Dying? - A Guide To Troubleshoot Your Garden

June 11, 2018

For many homeowners, gardening seems impossible. No matter what, where, or how, their plants keep dying despite their best efforts. For those of us who struggle to keep plants alive, we simply concede we don’t have the elusive "green thumb". But what if I told you the trick to a beautiful garden...

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What's The Best Type of Soil For Plants?

April 18, 2018

Four things are required for plants to grow big and hardy: the proper amount of sunlight, the availability of water, enough nutrients, and oxygen. Without these four things, plants will struggle and in some cases, die. Out of those four growth factors, soil has an influence on three of them:...

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Practical Uses for Indoor Plants

January 29, 2018

For many Minnesotans, heavy snowfall and bitter cold can force us inside all winter. We simply arent't built for life in the snow like our other Minnesotans. Rather than ice fish, ski, and play hockey we spend our time in the garden, caring for  vegetables, and getting our hands in the dirt. So...

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Essential Guide to Staying Warm During Winter

January 16, 2018

It's January. It's cold. It's been cold and will continue to be cold. No one needs to tell you that it's cold and I'm sure you've heard from every meteorologist about ways to stay warm during these frigid days. Dress in layers, limit skin exposure yada yada yada, blah blah blah. When gortex...

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