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Mast Years and Their Effect on Trees

Mast Years and Their Effect on Trees

What is a mast year? I get this question a lot from gardeners, but not in this form. Many gardeners ask it in a different way. For example, why are the trees producing such large and so many acorns this year? Or, why did my apples produce so well last year, but not this year. […]

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Trees for Birds – The Top 6 for Landscapes

Trees for Birds – The Top 6 for Landscapes

Trees for birds? Are trees not for birds? It really makes a difference what kind of trees you plant. With September and fall tree planting right around the corner, we need to plan ahead for the kinds of trees to plant. Too often, we plant trees for ourselves, and what we want, not thinking about […]

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Fruit Tree Guide – Growing Peaches

Fruit Tree Guide – Growing Peaches

There is almost nothing as wonderful as the taste of fresh, tree-ripened peaches on a warm afternoon. With the sweet juice running down your chin and the buzz of insects around, if you have not experienced this, then you need to plant some peach trees. Here in the Central Great Plains, peaches can be difficult […]

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Redbud – April Plant of the Month

Redbud – April Plant of the Month

The redbud is our April plant of the month for 2022. I have a long love for redbud trees, they have been everywhere I have been. Growing up in North Central Kansas, they were one of the first trees I learned, because they were growing wild in my backyard. I have spent the better part […]

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Magnolia – March Plant of the Month

Magnolia – March Plant of the Month

Magnolia is our first Plant of the Month for 2022. These early blooming trees and large shrubs come in a variety of flower colors, sizes, and hardiness. The flowers on magnolias are well known for their fragrance, and in Northeast Kansas, for being caught by late spring freezes. Even with the hardiness of the flower […]

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Trees for Arbor Day Foundation – Celebrating 50 Years

Trees for Arbor Day Foundation – Celebrating 50 Years

150 years ago, Arbor Day was founded by J. Sterling Morton. 50 Years ago, the Arbor Day Foundation was begun. And now, at the celebration of those 50 years, Grimm’s Gardens has become a big part of it all. Doug Grimm, the founder of Grimm’s Gardens, has worked another amazing tree partnership, this time with […]

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Plants for Winter Interest in the Garden

Plants for Winter Interest in the Garden

Now that winter is finally upon us, I like to look at my garden and think about the future. Right now, the snow is settled over the landscape, and I can see what looks good in it. Plants for winter interest are definitely needed. But we also want plants with multiple season interest. If we […]

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Guide to Picking a Shade Tree – Evergreen Trees

Guide to Picking a Shade Tree – Evergreen Trees

Picking an evergreen shade tree should not be difficult. But many people do not think of evergreens as shade trees. They are usually thought of as windbreak or specimen trees. We need to work around that misjudgment, and let gardeners know that evergreen trees can be for shade too. Before you ever decide which evergreen […]

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