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Hydrangea Plant....

I received a beautiful "blue blooms" hydrangea. It had four large perfect blooms. Because it was too cold outside I kept it in the house for about 3 weeks before moving it outdoors. During that time the blooms turned brown on the edges. What is causing that? What do I do now? I thought I cared for them appropriately as far as watering and keeping them in a good environment. Disregard the "Image upload" below. I was not able to download a photo.

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Hennepin County Minnesota 11 days ago

Black Hills Spruce sick/dying

I bought this house 7 years ago and had 5 black hills spruce in the backyard. I removed a spindly dead one yesterday but on all of them have been removing dead lower branches the last several years. There is a lot of shade--big ash to the east and south and river birch to the west. I did add several inches of mulch about 3 years ago. Anything I can do to improve likelihood of saving remainder? On the left of 7733 you can see the best of the spruce and on the right part of the 3 river birch. There is a large slope behind me from which I get a lot of rain water and behind that is where there's a large ash that shades formic of the year. 7730 shows a close up of damaged branch. Thank you for any assistance.

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Hennepin County Minnesota 30 days ago

Grotrax grass seed blanket product

Is this product, available on line and at big box stores, useful for growing grass in areas where it has been hard to grow grass? Is it too late in the year to try it? If we purchase some now would it be good to use next spring if we didn’t put it down yet this year?

Hennepin County Minnesota 10 months ago

Lawn infested with clover

How may I remove clover from my lawn without damaging the grass and fouling the environment?

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Hennepin County Minnesota 11 months ago

Better/alternate answer to previous question re. neighbors and pollinator garden

In answer to the question:

Preparing for a pollinator yard

You suggested leaving a border of grass between the pollinator garden and the neighbors' property line. I agree with talking to the neighbor first. But there's a better solution than leaving a border of grass that needs to be mowed. I would say, plant a border of Penn Sedge, thick enough that your wildflower roots won't spread to the neighbor's yard. That way you don't have to mow, and it will look neat and tidy.

Hennepin County Minnesota 12 months ago

Lawn grubs

Is there a way to check for grubs (Japanese beetles) now. If beetles are present what should I do and when?

Hennepin County Minnesota 12 months ago

Catalpa tree health?

The tree on my boulevard has growth on the bottom, but the branches are bare. Is something wrong?

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Hennepin County Minnesota 12 months ago

Tall weed

Could you please identify the plant in the picture?

Hennepin County Minnesota 12 months ago

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