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Minnesota Plant Care Guide

Spring is upon us here in Minneapolis, and people all over Minnesota are planting their gardens in anticipation of summer flowers, fruits, and vegetables. But buying the plants and planting them is only half the battle. When everything is in the ground and starting to take root, how do you care for your plants?

General Plant Care

  • Weed your garden regularly.
  • Use mulch to keep the soil moist and cut down on weeds.
  • Install new mulch every year or every other year.
  • Water in the morning, before the heat of the day sets in.
  • Soak the ground with water so moisture reaches the roots—don’t just water the surface.
  • Deadhead flowering plants in the spring or fall to encourage a longer blooming period.
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Mulch can help cut down on weeds.

Annuals

  • Plant after the threat of frost has passed. Generally for the Twin Cities metro area, this will be late April to mid-May. The threat for frost in northern Minnesota could last until the end of May.
  • Fertilize when appropriate. We recommend a product called Osmicote but there are a wide variety of brands and products on the market.
  • It is possible to over water these plants so watch the water amount the first few times you water.

Perennials

  • Cut down in late fall or early spring to promote proper growth.
  • Plant bulbs in fall for spring growth (be sure to plant them facing up!).
  • Fertilize when appropriate.
  • Divide in the spring, every 3-4 years.

Special Cases

  • If you don’t have much a green thumb or want a lower-maintenance garden, you can choose plants that don’t need as much water, such as evergreens, grasses, sedums, and hostas.
  • Check hanging baskets and container gardens at least once a day to ensure they haven’t dried out.
sedum ground cover

Besides being easy to care for, sedum makes a great ground cover.

If you’re looking to install a new garden or other landscaping features, our team at KG Landscape is always ready to help. Give us a call at 763-568-7251 or send us a message through our quick quote system, and we’ll be in touch.