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GARDENING

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Crocus plants bloom best in full to part sun and have lovely flowers.
This week, Don Kinzler addresses how to make a poinsettia bloom, whether herbicide-treated yard clippings are safe for compost and when to remove the stakes from a new tree.
In this week's Growing Together column, Don Kinzler lists several perennials that offer a mix of fall blooms. "Fall-blooming perennials usher the growing season out with a flair," Kinzler writes.
Other questions include the best time and how to remove tree root suckers and thistles, when to spray lawns for weeds and fertilize, and is it too late to plant shrubs.
In this week's Fielding Questions column, Don Kinzler addresses how to prevent woodpecker damage, improving tulip blooms and collecting seeds from flowers.
In this week's Growing Together column, Don Kinzler tackles several frequently-asked questions about a wide variety of trees.

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As the summer waned, Jenny Schlecht thought she had won the battle against garden pests and looked forward to a feast of sweet corn. The area raccoons made sure to let her know that she was wrong.
Other questions regard best shade tree to plant, best spruce tree, how to know when to harvest Brussels sprouts, can hops be grown in a home garden, and can a grapefruit or tangerine tree be started from the seed in the fruit at the grocery store.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, hummingbirds start migrating south as early as mid-August and most leave the state by the end of September, although you may still see stragglers into October.

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