European Larch, Larix decidua

Not all conifers are evergreen, and larch is one example of a conifer that loses its needles every year. The European larch is a large, deciduous tree hardy to zone 2 that is often grown as an ornamental (the North American species, including are rarely offered in the horticulture trade). Learn more about Larix decidua in this article

Choosing Trees and Shrubs Under Powerlines

Laura Jull, UW-Extension Revised:  11/2/2011 Item number:  MG&E website This website features small trees that can be planted underneath or near powerlines, in addition to larger shrubs that can be used for screening. The search data includes plants for sun, partial shade or shade, wet, moist or dry soil, plants with showy flowers, fruit or […]

Winter Salt Injury and Salt-tolerant Landscape Plants

Laura Jull, UW-Extension Revised:  8/13/2012 Item number:  A3877 This publication focuses on recognizing and preventing plant damage caused by deicing salts, evaluates the pros and cons of alternatives to rock salt, and provides an extensive list of salt-tolerant plants.   Download Article

Plants Not Favored by Deer

If deer visit your property, you’ve likely already experienced the frustration of having landscape plants destroyed overnight. Before planting (or replanting), check out this list of trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs, and grasses that deer tend to avoid.

Planning and Designing Your Home Landscape

Dan A. Wilson, Thomas J. Wilson, Wayne G. Tlusty Revised:  5/10/2010 Item number:  G1923 This publication explores landscape planning: putting the plan on paper; selecting, placing, and planting trees and shrubs; and maintaining the home grounds. Download Article

Hardiness Maps

Some plants can survive colder winter temperatures than others. Zone of cold hardiness refers to the plant’s ability to survive the winter. It plays a key factor in selecting landscape plants for the region. USDA has classified the entire United States into 13 plant hardiness zones based on their average, annual minimum temperature during 30 […]

Concolor Fir, Abies concolor

Native to the western US, concolor fir is a great  evergreen tree for the Midwestern landscape. It is one of the most adaptable firs and is a good substitute for blue spruce. Slow-growing, with an almost perfect pyramidal Christmas tree shape, this tree needs little maintenance in most landscapes. To learn more about concolor fir, read this article…

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